• Designed to Kill?
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently added laparoscopic and endoscopic electrosurgical accessories to its list of critical reprocessed single-use devices (SUDs) whose exemption from pre-market requirements has been terminated and for which validation data, as ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Liquid Waste Management and Disposal
    In Part I of this series, the focus was proper fluid management by operating room (OR) personnel, their training, their awareness of state and city regulations, and annual competency testing. In Part II, we address the new technologies available and how to reduce costs ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Hand Hygiene:
    A WAR IS BEING waged against infectious agents, with newly energized efforts on both a domestic and a global front to boost hand-hygiene compliance. On the domestic front, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the originator of the 100,000 Lives Campaign, has ...More
  • Welcome to Our New Website!
    If you have been reading ICT since 2000, you know that I have an opinion on just about everything, and I blame that on being a newspaperwoman for the majority of my 20-plus-year career in publishing. ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Blogs
  • Keeping MRSA from Spreading
    Question: Is there an effective way to keep MRSA from spreading throughout a facility? Some fail-safe means of training staff to have good hand hygiene, for example? Response: I’m not convinced that any intervention is fail-safe in the prevention and control of antibiotic ...More
  • Quick-Med Technologies, Inc. to Address Congressional 21st Century Healthcare Caucus on Hospital Infection Prevention
    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Quick-Med Technologies, Inc. announces that it will present its NIMBUS technology as a potential solution for preventing hospital infections at a Congressional Technology Briefing to be hosted by the Unites States House of Representatives' 21st Century ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Best Practices for Steam Sterilization
    Question: What are the best practices for utilizing steam to sterilize? Response: One best practice would be to follow the sterilizer manufacturer's instructions when using your sterilizer. Another great practice would be for device manufacturers of instruments or ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • Proper Storage for Sterile Supplies
    Question: How does one properly store sterile supplies for the OR? Response: According to the current standard, items must be stored in a humidity controlled environment,covered in plastic or in a cabinet with doors or in storage devices that do not allow dust to settle. ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • HHS Report Indicates Two-Thirds of ICU Patients Receive Suboptimal Care
    A newly released report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) indicates that two-thirds of patients needing critical care services may be receiving suboptimal care, because the current demand for critical care services has surpassed the supply of ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in News
  • Handing off Sharps
    Question: Is there a fail safe way to hand off sharps? Response: The Operating Room is the second most common environment where sharps injuries occur. The Center for Disease Control provides an excellent resource on line, “Workbook for Designing, Implementing, and ...More
    June 1, 2006 Posted in Articles