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Yushi Uetera, Hiroshi Yasuhara, Naohito Kumada, Yoshiki Misawa, Yoshiyuki Terada, Yoshio Satou, Tamaki Suhara, Kunio Kawamura
Recently, the use of filters has come into light for sanitizing water plants. This study investigated the role of heat-tolerant ultrafilters (UFs) for the remediation of reverse osmosis (RO) plants using periodic thermal disinfection. Two completely identical RO plants (RO plants A & B) were installed in 2006 for surgical hand antisepsis in the operating theater. RO water was stored in the 300-liter storage tank and re-circulated in the 190 meter-long loop delivering water to 12 faucets in each RO plant...
March 15, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
Nating Zhang, Chen Cheng, Olajide E Olaleye, Yan Sun, Li Li, Yuhong Huang, Feifei Du, Junling Yang, Fengqing Wang, Yanhong Shi, Fang Xu, Yanfen Li, Qi Wen, Naixia Zhang, Chuan Li
XueBiJing, an injectable five-herb preparation, has been incorporated into routine sepsis care in China. Phthalides, originating from XueBiJing's component herbs Ligusticum chuanxiong rhizomes and Angelica sinensis roots, are believed to contribute to its therapeutic effects due to their presence in the preparation and antisepsis-related properties. This study aimed to identify potential therapeutic phthalides that are bioavailable to act on XueBiJing's therapeutic targets and that could serve as pharmacokinetic markers to supplement classical biomarkers for sepsis care...
March 9, 2018: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
Xavier Schwartz, Michelle Schmitz, Nasia Safdar, Aurora Pop-Vicas
Although surgical hand antisepsis is paramount to surgical infection prevention, adherence to correct technique may be suboptimal. We conducted direct observations and semistructured interviews to identify barriers and facilitators to appropriate surgical hand antisepsis in a tertiary care hospital. Only 18% (9 out of 50) surgical hand antisepsis observations were fully compliant with the recommended application techniques. Most surgical staff members considered lack of organizational oversight, monitoring, and direct hands-on training as important barriers to adherence...
February 22, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
Orianne Dumas, Raphäelle Varraso, Krislyn M Boggs, Alexis Descatha, Paul K Henneberger, Catherine Quinot, Frank E Speizer, Jan-Paul Zock, Nicole Le Moual, Carlos A Camargo
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between occupational exposure to disinfectants/antiseptics used for hand hygiene and asthma control in nurses. METHODS: In 2014, we invited female nurses with asthma drawn from the Nurses' Health Study II to complete two supplemental questionnaires on their occupation and asthma (cross-sectional study, response rate: 80%). Among 4055 nurses (mean age: 59 years) with physician-diagnosed asthma and asthma medication use in the past year, we examined asthma control, as defined by the Asthma Control Test (ACT)...
February 23, 2018: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Mark L Jewell, William P Adams
In the fourth quarter of 2017, the US FDA reviewed and approved a request by one of the breast implant manufacturers for a change in the Directions for Use (DFU) that removed warnings regarding the use of Betadine (povidone-iodine [PI] 10% solution, 1% available iodine [Purdue Frederick Company, Stamford, CT], also available in generic formulations [Aplicare, Inc., Meriden, CT]). Previously, in 2000, there were concerns by the FDA that PI would degrade the silicone elastomer shell. This change in the DFU represents an important advance that will benefit patients through the permitted use of PI to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination of implant surfaces...
February 14, 2018: Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Erasmo Spaziani, Annalisa Di Filippo, Simone Orelli, Flavia Fiorini, Martina Spaziani, Orlando Tintisona, Angelo Torcasio, Alessandro De Cesare, Marcello Picchio
BACKGROUND: Skin preparation with antiseptic agents is commonly recommended for incisional site cleansing before surgery. We present the result of a prospective case series submitted to a scheduled pre-operative antiseptic procedure combining chlorhexidine gluconate and povidone-iodine before elective laparoscopic cholecystectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Consecutive patients underwent pre-operative standardized cleansing of the operation site combining chlorhexidine gluconate and povidone-iodine...
