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2013-08-07 10:31:55

Study shows peripherally inserted central catheters have similar CLABSI risk in vulnerable patients A new study reports that peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) do not reduce the risk of central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in hospitalized patients. PICCs have become one of the most commonly used central venous catheters (CVCs) in healthcare settings since they are considered easier and safer to use, with less risk of CLABSIs. The study, published in the...

2013-08-07 10:18:27

Recommendations consider new drugs and tests New guidelines from the United States Public Health Service update the recommendations for the management of healthcare personnel (HCP) with occupational exposure to HIV and use of postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). The guidelines, published online today in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), emphasize the immediate use of a PEP regimen containing three or more...

2013-07-26 12:25:03

Manufacturer of the ReliaFit(TM) supports launch of next-generation urinary management system to reduce infections and improve patient comfort TAMPA BAY, Fla., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Today BioDerm, Inc. announced the launch of their new partnership with Eloquest Healthcare®, Inc. to bring the next generation of urinary management devices into the acute care market. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130726/MN53729) BioDerm, Inc. is the manufacturer of the...

2013-07-25 23:25:56

In its Guide to the Elimination of Orthopedic Surgical Site Infections, the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) states, “If airflow is interrupted, rapid air turbulence can stir settled particles, enabling them to become airborne thus increasing the risk for wound contamination.” By applying recent research to APIC’s Guidance, StopSurgicalInfections.org found that forced-air warming systems violate APIC’s Guidance “by drawing potentially...

2013-07-25 12:27:43

UV disinfection robot slays superbugs, resulting in a significant decrease of hospital infections since its deployment in 2010 MACON, Ga., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Infection control experts at The Medical Center of Central Georgia report the use of cutting-edge UV technology has been key in maintaining pathogen-free environments and improving overall patient safety. MCCG has deployed an arsenal of devices called TRU-D SmartUVC(TM) -- short for Total Room Ultraviolet...

2013-07-22 08:27:11

DURHAM, N.C., July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PurThread Technologies, an award-winning developer of antimicrobial textile technology, is proud to announce the launch of its new online store, [store.PurThread.com]. The store offers scrubs and lab coats integrated with a proprietary antimicrobial agent that protects fabrics from the damaging effects of microbial contamination. PurThread is a leading force in researching the impact of antimicrobial fabrics on the healthcare environment. In...

2013-07-18 12:27:31

Study conducted by GOJO and independent researchers showed a 92 percent hand hygiene improvement with SMARTLINK(TM) Activity Monitoring System AKRON, Ohio, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GOJO Industries, a leader in hand hygiene and skin health and inventors of PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, conducted an independent research study at the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas to determine the impact on hand hygiene compliance rates when the hospital hand hygiene program included an...

2013-07-18 08:29:54

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A recent study titled "First UK evaluation of an automated ultraviolet-C room decontamination device (TRU-D(TM))" confirms the effectiveness of TRU-D SmartUVC(TM) in eliminating common superbugs in health care environments. The study was conducted by the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infection Prevention and the Control Department at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust's QMC campus in Nottingham, England, and was...

2013-07-12 23:29:54

Dutch researchers apply targeted sequencing for infection control and surveillance of drug-resistant 'superbugs'. Boston, MA (PRWEB) July 11, 2013 Pathogenica, Inc. announced that teams from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and Amphia Hospital in the Netherlands are pioneering the use of the company’s HAI BioDetection Kit to prevent and control nosocomial infections in their facilities. With approx. 1,400 beds each, both Amphia and UMCG are among the largest...

2013-07-12 12:21:21

TORONTO, July 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- We all know 80% of common infectious diseases are spread by our hands and effective hand washing remains our best defense - but what about hand drying? Are all methods created equal? (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130712/MN46576) A recent hygienic efficacy study of different hand drying methods, led by researchers at Queensland University in Brisbane, Australia put this question to the test. Hand drying after all is an...