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Didn't Wash Hands alarm, Gary Larson — The Far Side

“Didn’t Wash Hands” Alarm

Our friends at the CDC created a helpful website about hand washing, which is worth the time to read through. I particularly …

The Golden Chain of Homer

Somatic Piercing

Nick completed his Masters degree at the Ohio State University in Somatic and Cultural Studies in 2002. His final project, “Somatic Piercing: The Art and Ritual of Body Piercing” portrays his experiences in body rituals as well as illuminates other piercers’ views on the matter.

No Holes Barred: A Piercee's Point of View

No Holes Barred: A PIERCEE’S POINT OF VIEW Article

You are a pierced woman, he said, looking into my eyes and smiling.
I lifted my head so that I could take a peek: Brian Skellie, my piercer, had successfully stabbed me with a needle so I could wear a silver ring with a hematite stone on my navel.

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Sacred cows in infection control

SSI Prevention: Evidence-Based Practices Replace Lingering “Sacred Cows’ in the OR
This report explores the prevention of surgical site infections (SSIs) within the context of evidence-based practices replacing “sacred cows” in the operating room. It focuses on the critical practice of preoperative hair removal.

When Thomas Paine noted in 1776 that, “A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right,” he could not have imagined that he was describing a current tug-of-war that still exists in some operating rooms today.

Association of Professional Piercers International Relations

APP Conference soon!

  CONFERENCE IS ALMOST UPON US! THE CONFERENCE ADVANCED (ONLINE) REGISTRATION WILL SHUT DOWN AT MIDNIGHT ON MAY 17TH, PST ANY CHANGES TO YOUR REGISTRATION SHOULD …

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Semmelweis

Perhaps if he was more diplomatic and better demonstrated his hypothesis he would have had a better response from his colleagues

Congress Poster

Brasil 2nd Congress

Brian Skellie at the 2ND Educational Congress for Professional Body Piercers in Brasil

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Wiping the Surface Clean

“To wipe the slate clean is to forget all past problems or mistakes and start something again. That is what wiping a surface is all about – to get rid of the past and start anew.” S.M.Kovach

November 9-11, 2012 educational event, Stockholm SE

Open Workshop SE

Brian Skellie shared piercing techniques at the Open Workshop in Stockholm SE November 9-11, 2012

Sterile tray and drape options

Maintaining a Sterile Field

Why use a non-sterile dental bib when there are safer sterile options that are proven moisture barriers? Options and discussion.

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Hand Hygiene — NEJM

Hand Hygiene in the New England Journal of Medicine Complete with interesting video Hand Hygiene Yves Longtin, M.D., Hugo Sax, M.D., Benedetta …

Working with a Statim autoclave

Working with a STATIM autoclave

Brian Skellie introduced STATIM autoclaves to our industry in the 1990’s, and hundreds of professionals have come to work with them over the years. Statim autoclaves have fully validated fast sterilization cycles, which makes them ideal for sterilizing jewelry and all the items as needed for each piercing as well as the routine wrapped items every studio needs. In this class we will explore how they should be handled in our daily routine.

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Statim misconceptions

STATIM in the old APP Procedure Manual The wrong impression? Important sterilization facts Correcting the misunderstanding: STATIM in the old APP Procedure …

Selected freehand piercings

Here is a look at a few recent piercings I performed during an exhibition for colleagues in New England. I really enjoy sharing ideas and techniques as a guest of my peers. My goal is an atraumatic aseptic technique: Primum non nocere

Someone has addressed the APIC and FDA concerns about sterile antiseptic for surgical skin preparation

Skin antiseptics for piercing preparation

I like the idea of a single non-staining, non-toxic agent that Techni-Care represented for skin preparation, and have been trying other options. Here is some further information, a fun presentation, and some links