Infection Control

Hospital-based sleep labs moving toward disposables

Shift linked to increased focus on hospital infection control

1/18/2018


CDC back-burners nuclear war prep to focus on the flu epidemic

Briefing on preparation for nuclear war postponed

1/17/2018


State judge denies link between forced-air warming and infection

Minnesota lawsuits that allege that the Bair Hugger forced-air warmer caused deep joint infections are dismissed

1/17/2018


Joint Commission will now cite individual hand-hygiene failures

Hand hygiene is widely considered to be the most important intervention for preventing hospital-acquired infections

1/17/2018


Legionnaires’ risk can't be eliminated at Illinois VA home

13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy healthcare facility

1/16/2018


How hospitals safely dispose of infectious fluid waste

Proper waste disposal practices are a crucial part of a safe working environment

1/15/2018


Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

Portland Business Journal named Samaritan Albany General Hospital the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016

1/12/2018


Fresno VA facility tested for Legionnaires'

Residents, staff and visitors at the Veterans Home are getting bottled water

1/12/2018


Recent and ongoing outbreaks listed

Regions of the United States have experienced outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in recent months

1/11/2018


Most US cooling towers contain Legionella bacteria

Study finds Legionella bacteria is percent in 84 precent of towers

1/9/2018


Remembering Ebola two years later

Are healthcare facilities prepared for another outbreak?

1/8/2018


New Orleans healthcare facility deploys infection-fighting robots

The robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms

1/8/2018


Infections are common in nursing homes, punishment is not

Repeat citations are common, fines are rare

1/8/2018


London Hospital allows horse to visit patient before Christmas

Horse's box was parked in an ambulance bay and the horse rode the elevator up 13 floors

1/4/2018


Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

From July to October 2015, the infection control team identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB.

1/4/2018


Belfast children's hospital cited for water safety problems

A series of failings have been uncovered at Northern Ireland's regional children's hospital

1/4/2018



Study says thinking about germs makes people concerned about their appearance

Findings suggest that the possibility of contagion activates the 'behavioral immune system'

1/3/2018


Nashville VA deploys germ-zapping robots

Studies have found the VA to be more aggressive at controlling infection rates than other large hospital systems

12/29/2017


Eliminating the environment from the infection equation

Mother says she informed hospital staff of the boy's allergies

12/22/2017


UK healthcare facility admits health and safety failing after Legionnaires death

The Royal United Hospital has admitted to a breach of law

12/22/2017


AAP revises infection control guidelines for ambulatory settings

The guidelines include updates on issues including hand washing and cleaning and safety procedures

12/21/2017


Dealing with C. difficile in healthcare facilities

Newer technologies include dried hydrogen peroxide

12/21/2017


Nanotexturing on stainless steel creates bacteria-killing spikes

An electrochemical etching process creates a nanotextured surface

12/21/2017


Communicating the importance of good laundry practices in infection control

Healthcare textiles are a common factor in virtually every patient’s experience

12/18/2017


Infection preventionists' holiday wish list

System that encourages staff to wash their hands is on the list

12/14/2017


Smart bathroom design can curb spread of hospital infections

Many patients contract new illnesses from pathogens they contact during a hospital stay

12/14/2017


Vanderbilt recognized for excellence in infection prevention

VUMC is the first hospital system in the nation to receive the (APIC) Program of Distinction designation

12/12/2017


Infectious disease response guide for hospitals published

Paper’s main goal is to develop tools and strategies for prevention and management

12/6/2017


Study: C. diff mostly found in floor corners after disinfection

Study identifies sites where spores persist

11/30/2017


Door alarms can limit OR foot traffic

Excessive foot traffic can send contaminates into the sterile field

11/27/2017


Va hospital cancels elective surgeries after particles found on equipment

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Ottawa Hospital plans new unit for preemies

The renovations and expansion will provide more space, which will allow for single rooms

11/21/2017


Study finds copper surfaces in fitness and healthcare facilities reduce bacteria

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments

11/21/2017


Study: US hospitals' HAI risk down 22 percent

Results suggest that national efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections are succeeding

11/21/2017



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