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  • Scientists Debug Superbug
    An international team of scientists, led by MonashUniversity researchers, has uncovered the workings of a superbug that kills elderly hospital patients worldwide -- a discovery that has the potential to save lives and healthcare systems billions of dollars each year.The ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Antibiotic Combination Defeats Extensively Drug Resistant TB
    A combination of two FDA-approved drugs, already approved for fighting other bacterial infections, shows potential for treating extensively drug resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB), the most deadly form of the infection. This finding is reported by scientists from Albert ...More
    March 2, 2009 Posted in News
  • Study Suggests Water Contaminated with Salmonella More Common Than Once Thought
    By Sam Fahmy A new University of Georgia study suggests that health agencies investigating Salmonella illnesses should consider untreated surface water as a possible source of contamination.Researchers, whose results appear in the March issue of the journal Applied and ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Plane Crash is a Reminder of OR Safety Imperatives
    I was transfixed by the image of passengers of downed U.S. Airways flight 1549 standing huddled on the plane’s wings as it began sinking into the icy Hudson River where it crash-landed shortly after takeoff. According to a decision sciences professor, the split-second ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Professional Accountability in Perioperative Nursing
    Professional accountability in perioperative nursing is a broad descriptor encompassing everything from the manner of our dress, to our values, ethics and moral beliefs. The cornerstone of our practice, however, is the sacred trust our patients place in that professional ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Surgical Best Practices for Infection Prevention
    The goal of surgical best practices is to prevent surgical site infections (SSIs), which can be triggered by contamination from the surgical instrument or by skin flora at the incision site, as well as by bacterial cross-contamination or by surgical hypothermia. Brennan, et ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Maintaining Asepsis Within a Sterile Field in Surgery
    In order to advance in our knowledge of nursing practice we must keep in mind the basic information of the daily tasks that we perform which truly make a difference. One such basic but extremely important task in the perioperative setting is maintaining asepsis within a ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Principles of Aseptic Technique Never Go Out of Style
    It was approximately two years ago that I first wrote about the two-step handwashing technique for the operating room (OR). The idea was to wash and/or or scrub one’s hands with hospital-grade soap to clean the hands before starting the surgical scrub with an ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene
  • Surgical Checklist Reduces Complications and Mortality
    An international pilot study involving Toronto General Hospital (TGH), a teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Toronto, and other hospitals from around the world, has found that using a Surgical Patient Safety Checklist significantly reduces surgical ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • How to Evaluate Surgical Skin Prep Products
    ICT introduces a new, regular column in which members of industry suggest strategies for the evaluation and purchasing of infection prevention and control products. This month we take a look at surgical skin prep products. Participants are: Jane Kirk, MSN, RN, CIC, clinical ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Hand Hygiene