Sharps Container Innovation

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Wed, Oct 14, 2015 @ 02:50 PM

The evolution of sharps management over the past few decades, recently detailed in Greenhealth Magazine, tells a unique story about hospital and health care system innovation, particularly as it relates to disease prevention.

In the story, Ann Marie Pettis, director of infection prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center, shares how sharps containers were handled and disposed of 30 years ago. While it may not seem like that long ago, using empty orange juice cartons with the tops removed and open mayonnaise jars were in fact considered safe practices in a clinical setting.

We all know these approaches would never pass a compliance review or a regulatory agency’s visit today. And we also know more about disease transmission and best safety practices now than we did then.

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Three Key Insights about C.diff Infections

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 10:00 AM

With more than 5,000 peer-reviewed articles posted to PubMed about Clostridum Difficile (C.diff), it can be overwhelming to cull out best practices and identify the most important insights for preventing its transmission. Recently an article published in Infection Control Today separated fact from fiction regarding possible causes of C.diff infection rates. A few key takeaways are emphasized by Kelly Romano, MPH, CIC, and are what all healthcare staff should know in order to best prevent disease transmission.

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Topics: C. difficile, CDC

Planning, Preparation and Partnerships for Managing the Unexpected

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Fri, Oct 09, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

 A panel of environmental services (EVS) and waste stream experts convened to discuss emergency preparedness strategy, including EVS’ growing role and lessons learned from, Ebola –the worst health crisis in 35 years.. The panel walked through preparedness issues ranging from staff tracking to contact tracing to managing highly infectious waste. Panel guests also highlighted the importance of cross-functional teams and collaboration with hospitals, government officials, industry and community leaders.

 

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Topics: Ebola, CDC

Research the Research: Risk & Misinformation

Posted by Rich D'Addario on Thu, Oct 08, 2015 @ 08:08 AM

Many of our customers spend a lot of their resources, time and energy toward risk minimization, compliance and safety. Whether their function is to manage nursing teams, environmental services or materials management, they rely on research, best practices and third-party counsel to help them navigate all potential risk factors throughout a healthcare network. The insights they gather through research and outside experts help them make complicated decisions around diverse processes and system-wide standards.

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Topics: Sharp Container, disease transmission

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