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  • 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
  • Protect Your Patients & Facility with Instrument Tracking
    Can you ensure to all patients that every instrument used in their surgical procedure can be tracked back to the sterilizer and load in which it was processed? ANSI/AAMI-recommended practices and industry standards for sterilization support the notion that all items used in ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Containment, Handling and Disposal of Fluid Medical Waste
    Disposing of liquid and solid medical waste from the operating suite is a task that every healthcare facility must perform with an eye toward efficiency and cost effectiveness while protecting healthcare workers (HCWs) from exposure to pathogenic bacteria and viruses. HCWs ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in Articles
  • Scientists Unlock Secrets of C. difficile's Protective Shell
    The detailed structure of a protective 'jacket' that surrounds cells of the Clostridium difficile superbug, and which helps the dangerous pathogen stick to human host cells and tissues, is revealed in part in the March 1 issue of Molecular Microbiology.Scientists hope that ...More
    February 27, 2009 Posted in News
  • Saliva Reveals a Lot About What Lives in Your Mouth
    Like it or not, your mouth is home to a thriving community of microbial life. More than 600 different species of bacteria reside in this "microbiome," yet everyone hosts a unique set of bugs, and this could have important implications for health and disease. In a study ...More
    February 26, 2009 Posted in News