‘The Cutting Edge’: Using New Technology to Improve Surgical Outcomes

Toni Polk, BSN, RN, CIC, Infection Preventionist at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, Texas, reviews rates of surgical site infections, the importance of preventing surgical site infections, and her experience trialing a novel product in a 45-minute educational webinar available here. In this blog, we’ll provide the highlights of her presentation. Infections Are…

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Evidence-Based Decision Making for the Prevention of Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections and Medical Adhesive-Related Skin Injuries

While catheters provide numerous benefits to their users, there can be a health burden associated with their use, as they may promote catheter-related bloodstream infection (CRBSI*) and medical adhesive-related skin injuries (MARSIs). A publication reviewing the qualitative and quantitative evidence supporting the use of Detachol® Liquid Adhesive for the reduction of CRBSI and MARSI can…

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Mastisol® Liquid Adhesive: Evidence‐Based Decision Making for the Prevention of Catheter‐Related Blood Stream Infections

The public health burden associated with catheter‐related bloodstream infection (CRBSI*) is substantial. A publication reviewing the qualitative and quantitative evidence supporting the use of Mastisol® Liquid Adhesive for the reduction of CRBSI can be downloaded here. In this blog, we’ll review the important findings detailed in this publication.       CRBSI vs CLABSI These two…

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Addressing the Dressing: Improving Vascular Access Dressing Disruption

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. Michelle DeVries, BS, MPH, CIC, VA-BC, Senior Infection Control Officer at Methodist Hospitals, Indiana, reviews current practice guidelines, the emerging literature, and her…

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ReliaTect® and Post-Op Risk Prevention

This 3-part series has reviewed the financial impact of SSIs  and emerging trends in SSI prevention. It is well accepted that hospital-acquired infection (HAI) after surgery or insertion of a device increases morbidity, mortality, and costs of care for patients and hospitals. Emerging trends in SSI prevention include antimicrobial dressings, with the purpose of protecting…

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Emerging Trends in Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Prevention

Welcome to the second blog in this 3-part series about SSIs. In the last blog, the substantial financial impact of SSIs was presented (see Blog #1 of the series). Knowing that the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are no longer reimbursing hospitals for HAIs like SSI1, healthcare professionals are under tremendous pressure…

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