Surgical Safeguards: Keeping Pathogens Out of the O.R.

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According to the CDC, over 51 million surgical procedures are performed annually.1 As that number increases, so does the potential risk for acquiring a hospital-acquired infection (HAI). While basic sanitizing and contact precautions are always necessary in the fight against cross-contamination, going beyond the basics of infection control can reduce the risk of transmitting environmental pathogens in the O.R. even further.

Preventing Infection

Fortunately, a few simple, cost-effective measures can go a long way in helping to reduce the risk of infection. Just as strict adherence to hand hygiene is essential no matter the setting, so is equipping the O.R. with specially designed infection control supplies,2 such as AliMed’s VeriClean™ O.R. Table Straps, the only fully disinfectable O.R. Table Strap able to withstand repeated submersion in high-level, central processing disinfecting solutions. Protecta-Coat™ Patient Positioners and Wedges, also from AliMed, feature a protective bonded vinyl coating that’s impervious to fluids and embedded with ionic silver, one of the most potent and safest antimicrobials available.3 Other AliMed infection control products for the O.R. include the multi-purpose, single-patient-use AliStrap® and ergonomically designed, antimicrobial-treated GelPro® Medical Mats — all engineered to support stringent infection control protocols.

Protect and Disinfect in the O.R. and Beyond

AliMed’s line of disinfectants, wipes, and other cleaning products make it quick and easy to protect any environment from dangerous pathogens.

References:

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/inpatient-surgery.htm
  2. http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/10-best-strategies-for-infection-prevention-and-control.html
  3. http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/articles/2010/11/the-science-of-antimicrobial-silver-from-hieroglyphs-to-hais.aspx

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