Bloodborne Pathogens

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Use of data set to assess risk of sharps-related blood and body fluid exposure

Editor's Note In this study from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, researchers used a unique multicomponent administrative data set to examine the risk of percutaneous blood and body fluid exposures in the OR over a 10-year period. Of some 333,000 surgical procedures performed, 2,113 blood and body fluid exposures were…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 13, 2015
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Reusable protective eyewear tied to greater risk of contamination

Protective eyewear is supposed to prevent infectious materials from reaching the eyes of OR staff, but recent research has revealed a link between reusable protective eyewear and an increased risk of cross contamination and infection. “We found that the protective eyewear itself can be a causal factor in ongoing contamination,”…

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By: OR Manager
December 16, 2014
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Former OR Manager of the Year directs team at Nebraska biocontainment unit

Two OR nurses are part of a diverse team that cares for Ebola patients at the Nebraska Biocontainment Patient Care Unit in Omaha, and the team’s nursing director is Shelly Schwedhelm, MSN, RN, a former OR Manager of the Year. “I chose OR nurses to be on the team because…

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By: OR Manager
November 17, 2014
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To the Editor: I have read the article titled, "Blunting sharps injuries in the OR continues to be a work in progress" (January 2010) and would like to add information about research that I have carried out on the ability of the hands-free technique to reduce the risk of transmission…

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By: OR Manager
April 1, 2010
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