Staying Positive During the Pandemic

The good news for patients in need of outpatient surgery is that, across the country, health care providers and policymakers have recognized that elective surgery is not the same thing as optional surgery and are allowing ASCs to remain open to provide this care.

Handling of Explanted Medical Devices Addressed in AORN’s Revised Guideline for Specimen Management

SP professionals must manage explants safely and properly any time a request is made to sterilize an explanted device, such a screw, hip, plate and so on, for return to the patient.

Disinfection Methods – Straightforward or Complicated?

With all the different cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing processes that go on inside of hospitals, I find disinfection to be the most complex and complicated among them.

Steam Sterilization Standard ST79 Receives Community-Driven Update

After three years, a widely used standard in health care and industry has undergone an important update.

Encompass Group LLC Awarded New Group Purchasing Agreements

Encompass Group, LLC has been awarded new group purchasing agreements with Premier. These include Disposable Non-Sterile Protective Apparel, VCT Anti-Embolism Stockings, Cubicle Curtains, Tracks and Privacy Screens, and Reusable Textiles and Textile Services.

Effective December 1, 2018, the new agreements allow Premier members, at their discretion, to take advantage of special pricing and terms pre-negotiated by Premier for these four different product categories.

“Encompass Group is excited about these four new agreements and we will continue to bring innovative, cost-effective solutions to the Premier membership in all markets served,” said Tom Sweatt, Executive Vice President, Health Systems for Encompass Group LLC.

Disposable Non-Sterile Protective Apparel includes but is not limited to gowns; scrubs; labcoats; infant, patient and behavioral health apparel; bedding; and patient warming.

VCT Anti-Embolism Stockings and Cubicle Curtains, Tracks and Privacy Screens are USA-manufactured in Encompass’ plants in Rockwood, TN and Big Lake, MN.

Reusable Textiles and Textile Services include a wide range of launderable products such as patient bedding and bath products as well as patient apparel.

Premier is a health care improvement company, uniting an alliance of approximately 4,000 U.S. hospitals and 165,000 other providers to transform health care. With integrated data and analytics, collaboratives, supply chain solutions, and advisory and other services, Premier enables better care and outcomes at a lower cost.



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