Category Archive: News

Jan
19

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

Primary Contaminated Surfaces

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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Nov
24

Does Your Endoscopy Infection Control Process Pass the “Smell Test”?

GI Pathogens Table 1

     Endoscopic GI procedures provide a valuable, life-saving screening tool for the prevention of a wide array of diseases and disorders.  However, as simplistic and routine as these may seem on the surface, having comprehensive infection prevention processes in place during GI procedures is a critical and often overlooked step in preventing exposure of …

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Oct
28

Rethinking C. difficile Prevention

Rethinking C. difficile Prevention Expanding Our Awareness and Necessary Prevention Efforts Clostridium difficile infection, commonly referred to as CDAD, CDI, or simply C. diff, is one of the greatest infection control challenges facing our healthcare system today.  Within the past decade, we have witnessed patient mortality from this deadly GI bacteria skyrocket more than 400% …

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Jun
12

Is it Time for Updated Infection Control Practices in Endoscopy?(Part 1)

Endoscopic procedures, like colonoscopy and upper GI endoscopy (EGD), are a valuable and life-saving screening and diagnostic tool performed by teams of medical professionals dedicated to providing the highest quality of patient care.  The evolution of these procedures has seen great advancements with high-definition endoscopes, automated scope reprocessors, and an ongoing commitment to patient education …

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Mar
15

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

GI Pathogens Table

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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Jan
23

10 Facts Every Healthcare Provider Should Know About C. Difficile

10 Facts Every Healthcare Provider Should Know About C. Difficile

The prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI’s) is a key focus of hospitals and health care facilities, and an increasingly prevalent component of Joint Commission and CMS surveys aimed at improving the safety and quality of care. In this era of “smarter,” more resistant pathogens, environmentally mediated bacteria and viruses present ever increasing risks of HAI’s …

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Jan
03

Clostridium difficile Rates on the Rise in Illinois

A recent report from Illinois (C. diff Report) indicates that C. difficile rates have more than doubled in the last decade, while MRSA rates have remained steady throughout the last three years.  C. difficile is one of many GI bacteria that account for a significant percentage of the more than 2 million preventable HAI’s, and excess costs of  up to $45 billion in the U.S. annually. …

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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

C Diff Graph adapted

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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Mar
12

CDC Reports C. Difficile Costs and Mortality Reach Historic Highs

cDiffDeathGraph

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 study, CDC researchers attribute environmental exposure to infectious C.diff spores, antibiotic -use, and misconceptions of the adequacy current infection prevention strategies …

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Nov
07

OSHA Driving Effective Exposure Control Plans in Ambulatory Surgery

A recent article published by the AORN Journal reports that Ambulatory surgery centers have become a focus for OSHA in protecting health care workers from bloodborne pathogens and other infectious materials (OPIM) encountered in health care environments.  In this 2 part series, published in the October and November issues of AORN Journal, AORN reports that …

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