INTRODUCTION Cystoscopy is one of the most commonly performed procedures in the urology office setting, and is an invaluable tool in identifying lower urinary tract pathology. The development of flexible endoscopic technology has allowed the procedure to be performed using flexible instrumentation, which reduces patient discomfort and allows the procedure to be performed in the […]

Essential Elements of a Reprocessing Program for Flexible Endoscopes – Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee

Leadership of the healthcare organization or practice setting where flexible endoscopes are used and/or reprocessed is accountable for:a.Allocating sufficient human and material resources to ensure that the selection, use, and reprocessing of endoscopes and related accessories are managed in a manner that minimizes infection risk and supports patient and healthcare worker safety.b.Supporting and empowering the […]

What are blood-borne viruses

What are blood-borne viruses Blood-borne viruses (BBVs) are viruses that some people carry in their blood and can be spread from one person to another. Those infected with a BBV may show little or no symptoms of serious disease, but other infected people may be severely ill. You can become infected with a virus whether […]

Since October 2013, the murine norovirus (MNV) has been included as test virus (efficacy testing of hand disinfectants) in the EN 14476

Hygiene measures in case of noroviruses Noroviruses trigger acute inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and occur worldwide, mainly during the winter months from November to April. Hygiene measures – especially hand disinfection – must be carried out consistently to prevent and control their spread. Noroviruses are nonenveloped viruses that require particularly powerful disinfectants. Infection, symptoms […]

Deadly plague epidemic rages in Madagascar

An epidemic of the deadliest form of plague, pneumonic, has hit major cities and towns in Madagascar and is spreading fast. As of 7 October, the Madagascar Health Ministry reported that 343 people had been infected and 42 died, and numbers are rising rapidly. A massive response is underway, and the World Health Organization (WHO) […]