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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.

Tru-D SmartUVC to Share Infection Prevention Data at 2018 APIC Conference

Tru-D SmartUVC, a leader in the UVC disinfection industry, will attend and exhibit at APIC 2018, June 13-15 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, sharing infection prevention data. Each year, APIC delivers the largest annual conference of infection preventionists from across the U.S., and Tru-D invites attendees to stop by its booth #621.

A recent study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, discusses the prescribed secondary analysis of the BETR-D randomized clinical trial, for which Tru-D was the only device chosen. The study authors sought to prove that a measured dose of UV disinfection in targeted, at-risk rooms would have both direct effects on the next patient who entered the room and an indirect effect on all hospitalized patients, leading to a hospital-wide decreased risk of target organisms. Following the two-year, $2 million, CDC-funded trial, the researchers concluded that, “Enhanced terminal room disinfection with UV in a targeted subset of high-risk rooms led to a decrease in hospital-wide incidence of C. difficile and VRE.”

“This study is the first to prove that not only is UV disinfection effective at reducing the risk of infection for the next patient who enters a room that was previously occupied by an infected patient, but that it can also reduce infections throughout the entire facility,” said Alice Brewer, MPH, CIC, Director of Clinical Affairs for Tru-D SmartUVC.

For more information and links to independent studies, visit Tru-D.com.

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