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Joanna Litchfield Dodson

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In our digital age, information about COVID-19 infection control and misinformation about the PANDEMIC are spreading nearly as fast as the virus itself.

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on May 18, 2020 9:26:39 AM

For instance, fake tips on how to prevent or even cure Coronavirus (COVID-19) have gone viral and so have hoaxes aimed at spreading confusion. This pandemic has brought out a really clear picture of the kinds of things that tend to circulate in the misinformation ecosystem, generally, just more intensified and, obviously, with higher stakes. 

So SKLAR Instruments has compiled here the key primary reference sources to remove any doubt on how to best manage infection control in healthcare facilities from global health authorities the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization Rolling UpdateJohns Hopkins University Map of USA also has a great tracker which you can also view by World or City and a further section to review Critical Trends. The Federation of American Scientists have put together a very good website with the latest global and national news. Local health authorities are very important to inform on guidelines at the local level.

USA Government Tracker

MultiState COVID-19 Policy Tracker

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Topics: virus outbreak control, infection control, facts, cdc, covid19, coronavirus, world health org

Infection Control

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Feb 10, 2020 6:30:00 AM


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Topics: Care & Cleaning, virus outbreak control, infection control

Transporting Instruments For Processing

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Jan 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Within the last 3 years, JCAHO regulation states that all clinics that are under a Hospital or IDN system need to have a Clean room and a Decontamination room. If a clinic does not have both rooms, instruments will need to be transported to the closest hospital for processing. Instruments should be sprayed with enzymatic cleaner after the procedure and kept moist.  A foaming enzymatic will work well to attack the bio-burden and cover the instruments for transport.

Read more about the challenges and lessons in Building a New Central Sterile Processing Department in this article from Infection Control Today, written by William DeLuca Challenges & Lessons in Building a New Sterile Processing Dept

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Topics: Sterile Processing, Care & Cleaning, Sterile Disposables, Microbial Surface Contamination, Surgical Instruments, Patient Safety

Why is the Healthcare Industry Moving to Sterile Single-Use Solutions?

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Dec 27, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Over the last few decades, the rate of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has caused great safety and quality of care concern and placed infection prevention at the forefront of healthcare initiatives.

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Topics: Care & Cleaning, Sterile Disposables, econo-sterile, HAI compliance

Try the Pencil Eraser Test to determine stain or rust on your surgical instruments.

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Dec 19, 2019 2:21:00 PM

SKLAR TIP: Try the Pencil Eraser Test to determine stain or rust.

The next time you see a brown-orange color appear on an instrument, follow this tip on how to tell if it’s rust or a stain: use a standard pencil eraser to determine the source of discoloration. Rub the eraser into the mark, and take note of what happens next.

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Topics: Care & Cleaning, Surgical Instruments, rust stains, pencil eraser test, instrument stain

Cleaning Care of Box Joint, Screw & Ring Joint Instruments

Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Dec 12, 2019 12:51:09 PM

Cleaning Care of Box Joint and Screw Joint Instruments. When cleaned before sterilization instruments, box joint (e.g. Halstead mosquito hemostats, Kelly’s or Crile’s) and screw joint instruments (Mayo scissors, Iris scissors, Metzenbaum scissors) need to be opened to remove any bio burden from these areas.

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Topics: Care & Cleaning, Sterile Disposables, Surgical Instruments


Posted by Joanna Litchfield Dodson on Apr 5, 2019 9:24:48 AM

April 5th, 2019. West Chester, PA: Sklar Instruments is proud to announce that Philander Kelsey, formerly President, North America of Amsino International, California is joining Sklar Instruments as Senior Vice President of Sales.

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Topics: Insider, Sklar, Press Release