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healthcare acquired infection Archives | SpecialtyCare

Al Stammers
By | Articles | August 25, 2016

Tracking and Tackling the Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Outbreak

The source of nosocomial infections can be elusive. For investigators, infections stemming from slow-growing bacteria are particularly difficult to identify and combat when symptoms do not present for months, or sometimes even years, after exposure. Add to these challenges the severity of potentially deadly infections and a bacterial outbreak can have devastating consequences. Such is the case with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM).

Matthew Baker
By | Articles | August 18, 2016

Improving Your Sterile Processing Department Starts with Focusing on the Fundamentals

Excellence in sterile processing management is fundamental to a well-run operating room. It supports on-time starts, surgeon satisfaction, and overall efficiency—all of which translate to financial results. But, most importantly, effective sterile processing management reduces the occurrence of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), which can significantly harm the patients entrusted to your care.

Helene Petrovich
By | Articles | July 14, 2016

Best Practices in Team Collaboration and Infection Control

When I learned of a concern regarding Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM) infections from use of LivaNova’s (previously Sorin) 3T heater-coolers and a change in their Instructions for Use (IFUs), I brought it to the attention of my OR Director at Memorial Medical Center. The situation has led to the development of best practices in team collaboration and infection control.