Month: October 2013

Hospital Sterility: Cause for Concern

Hospital’s aseptic practices don’t even cover the basics Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics show a significant increase in nosocomial infections, which are infections acquired during a hospitalization. (1) William Jarvis, M.D., acting director of the Center For Disease Control hospital infections program, reported that hospital- acquired infections cost 90,000 lives and $4.5 billion a …

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Breaks in Aseptic Technique Require Review of OR Basics

As an infection preventionist, do you know what’s happening in your hospital’s operating rooms (ORs) related to infection prevention and control practices? To get an idea of how well recommended practices are being implemented in the surgical suites across the U.S., ICT conducted an opinion poll of OR nurses to gather their opinions on a …

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Control of the aseptic processing environment.

Methods used by industry with applications to hospital pharmacy for maintaining an aseptic environment in production of sterile pharmaceutical products are discussed. A major source of product contamination is airborne microorganisms. The laminar-airflow workbench with a high-efficiency particulate air filter provides an ultraclean environment for preparation of sterile products. However, the workbench does not guarantee …

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Evaluation of disinfecting procedures for aseptic transfer in hospital pharmacy departments.

Current practice in National Health Service (NHS) hospitals employs 70% Industrial Methylated Spirit spray for surface disinfection of components required in Grade A pharmaceutical environments. This study seeks to investigate other agents and procedures that may provide more effective sanitisation. Several methods are available to test the efficacy of disinfectants against vegetative organisms. However, no …

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Research Article: Antiseptic and Aseptic Techniques Are Developed

The development of antiseptic and aseptic techniques had a dramatic impact on the health and life of those living in the late-nineteenth century. Essentially, these techniques combat the growth and transmission of harmful organisms. Antisepsis, meaning the topical destruction of bacteria, was developed as an offshoot of French bacteriologist Louis Pasteur’s germ theory. Asepsis, meaning …

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Spread the Word: Aseptic Technique Prevents Infection

As pharmacists and technicians, we are an integral part of the delivery of health care to patients in a variety of practice settings. One of the most important changes that we can actively contribute to is the “Targeting Zero” initiative, created by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) to prevent the …

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