Infection Control - July 2016

Focusing on interiors and exteriors in healthcare environments

Designers talk about the mutually supportive role interior and exterior spaces play

7/29/2016


Minimizing traffic during surgery lowers infection rate

New study finds a connection between surgical site infections and how often the OR door is opened during a procedure

7/26/2016


Strategies to increase hand-hygiene compliance

A recent study found compliance rate higher with monitoring by infection prevention nurses

7/25/2016


CDC investigates Zika case not transmitted by mosquito, sexual contact

A family member of the first Zika-related death in the U.S. has contracted the virus

7/22/2016


A healthcare facilities manager's role in infection control

There are key areas that should be monitored

7/19/2016


Cleaning healthcare facilities' 'grey zone' cuts infection risk

'Grey zones' are areas commonly glossed over in the cleaning process

7/18/2016


Strengthening an infection control protocol

Many factors are involved in effectively combating hospital-acquired infections

7/15/2016


Electronic hand-hygiene monitoring reduces MRSA HAIs by 42 percent

Health system studied saved $434,000 by avoiding additional care costs

7/13/2016


C-Difficile dog sniffs out infection

Vancouver Coastal Health introduces a furry new aid in the battle against C-Difficile

7/11/2016


Is duodenoscope cross-contamination an outpatient facility risk?

Standard brushes used in scope reprocessing can't completely clean the crevices in scopes' elevator mechanisms

7/11/2016


FDA seeks data on hand sanitizer

Data is intended to help the agency ensure that regular use of these products does not present safety and efficacy concerns

7/8/2016


Elizabethkingia update: Original infection source remains unknown

Mystery surrounding the nature of the infection and the outbreak persist

7/7/2016


Study urges hospitals to step up cellphone cleaning

Study shows mobile devices used by hospital workers harbor viral RNA

7/6/2016


Second untreatable superbug infection found in US

Patient in New York infected with a strain of E. coli highly resistant to last-resort antibiotic treatments

7/6/2016


Johns Hopkins students improve Ebola protection suit

Mechanical engineering students develop prototypes for more comfortable hood and face mask and battery-powered system that lowers humidity

7/5/2016


Cincinnati hospital accused of skirting safety procedures

Former nurse at University of Cincinnati Medical Center has sued the hospital

7/1/2016


Experts say real data needed to affect hand-hygiene compliance

Technological solution urged for accuracy

7/1/2016


Do antibacterial building materials pose a health risk?

Scientists say more microbes are healthier than fewer microbes in a space

7/1/2016



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