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Trump demands Republicans vote on healthcare Friday or...

Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on healthcare legislation...

“Deaths of Despair”: Mortality and morbidity in the...

In "Mortality and morbidity in the 21st Century," Princeton Professors Anne Case and Angus...

First patient blood management certification in U.S. goes...

MedStar-Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C. is the nation's first hospital to receive a...

Spider venom may offer hope to stroke victims

Almost all spiders have venomous fangs, but in most cases they are not dangerous...

Phone device tests male fertility with 98% accuracy,...

A new smartphone attachment can evaluate a man's semen and determine his level of...

Should 15,000 steps a day be our new...

Taking 10,000 steps per day is often suggested as a desirable exercise goal for...

Significant increase in number of women tested for...

Discovery of the BRCA genetic mutation in the mid-90s represented a breakthrough in breast...

R-D Rapid Disinfector outperforms competitive UV-C disinfection system...

In the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, a peer-reviewed study...

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100 Facts About Bed Bugs


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Once upon a time, bed bugs played little more than a bit part in a children's nursery rhyme. But since they scut tled out of obscurity into the limelight more than a decade ago, the American public has found it hard to sleep tight. Bed bugs have inspired everything from disgust and dread to myths and misconceptions - not to mention making their fair share of headlines.

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Keeping The Operating Room Alive: Mitigating Operating Room Shutdowns


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The main hospital campus of a large, nonprofit, health care system was struggling with a Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) challenged by increased processing volumes. Without CSSD renovation would the ORs shutdown?

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April 2017 Products Picks

Online post-operative patient engagement platform, 4K UHD surgical monitor, Handheld technology diabetic retinopathy screening, Medical device management platform, Percutaneous urinary drainage sets, Global virtual reality in the OR

inside the current issue - April 2017

Masters of disaster planning approach crises as never events

As part of its 40th anniversary, HPN strove to profile 40 different crises a healthcare organization might experience and thoughts on how to handle them.

What about competition during crises, disasters?

A regional coalition of healthcare organizations should work together to coordinate and assist with disaster preparedness, response and recovery to support one another and the community as a whole.

A 3-D printer can do what?

John Hornick, attorney-author of 3D Printing Will Rock the World, expounds on some of his ideas and offers a healthcare-centric perspective on what could happen for facilities operating 3-D printers.

Tools of the trade

Innovation and progress continues in the surgical instrument market as manufacturers improve on earlier generations and introduce novel technologies.

Stopping sepsis in its tracks

Sepsis affects 27,000,000 people annually but strict adherence to best practices, guidelines, can help hospitals tackle the problem.

Validated? It’s complicated

The sterile processing community considers proposed efforts to standardize manufacturer IFUs for ease of use, to drive more effective cleaning/sterilization, and improve patient safety.

Selecting suitable storage and shelving; long sleeves in the SPD

Sterile processing expert Ray Taurasi answers questions about selecting the right storage and shelving and whether techs should wear long-sleeved shirts in the SPD.

Good repair vendor relations improve safety, cut costs

Healthcare facilities are jeopardizing patient safety and budgets if they aren’t partnering with their original equipment manufacturers and third-party servicing companies.

Wet sets: Assessing the issues

Post-sterilization moisture in terminally sterilized sets is clinically unacceptable and can be a nuisance to investigate … follow these guidelines to avoid the problem.


Fast Stats

April 2017

53%

of people surveyed think antibiotics are an effective way to treat infections caused by viruses, with people between the ages of 18 and 39 more likely to feel this way compared to older adults.


48%

of people surveyed think antibiotics are somewhat or very effective at treating the flu and 40% feel the same way about treating colds with antibiotics.


20%

say they know nothing about antibiotic resistant superbugs and 49% say they have a little knowledge about superbugs.


65%

of people who know at least a little about superbugs say the problem stems from doctors prescribing antibiotics for colds, flus, or other viral infections for which antibiotics are not effective.


29%

of people who know at least a little about superbugs think the problem is related to doctors, nurses and hospital staff not washing or sterilizing their hands often enough, while 44% believe increasing use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers is also a problem.


94%

of people surveyed with at least a little knowledge of the superbug issue think hospitals should share in some or a lot of the responsibility for solving/reducing the problem; 95% feel that way about doctors; and 90% feel patients are also responsible.


81%

of people who know at least a little about superbugs believe development of new antibiotics would be somewhat/very effective in reducing or eliminating superbug resistance.


Source: Harris Poll, February 2017.