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Clostridium difficile in the Healthcare Environment

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The incidence of pediatric C. diff infections (CDIs) has increased dramatically over the last 2 decades, with a 12.5-fold increase in overall incidence and an 80% rise in CDI-related hospitalizations. According to a multistate prevalence survey of healthcare–associated infections published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a total of 481 pathogens were reported to account for 73.8% HAIs. Among the 481 pathogens, C. diff was the most common, responsible for 12.1% of reported HAIs.

Effectively Managing Manufacturers’ Equipment Cleaning & Maintenance Documents

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Manufacturers of reusable surgical instruments and biomedical equipment provide extensive guidelines for the care and maintenance of their products. These detailed directives include:
  • Instructions for Use (IFU) documents for reusable surgical instruments
  • Preventive Maintenance (PM) Service Manuals for biomedical equipment

Safer scopes

JUNE 2018
CBSPD Expiration: May 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: May 10, 2021

A New Era Demands Immediate Action: Reduce The Escalating Spread of Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens

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Prepare yourself against new and emerging antibiotic resistant pathogens, such as the ESKAPE bacteria. Learn how to select the right disinfectant to combat these pathogens, and how to prepare your facility against these dangerous drug-resistant strains. With fewer effective treatments available against these pathogens, preventing infection is key.

Life-Cycle Cost Analysis for Resilient Flooring

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Look beyond initial cost by using Life-Cycle Costs Analysis to determine a floor’s total cost of ownership.

Whether it’s new construction, renovation or retrofit, flooring is a significant investment in any project. While tight budgets may influence specification, it’s important to take a comprehensive look at the cost of flooring materials over the course of their projected lifespan using Life-Cycle Cost Analysis.

Nine years is enough!

Conquering flexible scope reprocessing issues
May 2018
CBSPD Expiration: April 30, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: March 31, 2021

An Approach to Improving the Quality and Consistency of Flexible GI Endoscope Reprocessing

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Transmission of pathogens by inadequately reprocessed flexible endoscopes is well documented in scientific literature and is recognized as a significant patient risk. This paper outlines a comprehensive approach to improving the quality and consistency of flexible endoscope reprocessing including more detailed training and support for reprocessing staff, use of rapid cleanliness indicators for each endoscope, use of terminal sterilization by ethylene oxide as a replacement for High Level Disinfection (HLD), and use of microbial monitoring audits.

The science of speed

Today’s rapid readout biological indicators
APRIL 2018
CBSPD Expiration: March 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: March 9, 2021

The case for residual soil detection testing

March 2018
CBSPD Expiration: February 28, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: February 6, 2021

Successful SPD (re)construction

CBSPD Expiration: January 31, 2023
IAHCSMM Expiration: January 11, 2021