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  • West Nile Researchers Continue Battle
    ALBANY, N.Y.-Cold weather has grounded mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. No new human cases are being reported. The deadly virus appears to be resting for the winter. Not so for West Nile researchers. ``We don't get a rest here,'' said entomologist Theodore Andreadis ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News
  • Service Employees Fight to Ban Unsafe Medical Needles
    Lakewood, NJ-- Medi-Hut Co., Inc., one of the few medical supply companies to manufacture a one-handed, passive anti-stick safety syringe, commends the members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the largest health care workers union, for their push to ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News
  • EU Takes Major Steps Vs. 'Mad Cow'
    BRUSSELS, Belgium--European Union farm ministers on Monday approved a six-month ban on animal products in fodder, part of an extraordinary plan to stem growing panic over mad cow disease. The ban is expected to cost $1.3 billion, but the ministers hope it will return ...More
    December 4, 2000 Posted in News
    ELIMINATING FLUID INVASION.. ...IN FLEXIBLE ENDOSCOPES There is an increased demand on CPD to process more with limited budget relief. By Les Faucher and Lynne A. Thomas, BSN, RN, CGRN When dealing with endoscopes, facilities want to reduce overall operating costs while ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • As Mad Cow Disease Spreads in Europe, Consumers Panic
    PARIS, Nov. 30 - It is not only the French who are in a frenzy about mad cow disease. A panic that began here several weeks ago has now spread throughout Europe. In Germany, a hot line set up to answer questions from the public about the disease collapsed because of too ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in News
  • Botswana could beat AIDS in 15 years - U.N. report
    UNITED NATIONS--Botswana, estimated to have the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, can stop its AIDS epidemic in 15 years through a "social revolution" in sexual behavior along with global support, a U.N. report said. Titled "Towards an AIDS-Free ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in News
  • Automated Washer/Sterilizers
    Automating CPD Instrument Cleaning & Decontamination By Michael Cain Despite significant gains in recognition of the value Central Processing Departments (CPDs) have in a hospital's overall success in the delivery of quality healthcare, funds to upgrade or buy new ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Nursing Role
    Microsurgery Team's Role in Surgical Site Infection Prevention Team strategies for assessing and preparing the patient and the OR By Cynthia Halvorson, RN, MSN, CNOR Approximately 27 million surgical procedures are performed each year. As the third most-reported nosocomial ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • Material Management in the Operating Room
    Material Management in the Operating Room By Darlene Amendolair, RN Cut cost--cut cost--cut cost is all the OR managers are hearing today. Administrators continue to complain that Operating Rooms are overstocked in supplies and those supplies must be standardized to save ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles
  • The Basics
    Class II 510(K) Medical Device By Becki Harter Sterilizing instruments. With all of the implications involved with this procedure, it is easy to understand how the trays, cassettes, and containers used to sterilize them may slip under the cracks. These sterilization trays, ...More
    December 1, 2000 Posted in Articles, Disinfection & Sterilization