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MRSA
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium responsible for difficult-to-treat infections in humans. MRSA is also sometimes referred to as multiple-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (ORSA). MRSA is by definition a strain of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to a large group of antibiotics called the beta-lactams, which include the penicillins and the cephalosporins. MRSA is a resistant variation of the common bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. MRSA has evolved an ability to survive treatment with beta-lactamase resistant beta-lactam antibiotics, including methicillin, dicloxacillin, nafcillin, and oxacillin. MRSA is especially troublesome in hospital-associated (nosocomial) infections. In hospitals, patients with open wounds, invasive devices, and weakened immune systems are at greater risk for infection than the general public. The links shown on this page feature the key word ′MRSA’ in their stories:
Smartphone equipment a risk for hospital infections
Study shows that medical staff carrying smartphone equipment should have them subjected to the same hygiene standards as other medical equipment
Nanofibres help in targeting fungal infections
New material breakthrough involving biocompatible nanofibres provides hope in the relief of fungal infections
Nucleic acid extraction kits for winter bug detection
Extraction kits from DiaSorin are available for norovirus and mycoplasma pneumonia detection as winter pathogen season picks up
UV light disinfection system for Air Force medical centre
A medical centre in Las Vegas run by the air force is using a UV based medical disinfection system for improving room hygiene and patient safety
Rose Medical Center becomes first hospital in Colorado to implement Xenex disinfection system
Rose Medical Center becomes the first hospital in Colorado to install a germ-zapping robot that eliminates hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
Germ-zapping robot improves patient safety at Decatur Memorial Hospital
As hospitals across the UK look for new and innovative ways to battle deadly pathogens and kill multi-drug resistant organisms that put patients at risk, Decatur Memorial Hospital (DMH) is installing two germ-zapping robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
Xenex changes name to become Xenex Disinfection Services
Xenex Healthcare Services, a world leader in pulsed xenon UV room disinfection systems for healthcare facilities, is changing the company's name to Xenex Disinfection Services.
QHC Belleville deploys ozone-based disinfection technology to eradicate MRSA in less than an hour
San Francisco-based Medizone International is using the company's AsepticSure system at the Quinte Health Care-Belleville General Hospital as part of the hospital's management of a recent outbreak of MRSA
Cepheid receives FDA clearance for updated Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture test
Cepheid receives clearance from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to market the company's Xpert MRSA/SA Blood Culture (BC) test, which runs on the GeneXpert System, for the detection of Methicillin-
ConvaTec receives 510(k) market clearance for silver version of foam dressing
ConvaTec receives 510(k) market clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for AQUACEL Ag Foam dressing.
Germ-zapping robot enhances patient safety at Johnson City Medical Center
Johnson City Medical Center (JCMC) installs two germ-zapping Xenex robots that eliminate hard-to-kill bugs in hard-to-clean places.
FHN installs disinfecting robot to enhance patient safety
FHN becomes the first healthcare entity in northern Illinois to use a Xenex robot to disinfect patient rooms, operating rooms and other areas.
Cambridge Health Alliance study demonstrates disinfection system reduces OR contamination
A new study conducted at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a Harvard Medical School Teaching Affiliate, demonstrates that pulsed xenon ultraviolet light disinfection can significantly decrease Operating Room (OR) contamination of surfaces and air.
St Anthony Hospital deploys germ-eliminating 'Robot' to disinfect rooms
St Anthony Hospital's unveils Xenex's new germ-eliminating 'Robot' to enhance patient safety by utilising a new approach to disinfecting a room that looks a little like a science fiction character.
EPSRC invests into research projects set to make phones, probes and sensors transform healthcare
A £32 million investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is going to establish three new Healthcare Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations (IRCs) which will fund several innovative projects including: smart-phone test and tracking systems for infectious diseases;
New molecular assay to detect Clostridium difficile infection receives FDA clearance
BD Diagnostics receives FDA clearance to market the BD MAX Cdiff Assay in the USA.
Research study indicates superbugs can be killed by silver-coated antimicrobial dressing
Smith & Nephew reveals in-vitro study results suggesting ACTICOAT Silver-Coated Antimicrobial Dressings are bactericidal against some antibiotic resistant organisms carrying the NDM-1 enzyme.
Doylestown Hospital unveils UV disinfecting tool to enhance patient safety
Doylestown Hospital's newest weapon against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) may look a little like R2-D2 from Star Wars but the new Xenex disinfecting system uses ultraviolet (UV-C) light that is 20,000 times more powerful than the sun to 'zap' nasty organisms that cause infections like the f
Thermo Fisher Scientific unveils new Group-B strep test
Thermo Fisher Scientific launches Brilliance GBS Agar for the testing of Group B streptococci (GBS) during pregnancy.
Spaulding Hospital unveils new germ-zapping robot to enhance patient safety
Spaulding Hospital Cambridge is the first hospital in the Boston area of Masschusetts'to implement Xenex Healthcare Services’ innovative germ-zapping technology to further increase patient safety.
NHS Lean leaders explore best practice at Best Factory Award winning site
NHS staff and members of the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) Lean Network across the North West of England visit the Vernacare production site that received a Best Factory Award.
Stamford Hospital deploys portable room disinfection device to enhance patient safety
Stamford Hospital is the first and only hospital in Connecticut to use Xenex Healthcare Services' innovative disinfection technology to improve patient safety.
WellStar Health System deploys new room disinfection system to enhance patient safety
WellStar Health System is the first to implement Xenex Healthcare Services' room disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms and is the only health system in metro-Atlanta using the tool.
