Environmental Services - March 2015

Hospital reschedules surgeries due to dust on supplies

Light fixtures were recently cleaned in the instrument storage space

3/30/2015


Cleaning duties 'not always clear' between nurses and EVS

A lack of clarity identified by NHS infection control inspectors in Scotland

3/26/2015


Improving healthcare disinfecting practice

Barriers to overcome include germs' invisibility, staff concerns about disinfectant safety and damage to surfaces

3/26/2015


Antimicrobial limitations Q&A

In a recent Q&A on the FacilityCare website, the limitations of antimicrobial products is discussed

3/26/2015


Consistent cleaning and disinfection protocols creates safe patient environment

Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and shared equipment is an important step in preventing the spread of dangerous pathogens

3/25/2015


Senior living facilities customize laundry operations

Presbyterian Senior Living's 29 communities customize laundry based on the demographics of the residents and the constraints of a particular campus

3/24/2015


Florida hospital responds to mold discovery

UF Health Shands in Gainsville finds mold in patient bathroom

3/19/2015


Improve patient ratings with a motivated ES staff

One-on-one coaching with staff members helps boast patient satisfaction

3/19/2015


Paint creates self-cleaning surface

Coating can be applied to clothes, paper, glass and steel and when combined with adhesives, maintains its self-cleaning properties after being wiped, scratched with a knife and scuffed with sandpaper

3/16/2015


When to use low-moisture carpet cleaning

Low-moisture carpet typically refers to a method that uses no water or a very moderate amount of water

3/11/2015


Addressing flu and pneumonia at skilled nursing facilities

The only way to prevent an outbreak is by addressing all three primary transmission vectors at once: airborne pathogens, surface contact and person-to-person contact

3/10/2015


Study says germs lurking in waiting rooms

There's an increased risk of developing flu-like infections after a visit to the doctor's office

3/10/2015


Setting new standards for healthcare cleaning

There is a lack of conclusive evidence that previously suggested food-service levels of contamination relate to the prevention of healthcare-associated infections

3/2/2015



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