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Three Heart Surgeons Discuss How to Beat Aortic Dissection’s Ticking Clock

Participating in this Q&A article are Bilal Shafi, MD, from Sutter Health in Santa Cruz, California; Wilson Szeto, MD, from Penn Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Grayson H. Wheatley III, MD, Wheatley Surgical in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Joint Commission, Joint Commission Resources Launch Data Transparency Initiative

The Joint Commission and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) Inc. have announced a new data transparency initiative – Data Analytics for Safe Healthcare (DASH).

Aerobiotix Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance of Medical Ultraviolet Air Filtration System

Aerobiotix Inc., a manufacturer of air treatment devices for hospitals and health care, has announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance of the Aerocure-MD medical air purification system.

AAAHC Releases Updated Toolkit Outlining Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients

To help ASCs implement necessary precautions and prevent negative outcomes for obese patients, the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) has published a fully revised Ambulatory Procedure Considerations for Obese Patients Toolkit.

Diversey’s MoonBeam3 Disinfection System Wins Award

Diversey has received the 2017 Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Innovation Award for its MoonBeam3 Disinfection System, a device that uses powerful ultraviolet (UVC) technology to kill pathogens on high-touch surfaces. The annual innovation award recognizes products, processes and technology advancements that help improve patient outcomes. Designed to be used in conjunction with manual cleaning and disinfection, the MoonBeam3 system’s three adjustable arms allow users to target the UVC dose, taking disinfection to the next level.

The arms each generate a broad umbrella (a 7 foot by 11 foot area) of intense, 254-nanometer wavelength UVC light to quickly kill pathogens. The system has been third-party tested and demonstrates three-to five-log reductions in harmful pathogens such as MRSA, VRE, MDR Gram negative bacteria, and norovirus in as little as 3 minutes and C. diff spores in as little as 10 minutes.

Weighing less than 40 pounds, the MoonBeam3 system is ultra-portable, enabling environmental services professionals to disinfect even tight spaces like patient restrooms. It also incorporates a number of safety features, including infrared motion sensors, proximity sensors and a physical accelerometer. The bright yellow cover acts as a safety cone to alert staff and visitors that the device is in use, and as a remote control that starts the device from outside of the room and automatically stops the cycle if entry or motion is detected.

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