Although the odds of another patient with EVD walking into your emergency department are slim, wouldn’t you rather be prepared?
Personal Protective Equipment
The Great ‘Bare Below the Elbows’ Debate: Are Healthcare Workers Better Off With Sleeves or Bare Skin?
Bare skin or sleeved garments—which is better when it comes to preventing the spread of infectious pathogens between patients and healthcare workers (HCW)?
Gloves and gowns are common intensive care unit (ICU) fomites that are frequently contaminated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
By Sylvia Garcia, RN, MBA, CIC
Medical masks are commonly used in healthcare settings to protect healthcare workers (HCWs) from respiratory and other infections. Airborne respiratory pathogens may settle on the surface of used masks layers, resulting in contamination.
More than one-third of healthcare workers were contaminated with multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) after caring for patients colonized or infected with the bacteria, according to a study published today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare
For surgeons getting ready to enter the operating room (OR), the chances of contamination may be lower if they put their gowns on by themselves -- without the assistance of a surgical technician, according to an experimental study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma.
Healthcare workers (HCWs) use personal protective equipment (PPE) in Ebola virus disease (EVD) situations. However, preventing the contamination of HCWs and the environment during PPE removal crucially requires improved strategies.
In case you missed any of this content, ICT presents the 2018 Year in Review for PPE.
Half-facepiece reusable elastomeric respirators are an effective and viable option for protecting healthcare workers from exposure to airborne transmissible contaminants or infectious agents -- for example, influenza virus -- during day-to-day work or with a sudden or rapid influx of patients, su