Sterilization & Disinfection

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June 2024
Home Sterilization & Disinfection

Pre-conference: Offsite Facility Tours—Experiential Education

Editor’s Note  The OR Manager Conference commenced this week with a variety of pre-conference events, including an experimental educational offsite tour to TriStar Centennial Medical Center and the Vanderbilt Case Cart Operations Center in Nashville, TN. The first tour featured the newly-renovated TriStar Centennial Medical Center Advanced Joint Replacement Institute,…

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By: Bridget Brown
September 18, 2023
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Study: Bacterial transmission in anesthesia work area increases SSI risk

Editor's Note Recent research delved into the connection between the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the anesthesia work area and the occurrence of surgical site infections (SSIs), Anesthesiology News July 19 reports. While it was previously recognized that reducing microbial transmission through the anesthesia work area is crucial for preventing…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 1, 2023
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SSI rates before, after reuse of PPE during pandemic

Editor's Note This study from Trinity Health, Ann Arbor, Michigan, compares prepandemic surgical site infection (SSI) rates before reusing personal protective equipment (PPE), to pandemic SSI rates after reusing PPE in trauma surgical patients. A total of 48,987 patients were included in the analysis, with half in the postpandemic group.…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 24, 2023
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Keeping it sterile: Fundamentals of sterile storage

Using sterile items in surgery is a fundamental practice, not a rudimentary one that can or should be taken for granted. Put simply, using unsterile items can result in a patient infection. If sterile storage conditions are not appropriate, the items can become contaminated. Such contamination may go undetected, rendering…

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By: Susan Klacik, BS, FCS, ACE, CHL, CIS, CRCST, AAMIF
July 20, 2023
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Improving IP work-life balance, retention with an alternative work schedule

Editor's Note This study from the Falls Church, Virginia-based Inova Health System finds that an alternative work schedule improved work-life balance, productivity, and morale of its infection preventionists (IPs). With the surges and threats of emerging infectious diseases, the Inova Health System was dealing with a shortage of IPs and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2023
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AHA urges EPA to ensure proposed EtO standards don’t disrupt healthcare delivery

Editor's Note In a June 27 letter, the American Hospital Association (AHA) urged the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) “to avoid disrupting healthcare delivery through the unintentional fracturing” of the medical device supply chain with its proposed ethylene oxide (EtO) standards. The EPA proposes: reducing EtO emissions by 80% adding new…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 29, 2023
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OhioHealth partners to double healthcare graduates, address staff shortages

Editor's Note As staffing remains a top point of concern for healthcare leaders, OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio, and Columbus State Community College, announced a partnership to invest $120 million into training healthcare professionals in five fields on June 27. The joint venture will double the number of students in nursing, surgical…

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By: Lindsay Botts
June 27, 2023
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APIC announces formation of Health Equity Fund

Editor's Note The Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC), on June 26, announced the creation of the APIC Health Equity Fund, which will help underwrite the cost of infection prevention and control (IPC) tools and resources for underserved communities in the US. For the first 3 years, the fund…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 27, 2023
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Effect of alcohol flush on endoscope channel drying, microbial outgrowth

Editor's Note This study by researchers at Steris, Mentor, Ohio, finds that flushing flexible endoscope channels with reduced concentrations of alcohol may prevent microbial outgrowth while reducing drying time. Among the findings: Flushing endoscope channels with isopropyl alcohol (70%-30% concentration) prevented Pseudomonas aeruginosa outgrowth during storage. A 70% alcohol concentration…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2023
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed new IC requirements

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on June 21, announced that there is still time to comment on its proposed new Infection Control (IC) chapter requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals. The goal of revising the chapter is to align the IC standards and elements of performance more closely with…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 22, 2023
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