Ansell releases new non-latex surgical glove
Ansell is extending the company's market-leading antimicrobial technology product range, to include non-latex surgical gloves.
DiFusion partners Evonik to develop medical polymer that resists infection
DiFusion Technologies is working together with Germany-based specialty chemicals company Evonik Degussa to develop a PEEK based product called CleanFUZE, a new medical polymer that prevents infection and promotes bone and tissue integration.
Cone Health lowers MRSA infection rates using Xenex room disinfection systems
At IDWeek 2012 Cone Health is reporting that the organisation reduced Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rates by a 56 percent in 2011 after implementing an infection prevention programme t
New molecular assay detects CRE superbug
BD Diagnostics is releasing for research use only (RUO) a molecular test designed to rapidly detect antibiotic resistance genes found in the superbug known as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).
ConvaTec launches new wound dressing in the USA
ConvaTec is introducing the AQUACEL Ag EXTRA wound dressing in the USA, incorporating the market-leading and proprietary Hydrofiber Technology.
New dressing aims to transform burn management in Europe
ConvaTec is introducing to Europe the latest products in the company's most recognized family of wound dressings which are AQUACEL BURN and the antimicrobial AQUACEL Ag BURN dressings.
Vernacare shares lean best practice tips with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Vernacare hosts staff from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust to see how the company is achieving excellence through lean business performance.
Abbott to develop rapid molecular test with Genetics Laboratory
Abbott is collaborating with Genetics Laboratory on the development of a molecular diagnostic test that will be designed to rapidly detect microorganisms that cause orthopaedic infections.
New wound dressing focuses on partial thickness burns
ConvaTec is introducing the AQUACEL Ag BURN dressing, which is a new wound dressing for the management of partial thickness burns (PTBs) and donor sites.
Disinfecting wipes offer environmentally friendly benefits
West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust is becoming leaner and greener with the introduction of Vernacare's new environmentally friendly Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipes.
Cambio offers clinical diagnostic kits from Minerva Biolabs
Cambio, the exclusive UK distributor of Minerva Biolabs products for detecting, eliminating and preventing cell culture contamination and identifying Legionella in water samples, is introducing a range of clinical diagnostic kits focusing on detection of pathogenic bacteria (including
New wet wipe dispensers boost hospital productivity
Vernacare is launching a new wall mounted dispenser for their Tuffie wipes range which is aimed at not only increasing productivity, but also helping the NHS make cost efficiencies by reducing waste.
Fully automated assay rapidly identifies MRSA patients
BD Diagnostics receives the CE Mark for the BD MAX MRSA Assay to rapidly and accurately identify methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (
New air disinfection unit actively neutralises airborne pathogen threat
Aerte, the air disinfection specialist, is launching a revolutionary air disinfection unit, the AD 2.0, specifically designed and proven to continuously eliminate airborne Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) from clinical settings - including
Dressing claims step change in advanced wound care management
A new advanced wound care dressing for moderate to highly exudating wounds is being introduced to the UK by Synergy Health, suppliers of Comfifast.
Research highlights corrosive impact of chlorine-based disinfectants
New research commissioned by Synergy Health is highlighting the potential corrosive damage to medical devices caused by ongoing exposure to chlorine-based disinfectants.
Quotient agrees bacterial infections treatment deal with Phico
Quotient Clinical, a business unit of Quotient Bioresearch, signs an agreement with UK-based biotech, Phico Therapeutics which will see Quotient undertake a RapidFACT programme to optimise nasal delivery of Phico's SASPject PT1.2, an antibiotic protein technology that offers a new approach for the t
Wound dressing with ionic silver kills several strains of highly-resistant bacteria
ConvaTec is reporting new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria.
Multi-surface sporicidal wipe offers cost savings with lighter flexible packaging
Vernacare’s Tuffie 5 multi-surface sporicidal wipe, which is 100 percent alcohol and chlorine free, is now available in new lighter flexible packaging designed to reduce packaging waste by 70 percent, whilst providing further cost savings to customers of up to 30 percent versus traditional tub
Moses Cone Health System disinfects a patient room in less than eight minutes
Moses Cone Health System is the first in North Carolina, USA, to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system which uses ultraviolet light and disinfects a patient room in less than eight minutes.
Improved chromogenic medium speeds screening times for MRSA detection
Thermo Fisher Scientific is launching Brilliance MRSA 2 Agar which is an improved chromogenic medium that claims to save valuable time for infection control teams by allowing rapid and reliable screening f
Disinfecting wipes help to counter out antibiotic-resistant bacteria
New research published in the Journal of Medical Microbiology identifies multiple antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and finds that built-up tolerance is not the only way bacteria are able to defend against antibiotics, but a further defence mechanism called 'persistence' could also fac
Cleaning and disinfecting wipe eradicates antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1
Vernacare’s all-in-one Tuffie 5 cleaning and disinfecting wipe proves to eradicate the new antibiotic-resistant enzyme NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo-lactamase-1).
Flexible packaging solution reduces cost of cleaning and disinfecting wipes
Vernacare is reducing the cost of the company’s Tuffie range of cleaning and disinfecting wipes by up to 30 percent, through the introduction of new 'greener’ flexible packaging.
Palomar Pomerado Health deploys Xenex PX-UV disinfection system
Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) is the first health system in California to use the Xenex PX-UV disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms.
Floor coverings aim to control wheel-borne contamination
Specifically designed to control wheel-borne contamination, Dycem’s WorkZone removes contamination from areas subject to heavy wheeled traffic.
New tabard style of clothing protectors offer durable benefits
Bibetta is showcasing a new tabard style of clothing protectors at Naidex South 2010, London,
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