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FDA Updates Information on Respirator Decontamination Systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reissuing the Emergency Use Authorizations for decontamination systems that are authorized to decontaminate compatible N95 respirators for use by healthcare personnel (HCP) to prevent exposure to pathogenic biological...

First Patient Treated in Clinical Trial of BCL System

CairnSurgical, Inc., an innovator striving to make breast cancer surgery more precise, announced that the first patient has been treated in its U.S. pivotal trial of the Breast Cancer Locator (BCL) System at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Rush Oak Park Hospital Adopts Surgical Workflow Technology, ExplORer Surgical, Increasing Team Confidence and Reducing OR Challenges

ExplORer Surgical, the only comprehensive intraoperative case support and workflow platform, has reinvented the way surgical support teams prepare and complete effective surgeries with two-way video for case support and remote proctoring to create a digitized playbook.

AORN Releases 2021 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice

The Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) has published the 2021 Guidelines for Perioperative Practice with six revised guidelines.

Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center

Infection control and outbreak preparedness resources for hospitals and healthcare providers

The World Health Organization named the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. First reported from Wuhan, China, 12/31/19, the virus has rapidly spread across continents, with more than 20,000 confirmed cases and hundreds of deaths. The epidemic poses a potent economic threat as well as a public health crisis.

Hospitals that are currently assessing their preparedness or actively responding to 2019-nCoV are looking for alternative suppliers of certain personal protective equipment (PPE). While most facilities may have adequate supplies of goggles, masks, and gowns on hand for emergencies and infectious outbreaks, shortages may occur.

For healthcare professionals, the thought of being unprepared or under-prepared for coronavirus, or other public health crisis, is alarming. Immediate steps should be taken to assess preparedness to handle this crisis.

In keeping with its mission of effective, evidence-based healthcare globally, ECRI has developed this Coronavirus Outbreak Preparedness Center to help hospitals protect healthcare workers as well as patients. This site includes:

  • Preparation and patient handling checklists
  • Equipment and alternative supplier lists
  • Patient care equipment evaluations, including portable ventilators
  • Recommendations for infection control
  • Links to Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization

This compendium of resources is freely available to the public—no membership or other payment is required to access it. The site will be updated as newer information becomes available. Bookmark the site and check back frequently. We would like to hear from you. Send your questions and comments to us at communications@ecri.org.

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