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The Mandate to Maintain and Follow Manufacturers’ Maintenance Documents and Service Manuals

June 26, 2019

Many of the regulatory and accreditation criteria for healthcare facilities relate to decontamination, sterilization and maintenance procedures. The standards often require hospital SPD, BMET, OR, Infection Control and other technicians to follow and have easy access to manufacturers’ directives regarding preparing and caring for their devices, equipment and systems.

Healthcare Worker Protection-The Key to Surviving The Next Respiratory Outbreak

November 01, 2018

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.

Risk of Flexible Endoscopes, Including Gastroscopes and Echoendoscopes, Transmitting “Superbugs” Infections: An Important Update

April 12, 2018

The infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology community has continued to sound the alarm about outbreaks of CRE infections related to therapeutic gastrointestinal endoscopy cases in which contaminated and improperly reprocessed duodenoscopes and echoendoscopes were used during clinical procedures.

White Paper: Nasal Decolonization's Broadening Application: Replacing Contact Precautions

March 10, 2018

An increase in prevalence in healthcare settings across the continuum of care over several decades has resulted in MRSA and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) being given priority as targets of reduction efforts by several regulatory and advisory bodies. These include the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Nasal Decolonization's Broadening Application: Replacing Contact Precautions

March 10, 2018

An increase in prevalence in healthcare settings across the continuum of care over several decades has resulted in MRSA and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) being given priority as targets of reduction efforts by several regulatory and advisory bodies. These include the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Handling Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment

October 01, 2017

Hygienically Clean Healthcare certification demonstrates linen and uniform services companies’ commitment to cleanliness through independent, third-party laundry inspection and quantified microbial testing. Inspection and re-inspection verify that items are maintained, washed, dried, ironed, packed, transported and delivered using best management practices (BMPs) to meet key disinfection criteria. Between scheduled and supplemental inspections, ongoing microbial testing quantifies cleanliness and indicates laundry process adjustments. Certification requirements are based on international standards for processing healthcare linens and garments.