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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 …

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.

Semmelweis

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

Useful information on antimicrobial cleaning agents

useful info on antimicrobials

http://www.fightgermsnow.com/ A useful collection of scientific studies on antimicrobial use in clinical and home settings.

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