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Fall Allergy Advice – ACAAI

Don’t Let Allergies, Asthma Haunt Halloween Fun Halloween can be a frightful time for parents of kids with allergies and asthma. Nut-filled candy isn’t the only bogeyman that can ruin the fun. Allergy and asthma triggers can hide in other, unexpected places, too, from dusty costumes to leering jack-o-lanterns. Climate . . . Read more

Take Extra Precautions to Keep C. Diff Off Your Hands

Healthcare providers who treat patients colonized with Clostridium difficile may be carrying the spores on their hands even after wearing gloves and rubbing in alcohol-based hand sanitizers, according to French researchers. For a study published in the January issue of the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, they examined contamination . . . Read more

10 Things Your Organization Can Do Now to Improve Reprocessing

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) presents action steps that sterile processing departments can take to improve the quality of medical device and surgical instrument reprocessing: 1. The basics: Cleaning and disinfection/sterilization of reusable devices are separate, equally important processes and must be performed before each patient . . . Read more

Study Hand Dryers Can Spread Bacteria in Restrooms

LEEDS, England—Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered jet-air and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public restrooms. Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers. The study shows that both jet and . . . Read more