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Hand Washing vs. Hand Sanitizer in the Fight Against Norovirus

“What do bedbugs and norovirus have in common?  Well recent research has found that like norovirus, it may take only from one to 10 bugs to cause a full-blown infestation.  It is indeed that low infectious dose that also makes norovirus such a difficult bug to stop in its tracks and brought us recent headlines of 700 sick on one cruise ship alone.  

Unlike many viruses that need to gang up on a cell by way of a virus cloud, this extremely low infectious dose is paired with how much virus is shed in vomit or diarrhea. It is the perfect infectious storm able to overcome common everyday hand hygiene measures with ease and causing some 20 million cases of norovirus in the US annually and around 600 to 800 deaths. 



 
 
 

Campus News

CMS Proposes Changes to Emergency Preparedness for Medicare and Medicaid Providers
In late December of last year the Department of Health and Human Services issued proposals to change emergency preparedness requirements for all Medicare and Medicaid providers and suppliers. 

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Recalled Tracheal Tube Could be Deadly
A tracheal tube is a device inserted into a patient’s windpipe (trachea) through the nose or mouth and used to maintain an open airway.

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Vein Illumination: Guiding the Way to Successful Vascular Access
Obtaining successful vascular access, even in patients without significant co-morbidities, is a challenging task even for the most skilled or experienced nurse.  Dehydration, skin pigmentation, and patient non-compliance can add significant time or stick attempts to the vascular access procedure which may result in more drastic measures being taken such as placement of medically unnecessary peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC lines). 
 
Posted: 2/14/2014 9:58:06 AM

Total Parenteral Nutrition or TPN Administration and Education
I recently saw a post in a popular nurse’s forum for LVN’s and LPN’s that made me cringe! As an infusion therapy educator I am aware scenarios like this are common and wanted to address some of the issues I see with Total Parenteral Nutrition administration within long term care facilities.

The particular post I saw went something like this: Has anyone ever heard of having total parenteral nutrition (TPN) in long term care or has anyone discharged a patient to a long term care facility with TPN? Personally I think the fifteen minute inservice we got is an accident waiting to happen. No one where I work has a clue about it.  If anyone has any tips for me that would be great. Thanks.
 
Posted: 2/10/2014 2:49:57 PM

New Device for the Treatment of Bloodstream Infections
I recently came across a press release about a new product to help treat blood stream infections and remove pathogens from our banked blood supply. With the emergence of superbugs and the nasty antibiotic resistant bacteria we face today, I thought this device may be worth investigating.

The medical device company out of Berkley California ExThera Medical has reported success in independent laboratory studies that indicate the blood filtering device Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter can remove a broad range of pathogens and toxins from whole blood. 
 
Posted: 2/10/2014 1:06:19 PM
 
 
 
 

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   Souraya is a Registered and Certified Phlebotomy Technician who brings forth 18 years of experience, as well as, a Certified Instructor of CPR by the American Heart Association. Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, she now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has owned and operated The Right Touch Phlebotomy Training since 2009. She is a single mother of three, currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and maintains a full-time position managing a home health care agency office. Her entire medical career has been spent helping to teach and train others in developing their skills and customer service values. Her passion is teaching and helping and in her own words she is, “honored to be a part of your learning experience."  
 
 
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