Endoscopy-related infections represent an important threat for healthcare systems worldwide. Recent outbreaks of infections with multidrug resistant micro-organisms have highlighted the problems of contaminated endoscopes.
A new study reveals that during stressful moments in the operating room, surgeons make up to 66 percent more mistakes on patients.
The following is a statement from Jeff Shuren, MD, JD, director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, on updated safety communication about rates of duodenoscope contamination from preliminary postmarket data:
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has issued a new expert guidance on how hospitals and healthcare providers may reduce infections associated with anesthesiology procedures and equipment in the operating room.
Surgically-managed fractures, particularly open fractures, are associated with high rates of surgical site infections (SSIs). To reduce the risk of an SSI, orthopedic surgeons routinely clean open fracture wounds in the emergency department (ED) and then apply a bandage to the open wound.
Adherence to proven protocols for disinfecting surgeons’ hands, patients’ skin, and operating room surfaces could help to halt the spread of dangerous Staphylococcus aureus (S.
Antibiotic prophylaxis regimens are becoming less effective at preventing surgical site infections following colorectal surgery, researchers at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy and Princeton University determined through a systematic review of available literature.
Serious geopolitical and social forces are converging to create the conditions, on a scale unique in history, for a major respiratory pandemic. Prioritizing the protection of healthcare workers will be key to containing such a pandemic.
By Nancy Chobin, RN, AAS, ACSP, CSPM, CFER
Q: Our department was recently cited for not having manufacturer’s written instructions (IFUs) for all the devices we clean and sterilize. How do we ever comply with this? We have so many items to process.
By Karen A. Daley, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Amber H. Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH