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
One of the key interventions in occupational health is vaccination, particularly to protect against influenza. Flu among healthcare personnel (HCP) can lead to lost workdays and can spread to other workers and to patients who are at significant risk of serious flu complications.
By Kelly M. Pyrek
Two cornerstones of a culture of safety in the healthcare environment are occupational health (OH) services and infection prevention and control (IPC), and without direct communication and collaboration, healthcare personnel and patient safety can be jeopardized.
ISPOR, the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced today the publication of new recommendations for economic analysis of vaccination programs given limited resources and budgets.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for inf