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Hygiene and Infection Control
Seal Shield launches antimicrobial flexible keyboard for mobile applications
Infection control : 03 September, 2008
Seal Shield has introduced the Silver Seal Flex Keyboard, the world's first keyboard that is fully submersible, dishwasher safe, antimicrobial and glows in the dark.
 
Medifilm UK introduces medical keyboard featuring an anti-microbial film
Infection control : 13 August, 2008
An innovative new medical keyboard, manufactured in Germany by Hofmann and Krippner and distributed in the UK by Medifilm UK Ltd, has been developed to help combat the problem of superbugs in hospitals.
 
Winners of the Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards receive their prizes
Infection control : 05 August, 2008
Oxoid has presented the winners of the 2007/2008 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards with their prizes at a celebratory dinner, held in honour of the winners, at Walton Hall Hotel, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire, UK.
 
Seal Shield starts shipping keyboards with antimicrobial protection
Infection control : 17 July, 2008
Seal Shield has begun shipping a new family of fully submersible, 108 key, international keyboards with Silver Seal Antimicrobial protection to help reduce the risk of worldwide cross contaminations, including Norovirus and MRSA.
 
Vernacare prepares to unveil new macerator that eradicates five major pathogens
Macerators : 16 July, 2008
September’s Infection Prevention Society Conference will mark the official launch of Vernacare’s new Vortex macerator, and its powerful Tuffie 5 wipes - which eradicate the major five major groups of pathogens, including Cdiff, MRSA and E Coli.
 
Duo of Vernacare cleaning products are made available on prescription
Infection control : 07 July, 2008
Two Vernacare hospital products, Senset Skin Cleansing Foam and Vernagel, that offer patients recovering in the community all the comfort, care and dignity they received while in hospital are now available on prescription.
 
Liverpool PCT signs up to NPSA’s cleanyourhands campaign to reduce HAI rates
Infection control : 01 July, 2008
Liverpool Primary Care Trust (PCT) has signed up to the National Patient Safety Agency’s (NPSA) cleanyourhands campaign to reinforce its commitment to safer care for its service users.
 
New generation macerator features hands-free lid opening mechanism
Macerators : 30 June, 2008
Vernatech, part of UK owned Vernagroup, has introduced the new Vortex macerator which is designed to help advance infection prevention in hospitals around the globe.
 
Medline Industries acquires Chester Labs to broaden portfolio
Infection control : 30 June, 2008
Medline Industries has acquired Chester Labs, based in Cincinnati, a leading manufacturer of liquid products for personal care, infection control and diagnostic use in medical facilities.
 
North Tees and Hartlepool selects Hygiena International to help fight HAIs
Infection control : 23 June, 2008
Hygiena International has joined forces with the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to provide the Trust with a new weapon for their armoury in the fight against healthcare associated infections (HAI).
 
Medline launches Hand Hygiene Compliance Program in the USA to combat HAIs
Infection control : 18 June, 2008
Medline Industries has launched its Hand Hygiene Compliance Program (HHCP) to US hospitals and healthcare facilities.
 
Cleaning and disinfecting wipe eradicates five major pathogen groups
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 10 June, 2008
Vernacare has unveiled a new cleaning and disinfecting wipe that is kind to the hands, yet eradicates the major five major groups of pathogens, including C diff, MRSA and E Coli.
 
HAI summit aims to promote zero tolerance approach
Infection control : 06 June, 2008
Cardinal Health is to host the inaugural Chasing Zero Summit in a move that reflects its continued commitment to fighting the spread and impact of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
 
Cepheid agrees group purchasing contract with Novation
Microbiology test equipment : 21 May, 2008
Cepheid has signed a contract with Novation, the industry's leading contracting services company serving VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and Provista.
 
Cardinal Health acquires Enturia to expand infection prevention portfolio
Infection control : 15 May, 2008
Cardinal Health has completed the acquisition of assets of privately held Enturia, the manufacturer of infection prevention products sold under the ChloraPrep brand name.
 
Vernacare’s efficiency savings makes infection prevention more affordable for the NHS
Infection control : 09 May, 2008
Vernacare is passing on its efficiency savings to NHS Trusts to ensure that infection prevention care is more affordable.
 
