Surgeons Not Following Infection Control Procedures

November 17, 2008

This article recently came out showing that surgeon’s aren’t following guidelines in doing their part to minimize infections.

Alberta surgeons aren’t always following guidelines aimed at minimizing the risk patients will develop an infection as a result of their surgery, a new survey reveals.

And experts in infection control and health-care safety say the findings are probably reflective of surgical practice in other parts of the country as well.

“We have a long ways to go. It’s really hit or miss right now whether or noty ou’re going to get all these things done properly,”; said Marlies van Dijk, a nurse and leader of the Western Canada efforts of Safer Healthcare Now!, a campaign to promote practices that improve patient safety.

“We know that we ought to be doing better,” said Dr. Andrew Simor, head of microbiology at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

If you’re going in for surgery, print this page out and bring it to your doc and nurses.

A New Use for Sharpie’s

October 31, 2008
The Mighty Sharpie!

The Mighty Sharpie!

You know, those permanent markers that cost a couple of bucks?  Spend those couple of dollars for insurance purposes if you go into the hospital.  This article shows that the because the ink in Sharpies is alcohol based it stays clean of infection.  So here are some tips for using the Sharpie next time you go to a hospital:

  • If you’re having surgery on part of your body, mark it with the Sharpie as a reminder of where to cut.  Statements like, “This is the bad foot,” while sounding funny, are actually a good way of reminding the docs where to cut.
  • Writing a little note like, “Swab my port,” if you have an IV line or, “Wash your hands,” somewhere on your arm will remind a nurse or doc to wash up before they touch you.