Methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureous contamination of surgical wounds: Are there effective interventions?

Methicillin‐resistant Staphylococcus aureous contamination of surgical wounds: Are there effective interventions?

Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in the US SSIs are the most common and most costly type of hospital‐acquired infection, occurring in an estimated 160,000 to 300,000 patients in the US each year.[1] SSIs increase morbidity and mortality, result in longer hospital stays and substantially increased cost of care. In fact, it has been demonstrated that…

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CGI for HCP Product Education: The New ReliaTect Instructional Video

Instructional videos are a very important tool often used to educate healthcare providers on safe use of medical devices.  They provide a great platform to deliver detailed and easy-to-digest instructions whether the device is of a more complicated nature or not.  Video can be a great complement to printed tools, but when is the last…

Surgical Scars: Prevalence and Importance of Prevention

Each year in the US more than 50 million surgeries are performed.1 Treatment of resulting surgical scars has driven decades of research, and it is estimated that in the US $20 billion per year is spent on scar treatment and management.2 Patients have made it clear that they are highly concerned about scarring after surgery…

MARSI Guidelines on Safe Adhesive Removal

Since the “pay for performance” era began, hospital acquired conditions (HAC) have deservedly received a great deal of attention from hospitals, healthcare providers, payors, patients and families. For critical medical devices that pose danger to patients if they are dislodged [like vascular access devices, (VADs)], safety requires proper securement. Poor securement of VADs increases the…

Getting Ahead of HAIs: Quick Observation Tools for HAI Prevention

In October of 2018, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) working together with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a series of Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) to assist healthcare facilities in their infection prevention initiatives.[1] The tools, available for free download here, enable rapid assessment and remediation…

We’re Feeling the Love!

This is an exciting week for the EHB – ReliaTect™ Post-Op Dressing with CHG was mentioned in the latest post on one of our favorite blogs – the MedSurgPI News and Blog!  If you’re not familiar, MedSurgPI was founded and is led by two highly experienced clinician-executives whose combined backgrounds encompass medicine, surgery, technology, product…

Quality Improvement Initiative Findings: Vascular Access Device Dressing Adhesion and Infection Rates

Vascular Access Devices and Dressing Adherence The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The Infusion Nurses Society (INS) agree that vascular access device (VAD) dressing integrity is a critical factor for the prevention of hospital‐ acquired infection. [1,2] In fact, dressing disruption is a major risk factor for central line‐associated bloodstream infections…