Stopping Healthcare-Associated Infections

Stethoscope01.28.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

How often do you disinfect the noncritical surfaces in your medical facility? How often should you? The CDC classifies noncritical surfaces as surfaces “…that come in contact with intact skin but not mucous membranes.” Further, these surfaces are broken down into two groups: patient-care items and environmental surfaces.

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The Problems With Biofouling

Water reverse osmosis filter system 01.21.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Reverse Osmosis systems and other membrane water filtration systems can be very effective in the water purification process. Reverse Osmosis is widely known for its use in desalination or removing salt dissolved in water, as well as its use in creating process water for dialysis machines. According to Anne Helmenstine, Ph.D, these machines work by applying pressure to force a concentrated water solution, or water that has bacteria, salt, or other foreign bodies dissolved in it, through a membrane.

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

Human body diagram with gut bacteria01.15.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

When you take a bite of your deli sandwich, you are consuming all kinds of bacteria. From the delicious bleu cheese crumbles, to the chicken and veggies, it’s like a salad of microbes too. There are also bacteria living inside of you. In our series “The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of?” we learned a lot about how there are good kinds of bacteria (or normal flora) and bad bacteria (or pathogens) all living inside of us. The normal flora will help to ensure good health and to keep our bodies functioning appropriately. Pathogenic microbes, however, have a more detrimental goal: to try to make you sick. Now that you have finished your lunch, the microbes in that newly masticated sandwich are making their journey to meet the microbes living in your gut, which is where the battle to maintain that good health may begin.

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The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of? Part 3

Colony of bacteria01.07.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

In part 2 of our series “The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of?” we explored how humans are comprised of both good and bad bacteria, and that depending on the circumstance, these organisms can make you ill or help your body function properly. There is a lot more research to be conducted in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and general medicine; namely, such attendant research will combat harmful microorganisms in order to discover why some diseases occur.

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