Safe Surgery Saves Lives

Three central problems in surgical safety: Unrecognized as a public health issue Lack of data on surgery and outcomes Failure to use existing safety know-how Problem 1: Unrecognized as a public health issue¬† Known surgical complications of 3-16% Known death rates of 0.4-0.8% At least 7 million disabling complications, including 1 million deaths- worldwide each …

A Review of Isolation Gowns

The threat of emerging infectious diseases including Ebola hemorrhagic fever, pandemic influenza, avian influenza, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and SARS has highlighted the need for effective personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect healthcare workers (HCWs), patients, and visitors. PPE is a critical component in the hierarchy of controls used to protect HCWs from infectious hazards. …