As the summer winds down, ICCS has summarized 10 of the most significant stories published on infection prevention and control in August 2016.
To Cover or Not to Cover: Surgical Attire in the Operating Room(ICCS Special Report) — On August 4, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) released a statement on professional attire for surgeons in and out of the operating room. Aspects of the statement have created significant confusion among hospital and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff.
AORN Responds to ACS Statement on Surgical Attire(published by AORN) — The ACS statement on operating room attire stimulated discussion in the perioperative nursing community. In response to numerous calls from members and nonmembers, AORN reviewed the ACS statement in detail, and provided information to guide all perioperative team members in their desire and commitment to provide high quality safe patient care.
Outbreaks Associated With Duodenoscopes: New Challenges and Controversies(published in Medscape) — Recent outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae related to duodenoscopes have resulted in new regulations. This review, summarizes findings from recent duodenoscope-related outbreaks, highlight what is known about the risk of transmission from these devices and discuss controversies about current recommendations to prevent transmission.
Zika Virus Spreads to Miami Beach, Prompting Warnings (published by ICCS) — As the fear of Zika virus infections continues to plague Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on August 19 that "pregnant women should not travel to an area of Miami Beach where local Zika virus transmission has been confirmed."
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