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Cleansing and Sterilisation Articles

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Reprocessing Flexible Endoscopes

Flexible endoscopes have many advantages and are very helpful devices in modern medicine to diagnose and treat many diseases. They could, however, also put patient safety at risk when reprocessing fails or is performed inadequately.

Reprocessing Single-Use Devices

Reprocessing single-use medical devices raises issues of patient safety, ethics, the environment and costs. The aim of this paper is to raise awareness of the problems related to the reprocessing of single-use medical devices in the EU, with a focus on Portugalís position regarding this issue.

Taking Compliance in Hand

Looking at the literature concerning hand hygiene compliance, Hanadi Al Salmi reviews why healthcare workers donít always comply and steps that can be taken to improve hygiene.

Hands Up

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Analysing the Danube

Bridging the Protection Abyss

Joining Hands Against Infection

Getting To Zero

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Sterilisation Of Operating Theatres

A Dirty Debate

The Flexible Endoscope

Water Quality Concerns

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Waste Not, Want Not

Designing It Right

Proactive Infection Control

An Important Aspect Of Healthcare

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Dirty Work in Clean Hospitals

Hygiene Monitoring Systems

Hands-Down Clean

Health From The Dentist's Chair

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No Chance For Germs

Reducing Risks With Reusables

Barriers to Infection

Building a Clean Environment

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Preventing Infection

Hand Hygiene Training

Handling Hospital Culture

Globally, healthcare associated infection (HCAI) has a major impact on mortality rates and length of hospital admission, causing long term disability and a large financial burden.

Health Care Associated Infection Control

Healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) are a persistent public health problem and though well documented, existing strategies/solutions are constantly failing to control their spread, let alone completely eradicate them. These can have multifaceted etiologies and the role of aerosolised microorganisms in hospital acquired infection is not very well understood.

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How Do You Design a Cleanroom?

A cleanroom suite consists of two primary components: the structure and the ventilation system. Yes, there are lots of other things found inside your cleanroom but they are mostly process specific and have little to do with the cleanroom itself.

Boxed to Perfect Standards

The creation and design of medical packaging is a highly specialised profession, and medical device manufacturers are called upon to obtain approval on each individual medical device package. Ken Shagagi of Life Science Outsourcing, Inc talks readers through the design, creation and validation testing for medical packaging and the numerous standards that apply.

Electron Beam Processing

Electron beam processing, commonly referred to as e-beam, is a sterilisation method which uses high energy electrons to sterilise an object. In terms of sterilisation technology, it is a method of irradiation and is sometimes described as electron irradiation - the act of applying radiation, or radiant energy, to some material.

Going Beyond Sterilisation

Henry Sibun presents an overview of sterilisation methods used for medical devices and explains why it is not just the sterilisation process that is important.

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Clostridium Difficile Colitis

Widely known as the most common gut bug infection, Leah Frederick identifies key priorities in containing the epidemic proportions of Clostridium difficile, and for controlling it should it strike your facility.

Dental Nursing

Understanding disinfection and sterilisation Dentistry Ė what is cross infection?

Cleansing and Sterilisation

Sustainability is a topic concerning currently more and more stakeholders, and hospitals are part of the process. Indeed, we cannot neglect the risks incurred by the use on a daily basis of products and consumables by healthcare workers regarding environmental consequences and usersí safety.

Simple In Theory, Difficult In Practice

Infection control was on the agenda at Arab Health in January this year (Dubai, 2012). Itís universally accepted that hand hygiene is the single-most important factor in combating the spread of infection, which affects so many factors in healthcare performance - especially HAIs (hospital acquired infections).

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Keeping Hands And Surfaces Clean

Microbiological control within healthcare facilities and hospital pharmacy cleanrooms is of great importance to prevent the spread of contamination and for the prevention of nosocomial infections. This is achieved through correctly designed premises, using sterilised materials and through good hygiene controls. Hygiene is particularly important in healthcare settings to prevent the spread of contamination. One of the routes for the spreading of infection is via hands, whether gloved or ungloved, or through contaminated surfaces.

Decontamination Standards

This article follows the implementation of a new decontamination strategy to services at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, including the impact of a new Endoscope Decontamination Unit.

An Air of Safety

Dr Tim Sandle presents an overview of the advantages of clean spaces, together with their important design and operational measures. In examining features specific to operating theatres and hospital pharmacy units, Dr Sandle makes reference to current international standards and notes areas of best practise.

Preventing Surgical Site Infection In The Operating Theatre

Surgical site or wound infections are one of the most important complications after any surgical procedure. While there is agreement on many aspects of how best to prevent such infections, however, controversy and discussion continue about certain interventions, especially the value of ultraclean ventilation and the rituals practised by the scrub team.

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