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
Even though some consider disposable gowns lighter and more breathable, they may not offer needed protection.

Patient Safety

Disposable gowns worn by thousands of healthcare workers across the U.S. and beyond may not be up to the job of infection prevention, according to new research.

Prevention Strategies

“If it looks dirty, it’s definitely dirty. If it looks clean, it might still be dirty” — a recent webinar explains this critical insight and more regarding recently mandated cleaning verification tests for high-risk endoscopes.

Infection preventionisists have insights to offer in the world of endoscope reprocessing.

Patient Safety

Job descriptions for IPs are starting to include oversight of the endoscope disinfecting process and that could be a big step toward improved patient and clinician safety.