Infection Prevention

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February 2018
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CDC updates data on HAIs

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on January 5 updated its data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) have dropped 50% since 2008. Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) have had consistent year-to-year decreases, especially since those caused by yeast were deleted from the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 12, 2018
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Joint Commission, CDC announce new infection prevention guides for outpatient settings

Editor's Note The Joint Commission and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) have been collaborating since late 2015 on a 3-year project titled, “Adaptation & Dissemination of Outpatient Infection Prevention (ADOPT).” The goal of the project is to adapt, enhance, and disseminated current CDC guidance on infection prevention and…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2018
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Wearing long sleeves to prep decreases airborne contaminants

Editor's Note Wearing long sleeves with gloves while prepping a patient in the OR decreased large-particle and microbial shedding compared with prepping with bare arms, in this study. A mock patient skin prep was performed in 3 different ORs. A long-sleeved gown and gloves or bare arms were used to…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 12, 2017
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Cost-benefit analysis of OR air change rates

Editor's Note Increasing OR ventilation rates to improve outcomes and reduce surgical site infections did not provide cleaner air but did increase operating costs in this study. Air quality was measured at different ventilation rates in three ORs. Increasing air change rates did not provide an overall cleaner environment. Significant…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 30, 2017
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Examining surgical outcomes to identify procedures needing additional QI efforts

Editor's Note This analysis of 10 surgical procedures accrued into the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) between 2008 and 2015, identified which procedures improved the most from QI efforts and which needed more. Hepatectomy demonstrated the greatest improvement across the greatest number of outcomes…

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By: Judy Mathias
November 29, 2017
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Chasing Zero: Making the Decision for Prevention is the Only Choice

After this session you’ll be able to: 1. Discuss using the root cause analysis (RCA) tool to problem solve reduction of high-risk events. 2. Describe organization strategy and a multidisciplinary approach to action planning. 3. Review lessons learned from a collaborative risk assessment process for preventing sentinel events. Why this…

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Greater vigilance needed to combat ureteroscope contamination

A new study by Ofstead & Associates (St Paul, Minnesota) is the latest to raise concerns about infections associated with endoscopic procedures. The study, which focused on ureteroscopes, found that the techniques used to clean and sterilize or high-level disinfect flexible ureteroscopes are not sufficient and leave behind contamination including…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, MA, RN
November 15, 2017
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Latest steam sterilization standard available from AAMI

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) in September released the newest version of the ANSI/AAMI ST 79 Comprehensive Guide to Steam Sterilization and Sterility Assurance in Healthcare Facilities. This document, last updated in 2013, has been under a major review for changes in the format presentation and…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, CRCST, CHL, CIS, ACE, FCS
November 15, 2017
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Study: Cloth skull caps more effective than bouffant disposable caps in preventing airborne contamination

Editor's Note Surgeon’s cloth skull caps that expose small amounts of the ears and hair are not inferior to bouffant disposable hats that cover those features, finds this study presented October 25 at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2017 in San Diego and published online October 26 in…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 26, 2017
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Preop antibiotics significantly lower SSI risk in left colorectal surgery

Editor's Note Adding oral antibiotics to mechanical bowel preparation for left colorectal cancer surgery significantly lowered the rate of surgical site infections (SSIs), but the effect was marginal in right-colon resections, this study finds. For 89 patients having left colorectal resections, the rate of SSIs was 27% with mechanical bowel…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 23, 2017
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Penicillin allergy linked to SSI risk

  Editor's Note In this study from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, patients with penicillin allergies had a 50% increased odds of developing surgical site infections (SSIs), which the researchers attributed to the second-line antibiotics administered to them.  A total of 8,385 patients who had surgery between 2010 and 2014…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 19, 2017
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Lunch Presentation: Shedding Light on Prevention of Surgical Site Infections sponsored by GETINGE GROUP

Reflect, refresh, and recharge while earning an additional CE credit during this exclusive luncheon presentation by Getinge Group! SSI’s are currently a true burden in United States healthcare, and while there are multiple factors that contribute to the development of them, no single intervention is sufficient enough to prevent them.…

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