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Medline – 23 February, 2017
It can be an alarming sight: brown discoloration of stainless steel instruments that have already been cleaned and sterilized for use in the operating room.
Outpatient Surgery – 29 April, 2017
Two sterile processing managers debate the merits of fabric and metal sterilization packaging systems.
San Anonio Express News – 27 March, 2017
Brooke Army Medical Center has closed more than half its operating rooms and reduced elective surgeries after it found improper sterilization.
Yahoo News – 28 April, 2017
Twenty-four elective surgeries have been cancelled so far at Yellowknife's Stanton Territorial Hospital, after the machines that sterilize surgical instruments were found to be malfunctioning earlier this week.
Becker's Healthcare – 18 January, 2017
The Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality editorial team chose the following 10 patient safety issues for providers to prioritize in 2017, presented below in no particular order, based on news, study findings and trends reported in the past year.
Searcy Denney – 2 May, 2017
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 1 recall for a handheld instrument used during hip-replacement surgery. The device failed sterility tests.
NPR – 18 April, 2017
The public could soon get a look at confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups in the nation's hospitals that put patients' health and safety at risk, under a groundbreaking proposal from federal health officials.
Fast Company – 27 April, 2017
After he saw a friend die of an antibiotic-resistant infection–following a minor surgery, despite the friend’s overall health–physicist David Brenner decided to devote his own research to the challenge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Time.com – 04 May, 2017
Across China, the virus that could spark the next pandemic is already circulating. It's a bird flu called H7N9, and true to its name, it mostly infects poultry. Lately, however, it's started jumping from chickens to humans more readily--bad news, because the virus is a killer. During a recent spike, 88% of people infected got pneumonia, three-quarters ended up in intensive care with severe respiratory problems, and 41% died.
CBC News – 10 May, 2017
Hospital officials are warning heart surgery patients that they may have been exposed to bacteria due to sterilization problems with medical equipment.
The Detroit News – 11 May, 2017
IThe Detroit Medical Center’s problems with dirty surgical instruments are behind them after a complete overhaul of its sterilization operations.
Seventeen.com – 11 May, 2017
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