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Fighting Infectious Disease The Modern Way - With Robots

2013 26 Jun

Germ-fighting robots that pulse UV light are used by Loyola University Health System to fight infectious disease. Hospitals are synonymous with cleanliness and now Loyola University Health System is the first academic medical center in Illinois to take disinfection to futuristic levels. Nicknamed “Ralph” by the housekeeping staff at Gottlieb... Read more

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Rates of Infection in ICUs in England Show Impressive Fall – and We Can Explain Why, Researchers Say

2013 26 Jun

Hospitals across England reduced the rate of serious bloodstream infections in intensive care units (ICUs) during a two-year programme, research has shown. More than 200 ICUs in England participated in the National Patient Safety Agency’s Matching Michigan programme, which aimed to bring down infections linked to central venous catheters to... Read more

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New Technology Allows Fast, Reliable Pathogen Identification

2013 18 Jun

A team from the University of Toronto – including researchers from Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering – has created an electronic chip that can analyze blood and other clinical samples for infectious bacteria with record-breaking speed. Life-threatening bacterial infections... Read more

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Be Gone, Bacteria

2013 14 Jun

Staph infections in hospitals are a serious concern, so much so that the term Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is as commonly known as MRI. Far less known is that in many of these cases, patients are infecting themselves. In heart surgeries and knee and joint-replacement procedures, up to 85 percent of staph infections after... Read more

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FHN Unveils Xenex’s Germ-Zapping Robot to Enhance Patient Safety

2013 14 Jun

HN is the first healthcare entity in northern Illinois to utilize a Xenex robot to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas. Requiring only 5-10 minutes to disinfect a room, the Xenex system is the fastest, safest, and most effective method for the advanced cleaning of hospital rooms, scientifically proven to destroy all major classes... Read more

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Study Finds Women Less at Risk than Men for Bloodstream or Surgical Site Infections

2013 07 Jun

A new study from Columbia University School of Nursing supports a growing body of evidence that women are less likely to contract bloodstream or surgical site infections than their male counterparts. Researchers investigated the incidence of infection in thousands of hospitalized patients and found the odds for women succumbing to a bloodstream... Read more

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BioFire Obtains CE IVD Mark for FilmArray® Blood Culture Identification Panel

2013 07 Jun

BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. announced today that it obtained the CE IVD Mark under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices for its FilmArray Blood Culture Identification (BCID) Panel. The BCID Panel tests positive blood cultures and can identify more than 100 blood pathogens known to cause sepsis. Sepsis, a serious medical condition,... Read more

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New Study Shows Xenex’s Room Disinfection System Reduces Environmental Contamination

2013 07 Jun

Xenex Healthcare Services announced on June 6, 2013, that Dr. Mark Stibich presented the poster “Reductions in Environmental Contamination and Hospital Infection Rates After Implementing a Pulsed-Xenon Ultraviolet (PX-UV) Disinfection System” at the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in London. According to the poster, use of the... Read more

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Following CDC Protocols Cuts Dialysis Bloodstream Infections in Half in the U.S.

2013 06 Jun

CDC provides tools to help all U.S. dialysis facilities reduce potentially deadly infections On May 13, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results of its Dialysis Bloodstream Infection Prevention Collaborative showing a 32 percent decrease in overall bloodstream infections and a 54 percent decrease in vascular... Read more

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U.S. Hospitals Profit when Patients Develop Bloodstream Infections

2013 29 May

Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., senior vice president for patient safety for Johns Hopkins Medicine and one of the authors of the research. Pronovost is also editorial board of member of ICU Management. Private insurers rather than hospitals would reap the most savings by supporting programs to prevent these avoidable complications . Johns... Read more