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2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo: Boost Quality and Safety in SPD, OR & Beyond

Those who attend the 2021 IAHCSMM Annual Conference & Expo this October in Columbus, Ohio, will learn from some of the industry’s most renowned and respected experts in the field. Attendees will glean valuable information they can take back to their departments to drive better outcomes for their health care customers and patients who rely on clean, sterile and well-functioning instruments.

3 Questions to Help You Find the Right Anesthesia Machine for Your Facility

Before choosing a new anesthesia system for your practice, make sure you have a firm understanding of the features and specifications that will best suit your unique needs, making it a worthwhile investment for your facility.

Clarifying Scoring in Instrument Handling and Processing

As an infection preventionist (IP) working in the Standards Interpretation Group of the Joint Commission, an important function of my job is to answer infection prevention-related questions from health care organizations.

The Importance of Early Career Certification

In an increasingly demanding hiring market those now entering nursing, or committing to a specialty such as perioperative nursing, will maximize their opportunities with certification.

Study Confirms Surfacide UV-C Kills SARS-CoV-2

A recent peer-reviewed study in the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia* found the Surfacide Helios® System UV-C technology is nearly 95% effective in preventing SARS CoV-2 in patient environments. This is the first clinical study that evaluates the use of UV-C in operating rooms, compared to previous studies conducted in a controlled lab environment.

The study was led by Dr. Randy Loftus, MD, an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and Dr. Franklin Dexter, MD, PhD, University of Iowa Professor in the Department of Anesthesia. Dr. Loftus has received national and international recognition for his expertise regarding the epidemiology of intraoperative pathogen transmission. In the last 10 years he has made numerous contributions to science as is reflected in a solid body of published evidence, including a focus on infection prevention protocols in the perioperative space. Dr. Dexter and his colleagues have developed much of the science in anesthesia group and operating room management.

For this study, Surfacide’s Helios System was deployed—the world’s first and only patented trio of UV light-emitting ‘robots’ that simultaneously provide floor to ceiling UV-C energy. A total of 473 intraoperative reservoir samples were tested among 13 anesthesia work areas and 12 environmental locations. The following results were confirmed:

  • Environmental locations tested monitored proximal sites exposed to droplet spread and more distal sites potentially impacted by aerosolized particles.
  • Use of Surfacide UV-C disinfection showed nearly a 2-fold reduction in SARS-CoV-2 detection as compared to traditional surface disinfection cleaning procedures without UV-C.
  • Surface disinfection cleaning alone is associated with greater environmental detection of SARS-CoV-2.
  • The Surfacide technology was associated with decreased residual contamination of distal sites impacted by aerosolization.

“This study further validates Surfacide’s effectiveness as a critical infection control measure in combating deadly pathogens in real world environments,” said Surfacide Founder and CEO Gunner Lyslo. “Surfacide’s triple-emitter, floor to ceiling UV technology, along with its effectiveness in inactivating aerosolized pathogens AND pathogens colonizing surfaces, makes this study a game-changer in infection prevention and confirms that not all UV-C is created equal.”

The data presented in this paper emphasizes the importance of Surfacide UV-C as an infection control measure against pathogens found on surfaces and in the air, especially within the operating room space. Surfacide’s evidence-based approach is critical in providing a safer environment for healthcare staff and patients alike. It’s proven ability, as documented in this study, sets this technology apart from all other UV devices.

*R.W. Loftus, F. Dexter, L.C. Evans, et al., An assessment of the impact of recommended anesthesia work area cleaning procedures on intraoperative SARS-CoV-2 contamination, a case-series analysis, Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (2021)

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