February 9, 2018: Surgical Infections
Suchet Sachdev, Nandini Sethuraman, Vikas Gautam, Deepak Pahwa, Anuradha Kalra, Ratti Ram Sharma, Neelam Marwaha, Pallab Ray
The study was planned to measure the reduction of the load of bacterial flora on the blood donor's arm quantitatively using a three step protocol of donor arm cleansing incorporating either 70% isopropyl alcohol (IPA) or 5% w/v povidone iodine (PVI, 0.5% w/v available iodine) or 4% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) with or without the addition of 5% dimethyl sufloxide (DMSO). Single blind randomized study after obtaining ethical clearance, using the Miles and Misra technique for quantification and matrix assisted laser desorption ionization-mass spectrometry for identification of colony morphotypes on blood donor's skin...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
Paul Clarke, Mark A Webber
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March 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
Beatriz Oliveira Valeri, Cláudia Maria Gaspardo, Francisco Eulógio Martinez, Maria Beatriz Martins Linhares
BACKGROUND: Preterm infants (PI) requiring the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are exposed to early repetitive pain/distress. Little is known about how pain relief strategies interact with infants'clinical health status, such as severity of illness with pain responses. This study aimed to examine main and interactive effects of routine sucrose intervention and neonatal clinical risk (NCR) on biobehavioral pain reactivity-recovery in PI during painful blood collection procedures. METHODS: Very-low birthweight PI (n=104) were assigned to Low and High Clinical Risk Groups, according to the Clinical Risk Index for Babies...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
K Fayman, A Allan, C Hudson, M Logarta
BACKGROUND: Neuraxial analgesia during labour is a mainstay of anaesthetic practice globally. Despite the potential for significant neurological and infectious complications, international antisepsis practices for neuraxial anaesthesia vary widely. AIMS: The primary aim of this study was to clarify international antisepsis practices prior to neuraxial analgesia in labour. The secondary aim was to determine an approximate international incidence of neuraxial infections and neurological complications secondary to neuraxial analgesia techniques in labour...
October 6, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
Laura Dallolio, Alessandra Raggi, Tiziana Sanna, Magda Mazzetti, Alessandra Orsi, Angela Zanni, Patrizia Farruggia, Erica Leoni
The microbiological contamination of operating theatres and the lack of adherence to best practices by surgical staff represent some of the factors affecting Surgical Site Infections (SSIs). The aim of the present study was to assess the microbiological quality of operating settings and the staff compliance to the SSI evidence-based control measures. Ten operating rooms were examined for microbiological contamination of air and surfaces, after cleaning procedures, in "at rest" conditions. Furthermore, 10 surgical operations were monitored to assess staff compliance to the recommended practices...
December 28, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Andrzej Grzybowski, Magdalena Turczynowska
Increasing bacterial resistance to antibiotics has recently become an important medical challenge. In ophthalmology antibiotics are widely used for treatment and prophylaxis of ocular infections. In many cases antiseptics may be a valuable adjunct and sometimes even an alternative to antibiotics for the prevention and treatment of infections, reducing the overuse of antibiotics. This review aims to highlight the available literature on the subject of antibiotic resistance in ophthalmology. Full understanding of this growing problem is necessary for tailoring effective pre-, intra-, and postoperative management to improve antibiotic stewardship programs...
December 27, 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology
Axel Kramer, Joachim Dissemond, Simon Kim, Christian Willy, Dieter Mayer, Roald Papke, Felix Tuchmann, Ojan Assadian
Wound antisepsis has undergone a renaissance due to the introduction of highly effective wound-compatible antimicrobial agents and the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). However, a strict indication must be set for the application of these agents. An infected or critically colonized wound must be treated antiseptically. In addition, systemic antibiotic therapy is required in case the infection spreads. If applied preventively, the Wounds-at-Risk Score allows an assessment of the risk for infection and thus appropriateness of the indication...
December 21, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
Jakob Klit, Per Hviid Gundtoft, Eske Brand, Peter Toft Tegnberg, Kristoffer Weisskirchner Barfod
Senior surgeons can execute a full surgical hand antisepsis in no time. This could be due to a changed perception of time with age. This cross-sectional study secretly timed orthopaedic surgeons during alcohol rub, investigated their perception of 120 see and attitude towards hand antisepsis. Surgeons under 50 years of age used significantly longer time on alcohol rub. No significant difference in perception of neither time nor attitude towards surgical hand antisepsis were found between age groups. Surgeons are not affected by mental aging but seem to be able to accelerate time...
