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Posts from Month: November 2014

2,500 Women Potentially Exposed to HIV

What happens when one clinic fails to follow sterilization rules? Almost 2,500 women were potentially exposed to HIV and other infectious diseases when a hospital colposcopy clinic in Canada failed to use standard sterilization procedures on their equipment. In 2013, Horizon Health Network sent registered letters to their patients explaining that they needed to be…

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Lack of Sterilization Leads to HEP C Outbreak

Is infection control an international concern? A recent study conducted by researchers from the Department of Forensic Medicine at Wroclaw Medical University indicates cross-contamination and healthcare associated infections have no borders. The university looked at an outbreak of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) traced back to the Department of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Oncology to determine the possible cause….

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Reprocessing of Reusable Medical Devices

What does it mean to reprocess a medical device? The Federal Food and Drug Administration defines reprocessing as a multi-step process that cleans and disinfects a device. Any medical products used on a patient will become contaminated with microorganisms. Single-use devices are disposed of after just one application. Some tools, however, are designed for multiple…

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Infection Control Surveillance Standardization in Emergency Departments

Is standardization the key to infection control in emergency departments? A recent study conducted by researchers from Columbia University shows that a lack of standardization makes monitoring adherence to infection control guidelines impossible and that may play a role in healthcare associated infections (HAI’s). The study evaluated literature regarding hand hygiene, aseptic techniques for central…

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