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Can anyone please share any information on different manufacturers of computer work stations mounted in patient rooms via a swivel fold up arm. Any pro's or con's greatly appreciated! As Infection Prevention I am concerned with the ability to proper clean/ disinfect as our current trial has many exposed small wires, grooves and pinch points. Thank you
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Does anyone have any policy or thoughts on jamberry nails--are they considered like artificial nails, and how about gel nails?
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Does anyone use staff nurses or aides as adjuncts? I would like to set up something like this, and meet monthly with them, to empower them to collect handwashing data, and sort of be the eyes and ears for the department. Any thought
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Since its invention in France in 1816, the stethoscope has become the most widely used medical device in the world. Initially however, not everyone embraced Dr. René Laennec’s new invention as a replacement to the direct "ear to chest" exam, including the founder of the American Heart Association, L. A. Connor (1866-1950), who always carried a silk handkerchief in his pocket to place on the chest wall of his patients for ear auscultation. Even as late as 1885, a notable professor of medicine was also quoted as saying, "He that hath ears to hear, let him use his ears and not a stethoscope." Since then, Dr. Laennec's invention has become the cornerstone ...
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Does anyone have any protocol or specific orders restricting the use of Vancomycin as a prophylactic antibiotic for outpatient surgery? I have a physician that uses it because of possible exposure to MRSA in "locker room environment" and we are trying to convince him this is unnecessary. I have the SCIP protocol and articles that gives me support but is not definitive for cases that may have been exposed or return to sports "locker room" environment. Can anyone guide me? I have looked at CDC and other articles including those published in orthopedic journals. I need something from Infectious Disease or other guidelines that would help me to convince him. Tha ...
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When studying for my Certification in Infection Control exam, a review question was “One case of this disease is a public health emergency.” The correct answer was “measles” (Rubeola). Not so for chicken pox or pertussis or rubella, so why measles? I could find no succinct answer to the question, and I had never once dealt with measles in over 10 years of nursing in pediatrics, family medicine, infection control, or public health. In mid-December of 2014, an infected traveler visited Disneyland while contagious. For the next 4 months , health departments in southern CA (including the one where I work) would be overrun with measles cases, suspect ...
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Those of you with Hill-Rom Nurse call system. The newer systems have devices on the wall the HCW will use a touch screen. I want to know how your facility is cleaning and disinfecting them since they are a high touch surface. What I am told is: mild detergent no antiseptics. What the training person told me was: other places have been using hydrogen peroxide but to never use alcohol He could give no rationale, technical data, disinfecting agent studies or data etc etc I have put some pressure on the company to give me an IFU or official instructions not just verbal. Hill-Rom is a healthcare device/equipment company. I am surprised that they ...
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Looking for literature that states the need to scrub the hub between each medication if the line not recontaminated in any way. 30 seconds of scrub and dry between EACH flush and mediction is difficult to achieve in a busy critical care unit. what science shows it is truly necessary
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Hello, Is there a study group for this Chapter? I heard that there was to be one forming, but I'm not sure what happened. If there is or there are those who would like to start one, please contact me. Thanks!! Denise o.d.barron@ttuhsc.edu odmimi@yahoo.com
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All, I am struggling with our infection surveillance of our surgical patients and cardiac cath/implant patients for infections post-operatively/procedure. Will any one share with me the methods you use to capture that information? For instance, do you contact the patient post procedure? What kind of questions do you ask? Do you rely on your data mining company? Do you get the information from your MD offices and if so, how? Please share your successes..... if there is anything I can do to help you, please just ask. Thank you, Brenda Brenda Mitchell, RN, BSN, MS., CIC Infection Prevention Riverview Regional Medical Center ...
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We are a small facility and are not yet computer networked. I report up my data on paper and it is kept on file in the main office for easy access. But I am wondering how long you need to keep your raw data that supports the PI numbers and the electronic logs and graphs etc..that you used to create the report or access patient data without pulling the chart. Does anyone know if there are regulations about it?
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Hello Chapter 111! If you are reading this you found your way to our new website! I would Love to see everyone put their pictures with their names. Let me know how you like the new website! Chri
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People often ask me specific questions about vapor and fume control, which has been PCI Medical's area of expertise since 1995. That said, this blog is dedicated to fume and ventilation standards associated with high-level disinfectants. Overview : All high-level disinfectants, including glutaraldehyde, OPA, and hydrogen peroxide, are designed to kill microorganisms, and have the potential to be irritants and possibly sensitizers. What are the ventilation standards regarding high-level disinfectants & vapor control? ANSI published a set of standards in 2005 entitled, “ Chemical Sterilization and High-level Disinfection in Health Care Facilities. ...
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I would like to get some input from those of you who have purchased UV(Xenex) versus the H202 vapor system: The pros and cons you didnt hear about in your rep presentation. With reimbursement moving to outcomes, c-diff, SSI's, etc. What are your recomendation? What is being used in your OR's? Does HVAC need to be shut off? Many thanks for your advise.
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Let's initiate a Comprehensive Flu Prevention Campaign in our facilities by promoting the trilogy: Do not Touch the T Zone, Handwash regularly and Don't hesitate to Vaccinate! This strategy will help reduce ALL respiratory infections affecting both staff and patients. Now that is a very simple but effective Infection Prevention strategy to protect patients and promote staff "Presenteeism"! Who is up for the Campaign? Remember the definition of insanity! Dr. Will Sawyer
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