• Caring for the Enviroment
    Environmental contamination of the healthcare setting is increasingly being viewed as a potential link in the chain of infection transmission. As the evidence continues to mount, greater emphasis will continue to be placed on the vital role that the environmental services ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • That’s a Wrap
    What do the Holy Grail, the Fountain of Youth, and the perfect sterilization wrap have in common? They are each an item that eludes discovery. Modern science and technology have gone a long way to provide helpmates to sterilization, and although they may not fulfill every ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Mending the Wounded
    The incidence of chronic wounds in the United States is approximately 5 million to 7 million per year, and the annual cost associated with management of these wounds is more than $20 billion, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).1 AHRQ also ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • IC Calendar
    SEPTEMBER 2006 15-16 AORN Informatics ConferenceDenver www.aorn.org 23-26 American Society for Healthcare Central Service Professionals (ASHCSP) annual meetingMohegan Sun, Conn.www.ashcsp.org 24-28 American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) annual ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Making a Case for Conference Attendance
    One of the most important partnerships in the hospital should be the one forged between the environmental services (ES) department and the infection control department. There is frequently a disconnect between these two vital entities, even though they represent a singular ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Playing it Safe: Best Practices in Handling Packs, Trays, and Cases
    The various packs, trays, and cases that move through the operating rooms (ORs) and central sterile department of a healthcare facility come in contact with many opportunities to become compromised. Maintaining the integrity of the packaging and meeting the ultimate goal of ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control in the ICU
    The intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital has always been where the most vulnerable patients are kept, so they can be closely monitored and treated, often with a one-to-one ratio of nurse to patient, for the most scrupulous of care. Even with great advances in medical ...More
  • The Evolving World of OR Infection Control
    In the current era of evidence-based medicine, infection control practices and policies are increasingly subject to rigorous scientific study and data. Just as new and promising approaches to infection control issues emerge from the literature, some established practices ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Pandemicals
    CPA: Contagious Pathogens Aboard We don’t get to pick on accountants much in our line of work. So, being an equal-opportunity critic, we relished this bulletin. A University of Arizona study found that accountants’ workplaces — yes, accountants — have the second highest ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Product Locator
    Cardinal Health Cardinal Health introduces a surgical drape specifically designed to meet the needs of the two most common bariatric surgeries: Roux-en-Y gastric by-pass and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. This unique surgical drape has been engineered with the ...More
    November 7, 2006 Posted in Articles