• Draft Isolation Guideline Addresses New Challenges, ClarifiesOld Issues
    Draft Isolation Guideline Addresses New Challenges, Clarifies Old Issues By Kelly M. Pyrek Clinicians likely will have to wait until late 2004 or early 2005 for the issuance of the fi nal “Guidelines for Isolation Precautions: Preventing Transmission of Infectious Agents in ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, PPE & Standard Precautions
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2004: Product Locator
    Healthmark Designed by endoscopy nurses, this round soaking tray accommodates flexible scopes. The 20-inch diameter tray features a shelf support area with a Velcro strap for securing the vulnerable portion of non-immersible scopes. (800) 521-6224 or www.hmark.com Nonin ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Know Your Surface
    Wiping Out GermsTips for Cleaning and Disinfecting Environmental Surfaces By Mark Fuglsang According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces in healthcare facilities is fundamental in reducing the potential ...More
  • This Just In: Headlines in Disinfection and Sterilization
    This Just In: Headlines in Disinfection and Sterilization Hot off the presses, front-page concerns and on-the-record reactions from the front lines of infection control By John Roark Monitoring Reusable Germicides The monitoring of glutaraldehyde and other reusable ...More
  • It's Time To Break The Mold
    It's Time To Break The Mold By Mary Jo Vesper and Stephen Vesper According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2 million patients develop nosocomial infections each year. Although fungal infections represent a small part of these, they cause a ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • What’s Available
    Perioperative Nursing Education: Rejuvenating a Vanishing Curriculum By Kathy Dix Training nurses in the perioperative arena has been a dying mission since the ‘60s. Penny Boone, who graduated nursing school in 1968, wrote a senior paper on the changes occurring in ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 10/2004: References
    REFERENCES “NO SMOKING ALLOWED: ADDRESSING THE DANGERS OF ESU/LASER PLUME AND SURGICAL FIRES IN THE OR,” BY KRIS ELLIS, PAGE 12. 1. NIOSH Hazard Control/Control of Smoke form Laser/Electric Surgical Procedures-HC11. 2. Barrett WL, Garber SM. Surgical Smoke: A Review of the ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Infection Prevention
    Infection Prevention Through Proper Hand Hygiene and Gloving By Kelly M. Pyrek By now, healthcare workers (HCWs) should know by heart the hand-hygiene drill further underscored in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s 2002 “Guideline for Hand Hygiene in the ...More
  • No Smoking Allowed
    No Smoking Allowed Addressing the Dangers of ESU/Laser Plume and Surgical Fires in the OR By Kris Ellis Surgical smoke and laser plume are byproducts that are created when tissue and cells are vaporized during electrosurgical and laser procedures. While these methods ...More
    October 1, 2004 Posted in Articles
  • Medical Glove Manufacturers Working Toward
    Medical Glove Manufacturers Working Toward COLOR Standardization By Kelly M. Pyrek It will only consist of a few paragraphs in an upcoming guidance document, but it will go a long way toward supporting patient and healthcare worker safety. What the glove manufacturing ...More