New ultrasonic benchtop bath series offers traceable benefits
Decontamination equipment and services : 07 May, 2008
Ultrawave has launched the new Q-Series of benchtop baths that incorporates a number of features including Frequency LEAP technology to improve the ultrasonic activity within the tank and an SD port for digital cycle validation and traceability.
 
Whiston Hospital implements infection prevention programme in burns ward
Infection control : 01 May, 2008
Staff on the specialist burns and plastics ward at Whiston Hospital, part of the St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, is using the new Vernaclean Indicator to create an audit of their rigorous cleaning procedures.
 
New benchmarking tool helps Alabama Hospitals compare infection prevention performance
Infection control : 30 April, 2008
Cardinal Health has introduced a new benchmarking tool from MedMined services that allow hospitals to compare risk-adjusted infection rates in each unit of a hospital to peer units in similar hospitals to help identify best practices and areas for improvement.
 
Worcester Acute NHS Trust wins major Infection Control Award
Infection control : 14 April, 2008
Worcester Acute NHS Trust, UK, has won the 2007/2008 Oxoid Infection Control Team of the Year Awards.
 
Cepheid selected to support CHA with MRSA test solution
Microbiology test equipment : 07 April, 2008
Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) Shared Services Program has been selected Cepheid as the vendor of choice for molecular surveillance testing of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with Cepheid's GeneXpert Systems and Xpert MRSA test.
 
AcroMetrix launches first liquid MRSA positive control
Microbiology test equipment : 26 March, 2008
AcroMetrix has launched the OptiQual MRSA Positive Control which is the first standardised external quality control for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureas (MRSA) molecular testing.
 
Cumberland Infirmary installs macerator waste disposal to prevent infections
Macerators : 17 March, 2008
The Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle is boosting its infection prevention procedures by replacing traditional bed pan washers with a macerator waste disposal system on some of its acute wards.
 
First UK panel is established to study antibacterial properties of silver in hospitals
Infection control : 07 March, 2008
BioCote has set up the UK’s first expert panel to study the antibacterial properties of silver, and further its use in hospitals.
 
Surface disinfectant comes in new easy-to-use flat pack design
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 05 March, 2008
Metrex Research has introduced the newest member of its surface disinfection range, CaviWipes, in a flat pack that offers a new easy-open/easy-close pull tab with slim, flexible packaging and adhesive-backed strips.
 
Carinal Health to acquire Chloraprep to boost infection prevention portfolio
Infection control : 05 March, 2008
Cardinal Health is to acquire the assets of privately held Enturia for $490 million in a deal that includes Enturia’s leading line of infection prevention products sold under the ChloraPrep brand name.
 
Manchester nurses help to pioneer infection control pulp washbowl
Infection control : 03 March, 2008
Nurses at Tameside General Hospital, in Manchester, UK, have helped to pioneer a new infection control washbowl that is now being used in hospitals throughout the world to promote infection control.
 
Meddius delivers integration router to Premier's infection control system
Infection control : 26 February, 2008
Meddius is to provide integration technology and professional services to assist with the deployment of Premier's SafetySurveillor infection control system, which provides hospitals with a web-based, automated approach to detect and alert staff of healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
 
Biocontrol presents data from first phage therapy clinical trial
Infection control : 25 February, 2008
Biocontrol has been investigating the use of natural controls against serious bacterial infection and superbugs and has announced the results of the company’s initial Phase II clinical trial.
 
New ultra thin multi-functional antimicrobial coating is durable and kills E.coli quickly
Infection control : 15 February, 2008
4MED is an innovative hygiene coating developed by Nano Hygiene Coatings that combines the benefits of the easy-to-clean properties derived from nano chemical technology with an antimicrobial additive to actively prevent the growth of bacteria such as Escherichia Coli and MRSA.
 
Seal Shield begins to ship Silver Seal Washable, Antimicrobial Keyboard
Infection control : 15 February, 2008
Seal Shield has begun shipping the new Silver Seal Washable, Antimicrobial Keyboard which is the world's first computer keyboard to be fully submersible, dishwasher safe, and manufactured from Silver Seal Antimicrobial plastic.
 
Vernacare improves bowl design to get to grips with infection
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 13 February, 2008
Vernacare has introduced a new, improved general purpose bowl that is designed to help hospitals to get to grips with Norovirus and other infections.
 
