Infection Control - November 2016

Focusing on infection control in the emergency department

Some EDs are making contributions to their facilities' HAI prevention efforts

11/30/2016


Designers rethink hospital gowns

New gown design includes antibacterial element

11/30/2016


Duke testing robot-nurse

The robot is being developed through a collaboration between Duke’s School of Engineering and School of Nursing students and staff

11/29/2016


Pomona hospital employees fear patients are being sickened by dirty conditions

Employees of one of San Gabriel Valley’s largest hospitals say management has ignored situation

11/28/2016


Reducing HAIs in long-term care facilities

Long-term care facilities should implement an infection-control training model that addresses issues staff members encounter on a daily basis, according to an article on the Long-term Living website

11/28/2016


2017 top medical tech hazards listed

ECRI Institute names potential infection hazards

11/28/2016


WHO says Zika no longer an international public health emergency

Zika and associated complications still a significant challenge

11/23/2016


Air curtains may be tool in the fight against Zika

Air movement is known to be effective in disrupting insect flight

11/23/2016


WHO recommends ways to stop surgical infections

In the U.S., surgical infections contribute to patients spending more than 400,000 extra days in hospital

11/22/2016


Infectious brain disease confirmed at Maine hospital

Portland hospital suspends elective surgeries in order to sterilize its surgical equipment and facilities

11/21/2016


Infection control problems tied to Hep. C outbreak

Researchers say 2013 N.D. nursing home outbreak caused by lapses

11/21/2016


Tropical bed bug making a comeback

For the first time in 60 years, a tropical bed bug has been confirmed in Florida

11/17/2016


Soiled linens could carry C. diff, study shows

In the dirty areas, 23 percent tested positive for C. diff

11/16/2016


Report shows hospitals still struggling with deadly infections

But Wallowa Memorial Hospital reports that in 2015 they had no incidences of most bacterial infections associated with a hospital stay and just one case of the most dangerous.

11/15/2016


Nevada hospital installs bacteria-fighting OR light fixtures

Henderson Hospital install lights that continuously disinfect the environment

11/15/2016


Superbug outbreak costs an NHS hospital one million pounds

Imperial College London scientists assessed a 10-month outbreak of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteria

11/15/2016


Soiled linens may cause environmental contamination

New study suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile contamination

11/14/2016


Will overtime laws affect infection control measures?

Donning and doffing procedures may be about to change

11/14/2016


Using copper to fight infection

Researchers have discovered that copper alloys destroy MRSA, norovirus and other pathogens

11/14/2016


Bacterial outbreak likely linked to infants’ deaths at Md. hospital

Prince George’s Hospital Center closed its NICU for the second time in a few months

11/11/2016


First cases of deadly fungal infection reported in U.S.

In June, the CDC issues a warning to hospitals about the deadly yeast infection

11/11/2016


Cleanliness: Analyzing HCAHPS' Question 8

With the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) reporting mandate in place, the subject of cleanliness has become even more important

11/10/2016


Addressing healthcare-associated infections with modern hand-hygiene practices

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.

11/10/2016


Keys for an effective infection preventionist

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.

11/10/2016


Hospital shines a black light on hand washing

A Glo Germ demonstration showed staff just how good a job they did washing their hands

11/7/2016


Scrubs may help spread germs to patients

The spots most likely to be contaminated were sleeves and pockets

11/3/2016


Norfolk hospital fighting infection with copper-infused linens

More hospitals are using copper in bed linens, patient gowns and countertops

11/1/2016



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