Infection Control - April 2017

UPMC sued again for mold infection issue

Case is the seventh involving patients who died after contracting mold infections at UPMC hospitals

4/28/2017


Biofilm study found high contamination rates on dry hospital surfaces

Researchers collected samples from the hospitals after environmental cleaning procedures were done

4/27/2017


Virginia healthcare facility undergoes deep clean after bacterial infection outbreak

Six patients were infected with extended spectrum beta lactamase-producing Klebsiella

4/27/2017


Legionella risk management in cooling towers for protective care

Hospital buildings have multiple complex water systems, and since many people staying in hospitals already have a suppressed immune system due to illness, it greatly increases their risk for Legionella infection

4/26/2017


Anesthesia machine cover designed for OR infection control

Anesthesia machines may pose risk for exposure to pathogens

4/25/2017


DMC Children’s Hospital passes follow-up investigation

Michigan healthcare facility no longer in danger of losing federal funding

4/24/2017


Finding pest activity in healthcare facilities

Environmental services departments need to be aware when pests are present

4/24/2017


Infection control 'partnerships' spark concern that industry is leading science

Experts say we need to be sure that these practices and products are better and not just creating potential for further resistance

4/24/2017


MRSA outbreak at UC Irvine hospital undisclosed for months

Outbreak sickened 10 critically ill infants over eight months

4/21/2017


DC VA inspection reveals dirty sterile storage

$150 million in unaccounted for items and unavailable supplies was also found

4/20/2017


Site-specific pest management plan recommended

An integrated pest management plan can deal with pest issues before they become problems

4/20/2017


Conducting effective infection control surveillance

Infection preventionists urged to 'pick their battles'

4/18/2017


Robot disinfects ORs in two minutes

Abbreviated cycle time found to be enough for between-case surface cleaning

4/17/2017


Fighting Candida auris fungal infection

Cases of rare yeast superbug are on the rise

4/17/2017


Surprise inspection finds improper linen storage at Pittsburgh healthcare facility

Inspection of UPMC Shadyside hospital also revealed ventilation problems

4/17/2017


Md. hospital NICU reopens after investigation of Pseudomonas bacteria

The hospital invested more than $500,000 in a new water-treatment system

4/13/2017


Roaches found (again) in New Orleans care facility

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals previously reported problems

4/13/2017


Study says clean scopes can sit for more than two weeks

Current guidelines say time should be limited to 14 days

4/12/2017


Linen storage issues found at UPMC Shadyside

Surprise inspection uncovered clean and soiled linens were not stored according to standards

4/11/2017


System uses bacteria to purify water

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water

4/11/2017


Hygiene matters on World Health Day and beyond

Good hygiene is a joint effort that depends on hospital administrators and environmental services staff

4/11/2017


Pa. healthcare facility cited for using dirty scope

Crozer-Chester Medical Center allowed an improperly cleaned endoscope to be used in a surgical procedure

4/10/2017


Detroit hospitals submit correction plans after inspection

CMS conducted an unannounced inspection at three Detroit Medical Center hospitals in January

4/10/2017


Hospital installs bacteria-fighting operating room light fixtures

Lights reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection

4/7/2017


Biopesticide could defeat bed bugs' insecticide resistance

New compound is based on Beauveria bassiana, a natural fungus that causes disease in insects

4/6/2017


Day-specific colored bedding used to improve hygiene

Color-coding can help ensure a sanitation plan is followed

4/6/2017


Cutting risk of water-borne infections

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering suggests 10 steps to combat Legionella and other pathogens

4/4/2017


Tips for buying a whole-room disinfection system for an outpatient environment

Whole-room disinfection systems don't replace traditional cleaning methods

4/4/2017



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