Health Canada issues medical device licence for Cepheid’s Xpert MRSA test
Infection control : 30 January, 2008
Health Canada has issued a medical device licence for Cepheid’s Xpert MRSA test for the rapid detection of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) on nasal swabs and the GeneXpert System.
 
Vernacare invests £1.5 million to automate production of infection control equipment
Infection control : 28 January, 2008
Vernacare has invested £1.5 million in automating its Bolton factory to boost efficiency, improve quality and increase capacity for export growth.
 
APIC introduces new programme to help eradicate HAIs
Infection control : 19 December, 2007
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has introduced a new series of educational initiatives aimed at eliminating healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).
 
Waste watchers give green boost to Westmorland General
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 14 December, 2007
Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal has installed Vernacare 2020 macerators on five wards to help nursing staff to reduce waste.
 
Bristol-Myers Squibb launches clinical centre for children's immune system disorders and infectious diseases
Infection control : 03 December, 2007
Bristol-Myers Squibb has joined Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to launch a new clinical centre at The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
 
Swedish trials on nitric oxide technology show promise for hygiene control
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 30 November, 2007
NOLabs, the Swedish company developing innovative nitric oxide-containing medical devices based on the NitroSense Technology, has achieved important milestone in the development of a new range of products for wounds infected by MRSA-bacteria.
 
New irrigation solution helps remove bacterial colonisation in chronic sinus infections
Infection control : 29 November, 2007
Results of a research study suggest that pressurised irrigation of the sinuses in conjunction with a specially designed irrigation solution being developed by Medtronic may offer new options to reduce bacteria associated with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).
 
Trafford General Hospital fights infection by abandoning plastic washbowls
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 22 November, 2007
Sister Jay Turner-Gardner, Infection Control Specialist Nurse for Trafford General Hospital, presented a case study at the Infection Prevention Society annual conference on how the hospital has abandoned its use of plastic washbowls in favour of a single-use, medical pulp based system.
 
Accelerated hydrogen peroxide cleaning agent helps combat norovirus outbreaks
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 13 November, 2007
Oxivir from JohnsonDiversey has been proven to be highly effective against norovirus and other infections including MRSA, E Coli, SARS, Hepatitis C.
 
Alcohol rub is formulated to protect against flu
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 09 November, 2007
JohnsonDiversey’s SoftCare Med is an effective alcohol hand rub that is proven to protect against contagious bacteria, fungi and viruses including flu.
 
New single-use measuring jug measures prevents infection and cuts costs
Infection control : 06 November, 2007
A new single-use measuring jug has been launched by Vernacare that is designed to prevent infection, save nursing time and also cut costs.
 
Improved disinfection formulation helps combat contamination
Cleaning and disinfecting equipment : 01 November, 2007
Anachem has introduced an improved formulation of MicroSol 3+ to provide disinfection of pipettes and surfaces, and other small instruments, with proven efficacy against bacteria, fungi, yeasts, DNA and more.
 
Cardinal Health introduce MRSA Scoreboard to give hospital-wide MRSA monitoring
Infection control : 30 October, 2007
Cardinal Health has introduced a new service to help hospitals combat methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections that are responsible for an estimated 94,000 life-threatening conditions and 18,650 deaths annually in the USA.
 
Rapid result gram positive microbiology tests receive FDA clearance
Microbiology test equipment : 09 October, 2007
Dade Behring has received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use of its MicroScan Synergies plus Gram-positive panels.
 
Aethlon Medical to collaborate on bird flu research
Infection control : 27 September, 2007
Aethlon Medical is to begin research studies to test the in vitro effectiveness of the Aethlon Hemopurifier to capture H5N1 Avian Influenza.
 
Delhi based Fortis Hospital receives Aethlon Medical’s Hemopurifier shipments
Infection control : 05 September, 2007
Aethlon Medical has shipped Hemopurifier treatment cartridges to support a clinical study to be conducted at the Fortis Hospital in Delhi, India.
 
Birmingham's Royal Orthopaedic Hospital plans to use silver antimicrobial technology to combat MRSA
Infection control : 14 August, 2007
The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham has purchased a number of products designed with silver antimicrobial technology that can help reduce the presence of ′superbugs’ such as MRSA.
 
US MRSA survey indicates major problems
Infection control : 28 June, 2007
The USA’s first nationwide study of the prevalence of MRSA has shown that MRSA is eight times more prevalent than previously thought.
 
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