Sterilization & Disinfection

Latest Issue of OR Manager
June 2024
Home Sterilization & Disinfection

Antiseptic nasal decolonization noses ahead

Over 20 years ago, an article from Johns Hopkins published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that Staphylococcus aureus decolonization of the nares can decrease risk of surgical site infections (SSI). Since then, nasal decolonization—the application of a topical antimicrobial or antiseptic agent to the nares—has been adopted…

Read More

By: Marc-Oliver Wright
May 24, 2024
Share

Surgery center culture must prioritize cleaning, hand hygiene

Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) play an increasingly crucial role in delivering outpatient surgical care that is efficient, effective, and—most importantly—safe. As the ASC sector continues to grow and evolve, maintaining best practices in hand hygiene and environmental cleaning and disinfection is imperative to protect patients from infections. ASCs also should…

Read More

By: Erica Smith
May 24, 2024
Share

Common inspection points for surgical instrumentation

Inspecting surgical devices is a time-consuming process. However, diligently checking every instrument prior to sterilization is essential to ensuring safe, proper functioning. As the last people to see devices before they are used for patient care, sterile processing technicians must be thorough. Exterior surfaces should be inspected for flaws such…

Read More

By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIF
May 24, 2024
Share

WHO guidelines target catheter-caused infections

Editor's Note New World Health Organization (WHO) guidance aims to prevent the occurrence of bloodstream and other infections caused by improper use of catheters during medical procedures. Released May 9, the global guidelines focus on insertion, maintenance, and removal of catheters during medical procedures, which can damage organs and cause…

Read More

By: Matt Danford
May 13, 2024
Share

Sponsored Message

WHO: Virus transmission airborne, not limited to droplets

Editor's Note In a move one expert calls “a complete U-turn,” the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that viruses transmit through primarily the air via inhalation of tiny suspended particles of saliva and mucus, KFF Health News reported on May 1. Until now, health authorities have relied on the…

Read More

By: Matt Danford
May 6, 2024
Share

National hospital safety rankings reflect infection prevention, patient experience improvements

Editor's Note Released May 1, the most recent Leapfrog Group hospital patient safety grades reflect declines in preventable healthcare-associated infections and improvements in patient’s hospital experiences since fall 2023. Leapfrog, a nonprofit, releases its Hospital Safety Grades report biannually, assigning traditional letter grades to nearly 3,000 general hospitals based on…

Read More

By: Matt Danford
May 3, 2024
Share

Sponsored Message

AAMI guidance covers sterile processing of dilators, ultrasound probes

Editor's Note A new guidance document covering the entire process for the selection, labeling, and sterile processing of dilators and ultrasound probes is available from The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Released April 17, AAMI TIR99:2024; Processing Of Dilators, Transesophageal And Ultrasound Probes In Health Care Facilities…

Read More

By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
Share

Surgical site infections often caused by preexisting bacteria

Editor's Note Most healthcare-associated surgical site infections are not caused by pathogens acquired in the hospital, but by previously harmless bacteria already present on patients’ skin prior to being admitted, according to a study published April 10 in Science Translational Medicine. Surgical site infections account for the highest annual costs…

Read More

By: Brita Belli
April 29, 2024
Share

Catheter sterility concerns prompt Class 1 FDA recall for surgery trays

Editor's Note The US Food and Drug Administration has designated DeRoyal Industries’ recall of GeoMed custom tracecarts a class 1, the most serious type of recall indicating a risk of serious injury or death. According to the April 24 FDA notice, the recall is due to sterility concerns with the…

Read More

By: Matt Danford
April 24, 2024
Share

Surface disinfection: How to play your cards right with UVC light

Approximately one in 31 hospital patients has at least one infection on any given day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In surgical settings, the risk is even higher, with up to 7% of patients developing an infection during surgery. These infections can lead to a…

Read More

By: Tra Vu, PhD
April 19, 2024
Share
Live chat by BoldChat