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Jul
21

CDC Reports Clostridium difficile Spreads 1000x faster in Hospitals

Current CDC reports indicate that the risks of acquiring C. difficile in a hospital setting are 1000x greater than in the community, with symptomatic patients with CDI transmitting C. difficile to the nearby environment at a rate 15 times that of asymptomatic carriers (Emerging Infect Dis, April 2016).  Despite significant focus on the prevention and spread of this dangerous …

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Jan
19

New SGNA Standards Call for Expanded Infection Prevention Efforts in GI Endoscopy

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Infection prevention in the GI endoscopy setting took an important step forward with the recently released “Standard of Infection Prevention in the Gastroenterology Setting” (SGNA, 2015).  In issuing its new guidelines, the SGNA (Society for Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, Inc.) acknowledges that the implementation of comprehensive infection prevention processes across the continuum of care is …

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Mar
02

Outbreaks of GI “Superbugs” Underscore the Need for Enhanced Infection Control Processes in Endoscopy

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Do you consider endoscopic GI procedures as “Low Risk” for contact with infectious bacteria or bloodborne pathogens?  If so, it may be time to revisit this misleading and potentially dangerous perception. Earlier this month, the FDA warned healthcare facilities about multiple reported failures in the effectiveness of reprocessing procedures used on certain endoscopes that had …

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Mar
15

2013 APIC Guide Expands C. difficile Prevention Efforts to Procedure and Outpatient Care Areas

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The newly updated 2013 APIC “Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections” provides a valuable resource for healthcare professionals and facilities committed to reducing the prevalence of healthcare -associated infections (HAI’s).  Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) affect more than 7,000 inpatients on any given day (5 every minute), costing up to $51.5 million a day, or as …

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Dec
05

When Collaborating to Control Sources of C. Difficile and Other GI Pathogens in Your Facility, Don’t Overlook Endoscopy

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Where are you more likely to encounter GI secretions and bacteria than in GI endoscopy? The CDC reports that costs and mortality risks related to the GI borne bacteria C. difficile remain at historically high levels, with a vast majority related to exposure in health care settings. In a recent report, CDC researchers attribute environmental exposure …

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Aug
22

Containing Bacteria and Pathogens at Their Origin

Containing Bacteria and Pathogens at Their Origin: The First and Most Effective Opportunity for Infection Prevention We have all seen the numbers regarding the significant impact of preventable Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI’s).  Whether considering the estimated tens of billions of dollars in costs, or the more than 100,000 unnecessary deaths resulting from avoidable HAI’s, facilities and …

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Aug
15

Welcome To The New Vortek Surgical News Channel

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Welcome to Vortek Surgical, your source for cutting edge products and information for infection prevention and improving patient and staff safety during the delivery of healthcare services. Vortek Surgical is pleased to offer the patented ENDODRAPE Endoscopy Containment Systems.  The ENDODRAPE quickly and efficiently establishes the recommended precautions for effectively Containing and Confining the bacteria, …

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