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Posts from Month: June 2015

Can Facility Design Decrease HAIs?

The recent exposure of more than 200 patients to the deadly Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, at the UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center is proving that healthcare acquired infections should be at the top of the list of concerns for facilities. A study published in the Journal of Patient Safety reports that medical errors like cross-contamination…

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Hospitals Continue Looking for Best Way to Clean Scopes

As the rash of outbreaks associated with the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatogram procedure continues, so does the effort to find a better way to clean multiuse equipment. ERCP is a lifesaving test, but one that is putting patients at risk of healthcare-associated infections. Why? The scope used to investigate the bile ducts that drain into the…

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Hospital Infection Control is Improving but More Work is Needed

With close to 750,000 healthcare-associated infections reported in 2011, the efforts to improve infection control in hospitals are being closely monitored, but is progress being made? The CDC named reducing the number of HAIs as a winnable battle and set national goals to move the country in the right direction. What does the latest agency…

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The Nexus® Hemorrhoid Ligator from Inx Medical

Hemorrhoids are a very common medical condition, and yet only one-third of individuals diagnosed with hemorrhoids seek medical treatment. More than 10 million people in the United States suffer from hemorrhoids, and approximately 1 million new cases are diagnosed each year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The U.S….

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Plastic Gains Popularity in Medical Devices

It is hard to find a balance in medical device manufacturing between design, safety and cost. The recent cross-contamination issues using endoscopes has brought back the concerns about reusable devices. The complex designs make them difficult to fully clean even with standard disinfection protocols. The call is for the medical device industry to come up…

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