Previously, John Charles Gerancher worked as a professor of anesthesiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. J.C. Gerancher has received such honors as the Golden Apple Award, the H. Barrie Farley Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Best Doctors in America designation.
A French study recently discovered that many reusable medical items house contaminants. When researchers examined samples taken from pulse oximeters and electrocardiogram cables, researchers found that more than 50 percent of the analyzed materials tested positive for microbial contamination. Though the analysis identified no drug-resistant pathogens among the microbes uncovered, the study highlights the potential need to improve decontamination procedures.
Researchers from New York conducted a similar study published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia. This study found contamination rates roughly equal to those reported in the French study, but the New York researchers documented lower contamination rates when medical personnel were conscious of being monitored.