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Understanding Hospital-Acquired Infections

Having a patient diagnosed with a hospital-acquired infection after being admitted to the hospital or soon after discharge is more common than you may think. According to the CDC, about 1 in 31 hospital patients contract a hospital-acquired infection on any given day. Hospital-acquired infections, also known as healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), are infections that patients…

Answering Common Questions about Chlorhexidine Gluconate

If you’ve seen Surgilube® Sterile Surgical Lubricant, chances are you’ve noticed “CONTAINS: Chlorhexidine Gluconate” on the packaging. You may be wondering what chlorhexidine gluconate is, and why we use it in our formula. Let’s take a look at chlorhexidine gluconate and answer some common questions. What is Chlorhexidine Gluconate? Chlorhexidine gluconate, or CHG, was discovered…

Reducing Unsatisfactory Pap Tests with a Carbomer-Free Lubricant

Pap tests were introduced in the 1940s and have been the greatest contributor to the overall decline in cervical cancer, reducing deaths by 70 percent over the last 50 years. Pap tests collect cells from the cervix to look for precancer or cell changes that could become cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is most frequently diagnosed…

Surgilube® Turns 90!

Surgilube®, the #1 surgical lubricant, turns 90 years old this year. The Day Chemical Company first trademarked Surgilube® as a Surgical Lubricating Jelly back in 1932. Since then, the brand has become the most sought after and renowned surgical lubricant in the medical community. Surgilube is a premium lubricant used to ease discomfort when inserting…

Strategies to Improve Infection Prevention and Control

Infection prevention and control is a top priority for acute care hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient faculties, and long-term care facilities across the country. What is Infection Prevention and Control? The CDC refers to infection prevention and control as the practice of preventing or stopping the spread of infections in a healthcare setting. Having a…

A Guide to Women’s Reproductive Health Management in an Effort to Reduce Cervical Cancer

In the realm of cancer and cancer treatment, the good news is that the rates of cervical cancer are down in the United States, however, the rates in developing nations are still staggeringly high. While this is not good news for those in developing nations, yet, the good news is that the tactics and efforts…

Impact of Carbomer-based Lubricants on the ThinPrep® Pap Test

The Thin Prep® Pap test by HOLOGIC® relies on filtration technology to remove interfering substances and non-diagnostic material from the Pap sample. This filtration technology also is responsible for collecting a sufficient amount of diagnostic material from the sample and transferring it onto the slide, creating a representative monolayer of cells the ThinPrep® Pap test…

The Use of Medical Lubricant in Forensic Sexual Assault Exams: A Review of Clinical Best Practice

Following the allegation of rape or sexual assault, it is common practice to have a rape-kit collected to aid in the prosecution of the perpetrator. Over the last few decades, accepted best practice has changed quite a bit. And, to help providers keep up with the changes, in today’s post, we will take the time…

Making Digital Disimpaction as Comfortable as Possible: Caring For Your Patients

Digital disimpaction, also referred to as digital fecal evacuation, manual fecal removal, manual evacuation, or rectal clear is probably one of the most uncomfortable procedures for patients and one of the least favored tasks of medical providers. Removing impacted feces is embarrassing for both parties and one of the few procedures that is difficult to…

Avoiding Contamination: Common Ways We Cross-Contaminate and How to Avoid It

As the medical profession advances, as does the awareness of cross-contamination and where germs are harbored. It is important to understand that bacteria and viruses are not the only things that are transferred from surface to surface and patient to patient. Food particles, medications or medical products, fibers, pests, and other substances can also be…