The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on April 25, 2020.
One of the best ways to learn about the latest trends in your industry, develop current and new skills, and network with other professionals is to attend healthcare conferences. While it may be hard to choose the right conference for you based on the knowledge and experience you want to gain, here is a list of upcoming healthcare and nursing conferences in 2019 and 2020.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Disinfection Guidelines, “of all the methods available for sterilization, moist heat in the form of saturated steam under pressure is the most widely used and the most dependable… Like all sterilization processes, steam sterilization has some deleterious effects on some materials...”.
Since autoclaving is the most common form of sterilization, a good alternative to the environmentally damaging practice of waste incineration, and likely the method many of our customers are using, we tested the autoclavability of Whitney’s BIOHAZARD Bench-Top Keeper and BIOHAZARD Safe-Keeper.
The TubeCaddy is not a medical device, but is most closely similar to items classified as noncritical reusable medical equipment. According to the CDC, “virtually no risk has been documented for transmission of infectious agents to patients through noncritical items when they are used as noncritical items and do not contact non-intact skin and/or mucous membranes”. Other examples of noncritical reusable medical equipment / noncritical patient-care items are bedpans, blood pressure cuffs, crutches and computers.
To maintain compliance and safety for staff and patients in a variety of environments, it’s necessary to properly dispose of biohazard waste. This comprehensive guide will cover the different types of biohazard waste, along with the containers you should utilize for safe disposal.
Prior to the development of single use disposable bone cement removal curettes, orthopedic surgeons’ most common options for removing excess soft cement during primary TJR were using a metal tool that was close at hand…a freer, a metal bone curette or other instrument made of steel...or even a gloved finger. With a metal tool, there is increased chance of scratching the prosthesis, possibly resulting in long-term complications. With the cement covered gloved finger a time-consuming re-gloving is required.
Many surgeons require photos of procedures for teaching purposes, real time consultation or for patient records. And the advent of Medical Information Technology is bringing many types of electronic devices: smartphones, tablets, digital cameras into areas of the hospital where they have been previously unseen, namely surgical suites.
The work of medical laboratories, whether they are microbiology, virology, hematology or the dozens of other types of labs, often involves the handling and disposal of contaminated waste. It is inevitable and not something to be treated lightly. There are a number of important factors to consider including Regulatory Procedures such as those outlined in OSHA guidelines, DOT regulations and the various disposal options available to properly dispose of biohazardous waste. In addition to those, you must determine what types of biohazardous waste containers fit your needs. When making that decision, there are a couple of significant factors to consider.
October 28, 2017 will mark the 14th National Take Back Initiative event. The NTBI started this initiative as a response to the increase in opioid overdoses in the US, but it’s also a means to help reduce the environmental harm of prescription drugs being improperly discarded.
At first glance, it seems like such a small component of total joint replacement…Bone Cement Removal. What’s the big deal? In a procedure that typically lasts two hours or more, the cement removal part is just a fraction of the time. Why the big concern? Because this seemingly simple task can have repercussions affecting the outcome of the procedure, the costs associated with the procedure and the longevity of the implant! The important message here is you have choices…you can easily take steps to avoid these situations.