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4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 F rom biological indicators to sterilization containers, here's a breakdown of the latest weapons you can add to your bug- busting arsenal as part of a bundled approach for reducing the risk of surgical site infections (SSIs). 1 Rapid readout technology. There is now a 30- minute biological indi- cator (BI) for all Sterrad (hydrogen per- oxide gas plasma) sterilizers. Until now, the only approved BI couldn't be read for 24 hours. However, with the Sterrad Velocity, it is now feasible to hold the sterilized load until the BI is read, says Luci Perri, RN, BSN, MSN, MPH, CIC, FAPIC, founder and president of Infection Control Results, based in North Carolina. The BI is compati- ble with all features of the Sterrad sterilizer, including a touchscreen reader with results that can be sent directly to a computer, she adds. 2 Nasal decolonization. The practice of nasal decolonization using a topical antibiotic in specific patient populations has been largely replaced with non-antibiotic nasal antiseptics that to date have not shown any antimicrobial resistance, says Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, president of Infection Control Consulting Services. "They're fast acting, have a persistence that lasts for several hours Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief 5 Innovations in Infection Control The latest products and practices to help you bust those bugs. • 30-MINUTE BI The Sterrad Velocity biological indicator (BI) system from Advanced Sterilization Products.

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