Investment Drives Ultrasound Disinfection Innovation and Product Development

GE recently announced a $7.5 million investment in Australian-based Nanosonics Limited – a leader in the development of innovative technology for infection control – to further develop and distribute Trophon EPR, an ultrasound transducer disinfecting system. The investment is being made through the GE healthymagination Fund, which makes investments in healthcare technology companies.

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HyGreen Demonstrates Electronic Hand Hygiene System

HyGreen, Inc. showcased its hand hygiene system, HyGreen(R), at the National Patient Safety Foundation’s 14th Annual Patient Safety Congress. This year’s event was held at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on May 23-25, 2012.

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Christiana Care Health System Involved in Universal Gown and Gloving Study

Christiana Care Health System‘s health care workers are participating in a major study to determine if wearing gowns and gloves for all patient care in one unit will reduce health care-acquired infections. Christiana Care is one of only 20 academic medical centers nationwide participating in the Benefits of Universal Gown and Gloving, a $5.7 million study supported by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Joint Commission.

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Ecolab Healthcare Launces Encompass O.R. to Improve Hygiene

In late March, Ecolab Inc. launched the EnCompass™ O.R. Environmental Hygiene program, which provides healthcare facilities with a proven approach to improve the cleanliness of operating rooms (O.R.) and reduce the risk of infections. The training and education program has received the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) “Seal of Recognition” for meeting the guidelines set forth in AORN’s Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices.

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Collaboration Announced to Prevent Surgical Site Infections and Other Adverse Outcomes

A joint, strategic partnership to improve surgical patient safety at the national level was announced on April 16 by leaders of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the core of the alliance is a desire to sustain and strengthen quality health care by combining expertise and organizational resources in tracking, reporting, and preventing surgical site infections (SSIs) and other adverse outcomes among surgical patients.

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