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Many Anesthesiologists Fail to Wash Hands, Study Shows

Posted 7 Jul 2014 by

MONDAY, July 7, 2014 – Anesthesiologists may need to improve their hand hygiene habits during surgery, because they might be putting patients at risk for infections, a new study suggests. Researchers observed anesthesiologists during operations and found that they had an average of 149 "hand hygiene opportunities" per hour of patient anesthesia time. There are five hand hygiene opportunities that help reduce the risk of health care-associated infections, according to the World Health Organization. They are: before touching a patient; before a clean procedure; after exposure to body fluids; after touching a patient; after touching a patient's surroundings. Anesthesiologists were least likely to properly clean their hands during the first and last 20 minutes of patient anesthesia, which corresponds with sharp increases in bacterial contamination of the 20 most frequently touched objects ... Read more

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Health Care Workers Wash Hands More When Patients Watching

Posted 8 Apr 2014 by

TUESDAY, April 8, 2014 – Next time you're in the hospital, keep an eye out for hygiene practices: Health care workers are more likely to wash their hands if patients are asked to monitor them, according to a new study. It details an 11-month pilot project at the Family Practice Health Center at Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Patients were asked to observe and record the hand hygiene habits of their health care providers, who were aware that they were being watched. During the project, nearly 97 percent of the health care workers washed their hands before direct contact with their patients, according to the study in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. The researchers also found that 58 percent of health care providers said they changed their hand hygiene practices, 88 percent said they were more motivated to wash their hands and 33 percent said they had ... Read more

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FDA Seeks to Improve Safety of Antiseptic Swabs

Posted 14 Nov 2013 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 – Manufacturers of antiseptic swabs and solutions are being asked to make voluntary labeling and packaging changes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. The goal is to improve the products' safety when applied to the skin before surgery or injections. Reports of infections linked to the over-the-counter antiseptics are infrequent but continuing, the agency said in a statement explaining its request. When used properly, these antiseptic swabs and solutions safely reduce the number of bacteria on patients' skin before they undergo an operation or receive shots. But use of contaminated antiseptics has led to localized infections and even death, according to the FDA. "Most often, contamination of [antiseptic products] occurs when organisms are introduced into the product by users," the agency said in the news release. The FDA is asking for labeling changes ... Read more

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Antiseptic Products Can Be Contaminated: Study

Posted 5 Dec 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5 – Antiseptics are meant to keep bacteria and other pathogens from entering the body through breaks in the skin, but sometimes these products can be contaminated with the very organisms they're supposed to guard against, new research shows. In the Dec. 6 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration detail recent outbreaks that have occurred in products such as single-use alcohol swabs and pre-surgery antiseptics. "It is important that health care providers be aware that topical antiseptic products, if contaminated, pose a risk of infection and that particular microbes isolated from clinical specimens have been traced to the contamination of such products," the FDA experts wrote in the report. How can products that are supposed to kill germs contain germs? "Nothing is 100 percent. Bacteria are really diverse and ... Read more

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Patients Balk at Asking Health Care Workers to Wash Hands

Posted 21 Nov 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 – Many hospital patients are reluctant to remind doctors or nurses to wash their hands, even if they know that their health may be at risk, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 200 patients who were at risk for, or who had a history of, infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Clostridium difficile, as well as patients who were at risk for infections associated with a central line or surgical site. The results showed that 99.5 percent of the patients believed that health care workers were supposed to wash their hands before and after caring for patients, and 90.5 percent said health care workers should be reminded to wash their hands if they forget. Only 64 percent, however, said they would feel comfortable reminding nurses to wash their hands and only 54 percent said they would feel comfortable reminding doctors to do so. Only 14 ... Read more

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Blood Infections in ICU Cut With Simple Measures: Study

Posted 19 Oct 2012 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 19 – The use of antibacterial soap and ointment on all intensive care patients led to a significant reduction in bloodstream infections, a new study shows. The findings suggest that a major change in health care practice could help save lives, according to the researchers. The study of nearly 75,000 patients in 43 hospitals in 16 states looked at different ways to control methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. These preventable infections can cause serious complications for patients, leading to prolonged hospital stays and increased risk of death. Of the strategies tested, the most effective one was the simplest and most straightforward. Instead of screening intensive care patients for MRSA and then focusing on those identified as carriers of MRSA, all ICU patients were bathed daily with antiseptic soap during their ICU stay and received antibiotic ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: H & P Industries Povidone Iodine Swabsticks, Prep Solutions, Scrub Solutions, and Prep Gel: Recall - Inadequate Microbial Testing

Posted 26 Sep 2012 by

Multiple brands affected - listed below [UPDATED 09/18/2012] Custom Medical Specialties, Inc., Custom HSG Tray, Hysteroscopic Sterilization Pack, Custom Vein Tray, Custom Amnio Tray, Fox Chase Specials Pack, Abington Radiology Drainage Pack, Custom CT Biopsy Tray, HSG Tray, Custom Myelogram Tray, and Hysteroscopy Sterile Procedure Kit. Class 1 Recall. The custom surgical kits contain Povidone Iodine Prep solution that had previously been recalled by H & P Industries, Inc. The manufacturer did not conduct any microbial testing and the products did not meet proper finished specifications. These products may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. See the Recall Notice for a listing of affected brand names and lot numbers.   [Posted 08/27/2011] ISSUE: H & P Industries and FDA notified health professionals and the public of a recall of all lots (lots beginning with 8 ... Read more

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