December 11, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Timothy K O'Rourke, Alexander Erbella, Yu Zhang, Matthew S Wosnitzer
Penile prosthesis implant surgery is an effective management approach for a number of urological conditions, including medication refractory erectile dysfunction (ED). Complications encountered post-operatively include infection, bleeding/hematoma, and device malfunction. Since the 1970s, modifications to these devices have reduced complication rates through improvement in antisepsis and design using antibiotic coatings, kink-resistant tubing, lock-out valves to prevent autoinflation, and modified reservoir shapes...
November 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
Frank Brodie, Gregory Bever, David G Hwang
Purpose/Aim of the study: Chlorhexdine has been shown to provide excellent and cost-effective presurgical antisepsis. However, standard presurgical concentrations of chlorhexidine (2-4%) are known to cause ocular injury, even in cases in which a bio-occlusive dressing (Tegaderm™) was applied beforehand to the closed eye. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Three experiments were conducted to assess the barrier performance of Tegaderm™ to chlorhexidine skin prep in vitro and on non-ocular skin...
November 30, 2017: Current Eye Research
Yannick Bilong, Vikas Mahatme, Ngoune Nanfack, Sapate Santosh, Lucienne Assumpta Bella, Côme Ebana Mvogo
The manual extracapsular extraction of the lens is the surgical technique that is most practiced for the treatment of cataract in sub-Saharan Africa. Learning this technique requires the creation of a surgical simulation unit within training institutes. We describe the development stages of a traditional simulation unit. For this purpose, we present a description of four steps involved in the development of a simulation unit for cataract surgery: the physical creation of the room, the aseptic and antisepsis conditions, the management of the eyes, the development of a curriculum and the administrative policies...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
Fernanda Lopes de Araújo, Bruna Figueiredo Manzo, Anna Caroline Leite Costa, Allana Dos Reis Corrêa, Juliana de Oliveira Marcatto, Delma Aurélia da Silva Simão
OBJECTIVE: To describe the observed behavior of professionals in two neonatal and pediatric intensive care units regarding the use of central venous catheter insertion bundle, and the clinical and birth profile of neonates and children who received the devices. METHOD: A quantitative descriptive exploratory study was conducted in two intensive care units of a public hospital in Belo Horizonte with neonates and children, between February and September 2016. RESULTS: The sample consisted of 59 observed implants of central venous catheter...
November 27, 2017: Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da U S P
George M Ghobrial, Michael Y Wang, Barth A Green, Howard B Levene, Glen Manzano, Steven Vanni, Robert M Starke, George Jimsheleishvili, Kenneth M Crandall, Marina Dididze, Allan D Levi
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of 2 common preoperative surgical skin antiseptic agents, ChloraPrep and Betadine, in the reduction of postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) in spinal surgery procedures. METHODS Two preoperative surgical skin antiseptic agents-ChloraPrep (2% chlorhexidine gluconate and 70% isopropyl alcohol) and Betadine (7.5% povidone-iodine solution)-were prospectively compared across 2 consecutive time periods for all consecutive adult neurosurgical spine patients...
February 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Daniele G Biasucci, Mauro Pittiruti, Alessandra Taddei, Enzo Picconi, Alessandro Pizza, Davide Celentano, Marco Piastra, Giancarlo Scoppettuolo, Giorgio Conti
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a new three-component 'bundle' for insertion and management of centrally inserted central catheters (CICCs), designed to minimize catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) in critically ill children. METHODS: Our 'bundle' has three components: insertion, management, and education. Insertion and management recommendations include: skin antisepsis with 2% chlorhexidine; maximal barrier precautions; ultrasound-guided venipuncture; tunneling of the catheter when a long indwelling time is expected; glue on the exit site; sutureless securement; use of transparent dressing; chlorhexidine sponge dressing on the 7th day; neutral displacement needle-free connectors...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
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