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December 2017
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Storage interval not linked to endoscope contamination

Editor's Note In this study of flexible gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopes, none demonstrated clinically relevant contamination at hang times ranging from 7 to 555 days, and most remained uncontaminated up to 56 days after reprocessing. The data suggest that properly cleaned and disinfected GI endoscopes could be stored safely for longer…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 23, 2017
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Antimicrobial sutures shown to prevent SSIs

Editor's Note In this meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis, triclosan-coated sutures were shown to be effective in preventing surgical site infections (SSIs). A total of 21 randomized clinical trials, involving 6,462 patients, were included. The meta-analysis found a risk of 138 SSIs per 1,000 procedures, and the use of triclosan-coated…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 23, 2017
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FDA issues Safety Communication on ED-3490TK duodenoscope by Pentax

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on January 17 issued a Safety Communication to inform Pentax ED-3490TK video duodenoscope users of updated recommendations to help prevent the spread of infection associated with the use of these devices. Since a February 19, 2016, Safety Communication to inform users about…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 19, 2017
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IUSS drops to 5% with team intervention

Reducing immediate use steam sterilization (IUSS) can be challenging, but adhering to standards is essential not only for patient safety, but also for successful accreditation surveys. “Accrediting organizations are hitting hard on all of sterilization, but especially IUSS,” says Rose Seavey, MBA, BA, RN, CNOR, CRCST, CSPDT, president and CEO…

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By: OR Manager
January 18, 2017
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Study: New surgical mask traps, kills viruses

Editor's Note A University of Alberta engineering professor and colleagues have invented a surgical mask that traps and kills viruses by applying a salt formulation to the mask’s filter fibers, the January 5 ScienceDaily reports. When an aerosol droplet carrying a virus contacts the treated fibers, the droplet absorbs the…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 17, 2017
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MRSA infections down 30% at VA hospitals

Editor's Note Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) healthcare-associated infection (HAI) rates have declined significantly over 8 years with the Veterans Affairs MRSA Prevention Initiative, this study finds. Between 2007 and 2015, MRSA HAI rates fell: 87% in ICUs 80.1% in non-ICUs 80.9% in spinal cord injury units 49.4% in long-term care.…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2017
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Study examines bacterial contamination of nurses’ white coats

Editor's Note Fresh white coats should be used by nurses for every shift to minimize the risk of infection, and coats should be made of fabric types that minimize microbial contamination, finds this study. The microbial load of nurses’ white coats made of a polyester cotton blend or polyester fabric…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 9, 2017
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Effect of ERAS, fast track protocols on postop infections

Editor's Note Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and fast track surgery protocols were associated with a significant reduction in postoperative lung, urinary tract, and surgical site infections, compared with conventional protocols in this study. ERAS and fast track protocols also were linked to a significant decrease in hospital length of…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 4, 2017
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Joint Commission offers new blog for infection preventionists

Editor's Note A new blog from the Joint Commission on Infection Prevention & Control covers experiences, case studies, and news for infection preventionists. The latest blog post details the BoosterPak for High-Level Disinfection and Sterilization processes, which is applicable to hospitals, critical access hospitals, plus ambulatory and office-based surgery settings.…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 14, 2016
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Colorectal SSIs plummet with evidence-based care bundles

Surgical site infections (SSIs) not only harm patients, but also can squeeze a hospital’s bottom line through increased costs and reduced reimbursement. Patients undergoing colorectal surgery are particularly at risk for SSIs, according to data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), but an effective multidisciplinary team and an evidence-based…

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By: OR Manager
December 14, 2016
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