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What Makes CHG the Standard of Care Antimicrobial Agent?

What is chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG)? Chlorhexidine, first described in 1954, is now the standard of care topical broad-spectrum biocide in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, with bacteriostatic properties at low concentrations, and bactericidal properties at higher concentrations. It exhibits activity against gram-positive bacteria, gram-negative bacteria, some enveloped viruses, and fungi, and demonstrates longer-lasting residual effects…

Visualizing the Benefits of a Transparent, Antimicrobial Surgical Dressing

Progress of Surgical Dressing Development The development of advanced surgical dressings has allowed healthcare providers to optimize patient outcomes and procedural efficiency. Much recent innovation has focused on reducing rates of surgical site infection (SSI) due to its seriousness and financial impact. Antimicrobial dressings help minimize such complications and encourage optimal healing during post‐operative wound…

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Evidence‐Based Products and Practices Facilitate the Pivot to Telemedicine

Pivoting to Telemedicine Throughout the COVID‐19 pandemic, social distancing and reducing in‐person interactions have been essential to decrease viral spread. The healthcare industry has largely pivoted to telehealth per CDC recommendations, conducting clinical visits via virtual methods and operating in‐person facilities at restricted capacity. Doing so reduces unnecessary patient contact and exposure.¹ In order for…

ReliaTect Post‐Op Dressing versus Standard of Care in Women Following Cesarean Delivery

Study Design and Measures of Patient Satisfaction In the study “Antimicrobial Dressing versus Standard Dressing in Obese Women Undergoing Cesarean Delivery: A Randomized Controlled Trial” conducted by Dr. Antonio Saad and colleagues at the University of Texas Medical Branch, ReliaTect antimicrobial dressing was compared to standard wound dressing. It is the first published trial comparing…

Reducing Surgical Site Infections: Surgical Stewardship

Surgical site infection (SSI) occurs in 2-5% of all surgeries which correlates to about 157,5000 SSIs in the U.S. on a yearly basis.1 Not only do SSIs impact patient outcomes and mortality rates, but also satisfaction scores and budgets of medical institutions. In the webinar, Reducing Surgical Site Infections: Surgical Stewardship, Maureen P. Spencer discusses…

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…

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…

‘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…