• Nurses Rate First, Surgeons Last in Operating Room Safety
    A study based on a survey measuring attitudes toward the work environment in the operating room (OR) reveals that surgeons exhibit the lowest level of teamwork and nurses the highest. The survey, called the Safety Attitudes Questionnaire (SAQ), was adapted from an airline ...More
    May 2, 2006 Posted in News
  • Wound Care
    Wound Care By Kathy Dix Wounds come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and can be either chronic or acute. Their diversity means that each wound must be approached with consideration for its own unique characteristics and how best to heal the patient. This may involve more ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Managing Fluid Disposal
    Operating room (OR) personnel are frequently overwhelmed by their numerous responsibilities of not only “fixing” the patient, but also preventing infection, maintaining a sterile field, utilizing only sterile instruments, and in general, ensuring the patient’s safety, as ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Survey Survival
    The necessary evil of accreditation surveys are a very real challenge for today’s infection control practitioners (ICPs). Moreover, the turn of 2006 brought with it the practice of unannounced surveys. Gone are the days of focusing on preparedness for just a few months. ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Power Purchasing
    The power behind every facet of a healthcare facility to function effectively rests within the efficiency of it materials management personnel and their astute purchasing habits. However, like any other area in healthcare, a successful purchasing program cannot be achieved ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Optimizing Disinfectant Application in Healthcare Facilities
    Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in healthcare facilities is critical to reducing the potential contribution of those surfaces to the incidence of healthcare-associated infections (HAIS), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Cleaning is also ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Designed to Kill?
    Over the past few decades laparoscopic surgery has taken on an ever-evolving role in the vast realm of surgical procedures. Laparoscopic surgery is praised for its ability to reduce the effects of surgical trauma, lower morbidity and mortality, and achieve faster recovery ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization
  • New Approach to Defeating Gram-Negative Bugs
    Ronald Woodard’s team set out looking for a way to kill a stubborn type of bacteria and they succeeded — but not in the way he expected. “We didn’t get there the way we thought we’d get there, but in the end, we were right,” says Woodard, chair of medicinal chemistry at the ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • The Push for Patient Safety
    In recent years, an increasingly bright spotlight has been cast on the effort to promote patient safety throughout all healthcare environments. Many effective programs and initiatives, both national and local, have advanced the safety dialogue, and have aided many ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles
  • Best Practices for Scope Reprocessing
    The incidence of scope-related infections is rare. Only a handful of outbreaks have been reported recently in the literature. Of note, the majority of these outbreaks are related to bronchoscopies, not endoscopic procedures related to the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.One ...More
    May 1, 2006 Posted in Articles