May Celebrates National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

May Celebrates National Critical Care Awareness and Recognition Month

CRITICAL CARE

Critical care clinicians work a high-pressure job even in the best of times. Throw in a global pandemic and stress levels rise significantly — all the more reason for the annual celebration.

More Intensive Care Articles
How COVID-19 is Making the Case for Single-Use Bronchoscopes
Prevention Strategies
Becker’s Hospital Review explored bronchoscope reprocessing and cross-contamination issues in a recent feature story. It’s an important issue to probe, especially now.
CHEST Guidelines for Bronchoscopy During COVID-19 Pandemic
Best Practices
'In such a kinetic milieu, these can be expected to evolve based on an expanding evidence base, the public health burden of disease, and the availability of trained personnel or medical infrastructure,' the authors of the guidelines write.
More From Single-Use Endoscopy
More safety precautions needed in sterile processing departments based on splash study.

Preventing Infection

Manual cleaning of medical devices not only soaks workers at the sink, it also sends potentially contaminated droplets more than seven feet away, showing a need for better controls, new research shows.

A high-level disinfection (HLD) auditing program can make all the difference when it comes to compliance.

Best Practices

Key departments, including endoscopy, significantly improved compliance with the implementation of an auditing program.

New AORN guidelines for reprocessing flexible endoscopes are designed to be achievable and to represent what is optimal.

Preventing Infection

AORN has issued four new guidelines for processing flexible endoscopes calling for improved communication with decontamination staff, more rigorous testing before sterilization or HLD and more thorough drying procedures.