Monday, March 19, 2012
A new book from the World Health Organization follows on the theme of World Health Day 2011: antimicrobial resistance (AMR). "The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance – Options for action" describes policy activities that have addressed antimicrobial resistance in different parts of the world as well as some of the progress made since the publication of the WHO's 2001 AMR strategy.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cross-contamination From Flexible Endoscopes
Improper cleaning and disinfection techniques of flexible endoscopes can lead to patient cross-contamination, resulting in life-threatening infections.
It is essential to adhere to a multistep procedure for reprocessing endoscopes. Any missed step could compromise the process.
Make sure to review instructions before purchase to help identify and avoid devices that are complicated. Have a specific reprocessing protocol for each flexible endoscope. Ask the manufacturer of the device to identify unique requirements for cleaning and sterilization.