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October 2017
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Three steps forward: Designing a superior sterile processing system

It is easy to overlook the sizable effort required to ensure that instrumentation and supplies are available to surgeons in the OR when needed, in the right amount, and in the right condition. Though sterile processing may not be the most glamorous element of a hospital or surgery center, it…

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By: OR Manager
September 2, 2016
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Trends in mortality, length of stay, hospital charges associated with HAIs

Editor's Note In this study of patients discharged from two tertiary-quaternary hospitals and one community hospital, researchers found no appreciable or consistent improvement in hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), mortality, or length of stay from 2006 and 2012. During this time, total charges declined by 11% for bloodstream infection and 13% for…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 31, 2016
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FDA advises testing of all donated blood, blood components for Zika

Editor's Note The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 26 recommended testing of all donated blood and blood components for the Zika virus in the US and its territories. Because of much uncertainty about the nature and extent of Zika virus transmission, testing the entire blood supply will help…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 29, 2016
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Antibiotic prophylaxis in regional anesthesia linked to fewer infections

Editor's Note Single-dose antibiotic prophylaxis was associated with fewer peripheral and epidural catheter infections, this study finds. The study included 11,307 regional anesthesia patients with single-dose antibiotic prophylaxis and 11,307 controls who did not receive antibiotics. For peripheral catheters, the incidence of infections without antibiotics was 2.4%, compared with 1.1%…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 17, 2016
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CDC proposed rule amends regulations for quarantinable, communicable diseases

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 15 published a proposed rule on Control of Communicable Diseases. The proposal amends the CDC’s domestic and foreign quarantine regulations to help respond to outbreaks of new or reemerging communicable diseases, such as Ebola, Middle Ease Respiratory Syndrome…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 15, 2016
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AHA and CDC update hospitals on Zika

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on August 11 hosted a call for healthcare leaders on the latest Zika virus developments and how to protect patients and caregivers, the August 11 AHA News Now reports. CDC officials said they will soon…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 12, 2016
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Study: Use of CUSP significantly lowers CAUTIs

Editor's Note Implementation of an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program (CUSP) helped reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) from 8.6% to 1.1% at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital, AHRQ reports. The hospital infection prevention team focused on achieving zero CAUTIs by improving…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2016
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2016 IAHCSMM Conference: A comprehensive CS learning experience

More than 1,200 individuals from the US and abroad attended the 2016 annual conference of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) in San Antonio, Texas. The conference, which covered sterile processing techniques, management skills, and regulations, also provided numerous networking opportunities. Preconference educational events included IAHCSMM’s…

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By: OR Manager
August 8, 2016
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ACS issues statement on OR attire

Editor's Note The American College of Surgeons (ACS) on August 4 issued a Statement on Operating Room Attire for surgeons in and out of the OR. The statement  provides detailed guidelines on wearing the skullcap in a way that ensures patient safety, facilitates enforcement of the standard on wearing scubs…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 5, 2016
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CORE Institute partners with Joint Commission, CDC on outpatient infection prevention

Editor's Note The Center for Orthopedic Research and Education (CORE Institute), a group of orthopedic surgeons and neurologists based in Phoenix, Arizona, will be collaborating with the Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on an infection prevention initiative for freestanding ambulatory healthcare settings, the July…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 2, 2016
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