Are you Making your Patients Sick?

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Human error and equipment failure can happen, but a system of redundant checks and balances in an effective patient safety system can mitigate bad outcomes if they occur. Using contaminated instruments can have a devastating effect on health, and for this reason, reprocessing standards include multiple means (physical, chemical, and biological) to ensure instrument sterility. In the June 2013 issue …

IPAC lists Top 10 Deficiencies in infection prevention. Improve your reprocessing practices today!

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If you reprocess medical instruments in a community office*, the College’s Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) program has already inspected your office or will within the next two years. To date, IPAC has inspected 637 offices and has identified the 10 most common deficiencies: TOP 10 reprocessing deficiencies 10: Improper care of cleaning accessories (such as brushes) which themselves must …

Why don’t physicians clean their hands?

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Health care associated infections kill 8,000 to 12,000 Canadians a year. This number can be reduced by up to 50% with proper hand hygiene – the primary way to reduce healthcare-associated infections.1 However, many health professionals are not cleaning their hands when needed in clinical situations. In a province-wide review this past summer, healthcare workers demonstrated proper hand hygiene only …

For your patients, your families and yourself…get a flu shot!

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For many years, media have reported concerns about low rates of influenza vaccination among physicians. Statistics show less than 50 per cent of health care workers receive the flu vaccine each year. Have you been vaccinated? As a physician, you have an obligation to do what you can to protect the health of patients. This includes being vaccinated to ensure …