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Staying Positive During the Pandemic

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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.

Halyard Wins First GPO Contract as part of the Owens & Minor Family

Halyard, now part of the Owens & Minor family and a leading global provider of solutions for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, was awarded a new, three-year contract for facial protection with Vizient, Inc., a member-driven health care performance improvement company.

Effective January 1, 2019, Halyard will be the provider of facial protection for hospitals and health systems utilizing the Vizient contract portfolio for these products. As an additional part of the agreement, Halyard will also manufacture Vizient’s new Novaplus line of facial protection. Novaplus is Vizient’s private-label brand of products that deliver financial value on products and services that hospitals use most frequently.

“We are continually impressed by Vizient’s commitment to delivering value for their members,” said Alex Hodges, Vice President & General Manager, Surgical & Infection Prevention, Halyard. “We are honored to have the opportunity to provide our market-leading Halyard facial protection products, reliable supply, and new value with this Novaplus contract to Vizient’s broad membership base.”

“Proper facial protection is critical in helping to prevent the spread of infection and we’re thrilled to offer our members products from Halyard, a leader in this space,” said Brent Gee, Vizient Associate Vice President of Strategic Programs. “The breadth of products in the Halyard line, combined with the new Novaplus portfolio, ensures a fit for each of our members plus the value they have come to expect.”

While Halyard and Vizient have worked together for more than 18 years, this marks the first Vizient contract signed with O&M Halyard.

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