Infection Control - June 2017

The truth about disinfectant contact time

More providers are moving closer to potential patients

6/30/2017


Study says healthcare facilities need pet therapy guidelines to limit infection

Without proper policies, pet associated infection risks may outweigh any benefits

6/29/2017


Patients at Md. medical center may be infected by improperly cleaned equipment

A piece of the endoscopy equipment had a defect that may have prevented it from being properly disinfected

6/29/2017


Adding a UV disinfection system to a healthcare cleaning routine

There are specific steps to creative an effective system

6/28/2017


U.S. Airmen may have been exposed to HIV, hepatitis due to contaminated scopes

135 patients were treated with improperly sterilized endoscopes at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar

6/27/2017


Study finds airborne pathogens live for 45 minutes

Queensland researchers have developed technique to study how some pathogens can spread

6/26/2017


Widow sues Olympus over scope-related superbug outbreak

Case is the first to go to trial in the U.S. stemming from a series of superbug outbreaks

6/26/2017


Tailored veterans home infection control cuts MRSA

Program led to a 64 percent reduction during first year

6/23/2017


Louisiana VA hospital cited for improper cleaning

OIG investigated the hospital's compounding pharmacy

6/23/2017


C. auris cases now number 156

The CDC raised case count from 122

6/23/2017



Two Legionnaires' case linked to hot tub at Florida senior facility

A third individual who showed signs of Legionnaires' disease later died, but his tests for the disease were negative

6/23/2017


Hospital floors are critical areas when it comes to cleaning

In rooms with a C. diff patient, floors were more likely to be contaminated with any of the three pathogens

6/23/2017


Deadly bacteria found in 37 percent of tested heater-cooler devices

CDC recommends hospitals notify patients who have had open-heart surgery in the last five years

6/22/2017


Study: Copper-impregnated surface has 80 percent reduction of contamination

The study examined the amount of microbial contamination on overbed tables

6/22/2017


Exam room cleaning is crucial

Nosocomial infections can occur at a doctor’s exam room

6/22/2017


Scope cleaning and sterilization processes leave instruments contaminated

Study finds sterilization process leaves instruments contaminated with debris, residue and bacteria

6/21/2017


APIC 2017 Film Festival winner highlights hand hygiene

Providence Health & Services Alaska as the winner of its seventh annual competition announced

6/20/2017


Interior design choices can support infection prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

6/19/2017


Antiseptic manufacturers help make sense of FDA rules

The American Cleaning Institute will help infection control experts understand the pending Food and Drug Administration decision

6/19/2017


Study says removing sinks from ICU cuts bacterial colonization

'Water-free' patient care can reduce the number of ICU patients colonized with gram-negative bacteria

6/19/2017


Whitepaper offers guidance on choosing the right disinfectant

"Researching the Right Disinfectant for Your Facility: Without Damaging Instruments or Surfaces" available on Infection Control Today website

6/16/2017


Calif. hospital closes surgical unit after mold is found in sink

Healthcare facility has no way to sterilize equipment

6/16/2017


Two infants develop Legionnaires' following water births

Two infants delivered in Arizona were diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease in early 2016

6/15/2017


Study examines disinfectants effect on C. diff

Researchers compare effectiveness of four products

6/13/2017


Too many Legionnaires' cases start in healthcare facilities, CDC says

After hotels, long-term care facilities and hospitals are the most common types of buildings associated with Legionnaires

6/12/2017


Focusing on surface contact in hand hygiene

The fifth moment of The World Health Organization's Five Moments for Hand Hygiene is the most overlooked

6/12/2017


Infection control in longterm care facilities

A proposed rule would make major changes to improve the care and safety in longterm care facilities or nursing homes that participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs

6/9/2017


Creating a superior washroom experience

Washrooms play a critical role in driving a positive perception of healthcare facilities

6/9/2017


Cool water as effective as hot for hand washing

New study found that cool water removes the same amount of harmful bacteria

6/5/2017


Yearlong survey tracks bacterial diversity in new hospital

Study focuses on the flow of microbes between patients, staff and surfaces

6/5/2017


Healthcare facilities review plans in response to Congo Ebola outbreak

Experts say healthcare providers should review their Ebola response plans now to avoid repeating past mistakes

6/2/2017


Hospital cleaning budget cuts blamed for superbug outbreak

The hospital has been forced to dramatically increase its cleaning budget

6/2/2017



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