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Research: Medical Instrument Processing Personnel May Be Exposed to Tissue, Blood and Patient Fluids Despite PPE

“This pilot documented substantial splashing and droplet dispersal during manual cleaning of medical instruments, and personnel got wet even though they were wearing all the recommended PPE,”

New Scrubs Made of Bacteria-Killing Textile

Livinguard, a Swiss-based leader in self-disinfecting hygiene technology, has launched an apparel line of permanent self-disinfecting scrubs, underscrubs and lab coats utilizing its EPA-registered bacteria-killing textile. Livinguard scrubs, that continuously...

Finnish Startup Surgify Shares New Bone Cutting Technology

Finnish startup Surgify – that recently launched an all-new and innovative surgical technology that allows surgeons to perform surgical operations on bones faster and safer – has seen its first use cases on patients, according to a news release. The first surgeries...

The Four Assumptions of Nursing Competency

Certificates have long been used to signify accomplishments such as earning a credential like CNOR or CNAMB. But significant changes in documentation and verification processes are on the horizon.

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Johns Hopkins students create device to avert repeated breast cancer surgeries   The students proudly display their invention. Because surgeons cannot learn right away whether all of the cancerous tissue has been removed during a lumpectomy, one in five women must return for a second surgery to remove remaining cancer. But that may not be the case anymore, thanks to biomedical engineering students who have developed a device to quickly inspect excised breast tissue within 20 minutes, determining whether the tumor was fully removed while the patient is still in surgery.

Congrats to Northwest Medical Center The skin and wound assessment team at the Tuscon, Ariz., facility, received the 3M Award for Excellence in Skin Safety for exceptional patient outcomes and training programs for staff.

Thwarting the Antibiotic Apocalypse A researcher at Texas A&M has developed a technology known as cold-plasma to stop drug resistant bacteria before they find a host. Cold plasma has the potential to be much less expensive and faster than traditional surface sterilization methods used in hospitals.

Go Nuts! Daily walnut consumption may protect against heart disease, a new study conducted by the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center shows.

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