Infection Control - October 2016

Sinks added to fight infections can make the problem worse

Some sinks have been linked to the spread of dangerous bacteria

10/31/2016


Copper healthcare facility surfaces can help fight infections

A new study says antimicrobial copper can minimize pathogens in hospital rooms

10/31/2016


Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces may help fight antibiotic resistance

Replacing frequently-touched surfaces with antimicrobial copper equivalents — teamed with good hygiene practices —could help address both the environmental spread of contamination and the rise of antibiotic resistance

10/28/2016


Rural hospitals lead in infection prevention

New research also suggests rural providers are ahead on care coordination

10/28/2016


UV air purification linked to lower sepsis rates

An ultraviolet air sterilizer can reduce infection rates in cardiac surgery patients

10/27/2016


Detroit Medical Center's correction plan for sterilization issues approved

The plan includes using a perioperative improvement council and task force to oversee improvement actions

10/26/2016


New bacteria strain requires effective healthcare facility cleaning

Rigorous cleaning standards can help to prevent spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

10/26/2016


Automating a reprocessing department

Automation can increase efficiency without cutting corners or skipping steps

10/26/2016


HLAC encourages healthcare laundries to be proactive to break the chain of infection

Healthcare laundry providers to build a relationship with their customers' infection preventionists

10/25/2016


Study says UV light cuts C. diff by 25 percent

Treating empty patient rooms can reduce infection rate in high-risk patients

10/20/2016


Specific heater-cooler linked to infections

CDC warning that one type of heater-cooler device could be spreading a serious bacterial infection

10/19/2016


Hospital bed history can create C. diff risk

If the previous patient receives antibiotics, it puts the next occupant at an increased risk

10/18/2016


Detroit Medical Center releases plans to correct infection control problems

U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services finds numerous issues with sterilization of instruments

10/17/2016


Healthcare infection forum focuses on devices and equipment

More attention urged to the role of medical devices and equipment in infection

10/14/2016


Hospital reopens NICU two months after bacteria discovered

Three babies tested positive for Pseudomonas bacterial infections in August

10/14/2016


Cooling towers may be linked to Legionnaires' outbreak

Minnesota Department of Health increased number of cases to 23

10/13/2016


High C. diff infection rates at teaching hospitals

Consumer Reports says only two teaching hospitals with at least 500 beds earned top prevention scores

10/10/2016


College's research finds copper helps reduce bacteria in hospitals

Researchers at Grinnell College say using a copper mix for all types of metal materials in hospital rooms can cut down on dangerous bacteria

10/10/2016


Detroit healthcare facility to hire consultant to oversee central sterile department improvements

As part of the Detroit Medical Center's deal with the state, it has agreed to hire a specialty consultant

10/7/2016


Ohio Hospital Association honored for infection reduction

Hand-hygiene monitoring by med students increases compliance

10/7/2016


Oxfordshire artists 'angry and disappointed' after wood carvings are rejected by hospital

Carvings failed to meet stringent infection control standards

10/6/2016


Despite contaminated heater-cooler devices, Washington hospital still blames Legionella on ice machine

Five patients in the University of Washington Medical Center's Cascade Tower have contracted Legionella infections and two have died

10/5/2016


Most recent UWMC patient with Legionella believed to have been exposed during an earlier hospitalization

Patient likely exposed prior to the discovery of the Legionella outbreak and before water restrictions and Legionella precautions were implemented

10/5/2016


A European perspective on healthcare laundry infection control (Part Two)

Barrier concept designed to prevent cross-contamination

10/5/2016


Storage bags fight inpatient infection

Storing equipment in breathable polypropylene mesh bags cuts infection rate

10/3/2016



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