Surgical hand preparation is an essential part of modern surgery. Both alcohol-based and antiseptic detergent-based hand preparation are recommended practices, with a trend toward use of alcohol based handrubs.
A new in-vitro study by University of California, Davis, researchers indicates that quaternary ammonium compounds (quats), used as antimicrobial agents in common household products inhibit mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, as wel
A James Cook University scientist has made a discovery that will make life easier for surgery patients and their surgeon. Antiseptic solutions are routinely applied to clean the skin prior to surgery.
Scientists from the University of Birmingham and Norwich Research Park have discovered a link between a major mechanism of antibiotic resistance and resistance to triclosan.
The use of topical antibiotics can dramatically alter communities of bacteria that live on the skin, while the use of antiseptics has a much smaller, less durable impact. The study, conducted in mice in the laboratory of Elizabeth Grice, PhD, an assistant professor of dermatology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, is the first to show the long-term effects of antimicrobial drugs on the skin microbiome. Researchers published their findings today in the journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.
The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) will help infection control experts better understand the process and possible results from pending Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decisions on the safety and effectiveness of certain active ingre
Chlorhexidine (CHG) penetrates poorly into skin. The purpose of this study by Casey, et al.
One of the most widely used antimicrobial products in use since 1964, triclosan, is also one of the top 10 environmental contaminants in rivers - possibly disrupting the endocrine systems of wildlife and causing toxic effects to their reproduction and development. Now, a new study at the University of Nevada, Reno has found a potential way to reduce the presence of the antimicrobial that is also linked to problems with antibiotic resistance.
This study by Lanjri, et al.
Reuters Reports on Use of Chlorhexidine Products, Industry Ties Related to Infection Control Science
The news service Reuters is reporting on relationships between industry and researchers in the infection control space, relating to ties that "have helped propel the popularity of chlorhexidine products in hospitals and other healthcare s