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Posts from Month: March 2015

Disposable Laryngoscope Blade Study Changes Minds of Users

Infection control is a widely discussed topic in the healthcare community, but is it making an impact? A 2011 study conducted by Melissa Dawn Machan from the University of North Florida indicates there is evidence of change. The study focuses on cleaning processes of anesthesia airway equipment and the perceptions of providers regarding the use…

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Infant Deaths Possibly Linked to Dirty Laryngoscopes

Dirty laryngoscopes represent a danger to even the tiniest of patients. In 2007, White Memorial Medical Center in Los Angeles had an incident of cross-contamination in their neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. With investigation, officials linked the incident, which resulted in the death of two babies, back to a poorly cleaned laryngoscope. After two…

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How Does Your Facility Dispose of Lithium Batteries?

Is your healthcare facility considering a product, like the one pictured above, that utilizes a lithium battery to power its single-use LED light source? If so, before purchasing check your facility/state’s battery disposal policy and ask your local sales representative how they recommend you dispose of lithium batteries. Consider the following: If the symbol to…

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HAI's In Ambulatory Surgical Centers

How concerned should clinicians be about healthcare-associated infections in the ACS setting? Ambulatory surgical centers are a specific risk because of the invasive nature of the procedures done at these facilities. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports that more than 25 million surgeries are performed each year at the more than 5,300 ambulatory…

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)

Pneumonia ranks as the second most common nosocomial infection in this county, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mechanical ventilation required for critical care patients is one reason why this infection ranks so high. Ventilator-associated pneumonia, VAP, occurs in approximately 22.8 percent of patients put on a ventilator for less than 48…

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