Infection Control

Finding pest activity in healthcare facilities

Environmental services departments need to be aware when pests are present


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


MRSA outbreak at UC Irvine hospital undisclosed for months

Outbreak sickened 10 critically ill infants over eight months


DC VA inspection reveals dirty sterile storage

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


Site-specific pest management plan recommended

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


Conducting effective infection control surveillance

Infection preventionists urged to 'pick their battles'


Robot disinfects ORs in two minutes

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


Fighting Candida auris fungal infection

Cases of rare yeast superbug are on the rise


Surprise inspection finds improper linen storage at Pittsburgh healthcare facility

Inspection of UPMC Shadyside hospital also revealed ventilation problems


Md. hospital NICU reopens after investigation of Pseudomonas bacteria

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


Roaches found (again) in New Orleans care facility

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals previously reported problems


Study says clean scopes can sit for more than two weeks

Current guidelines say time should be limited to 14 days


Linen storage issues found at UPMC Shadyside

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


System uses bacteria to purify water

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


Hygiene matters on World Health Day and beyond

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


Pa. healthcare facility cited for using dirty scope

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


Detroit hospitals submit correction plans after inspection

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


Hospital installs bacteria-fighting operating room light fixtures

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


Biopesticide could defeat bed bugs' insecticide resistance

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


Day-specific colored bedding used to improve hygiene

Color-coding can help ensure a sanitation plan is followed


Cutting risk of water-borne infections

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


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

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


Course offered on planning for biosafety environments

Course aims to revolutionize the design, construction, management and delivery of environments where infectious disease needs to be controlled


Commercial laundries lauded for safety

Op-ed says commercial laundries serve hospitals safely and effectively


Topeka VA battling bed bugs

Patients from the psychiatric recovery and wellness program on the building's first floor were relocated


Kansas healthcare facility hires infection-fighting robot

Olathe Medical Center uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms


Few nursing homes use isolation procedures to control superbugs' spread

Skipping isolation precautions may place other residents at risk


Green cleaning's effect on indoor air quality

Look for products that are green certified by at least two certification organizations


Tips for reducing exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases

Prevention measures include the proper handling and disposing of linens and wastes


Is healthcare cleaning a special case?

Many companies offer specialist cleaning and hand hygiene solutions for the healthcare sector


New prevention methods for Clostridium difficile on a horizon

Prevention relies partially on infection control efforts


Hospital floors often overlooked when it comes to infection control

Floors in patient rooms are often contaminated with health care-associated pathogens


Manufacturer changing how sinks work in hospitals

It has no faucet, knobs or levers and is designed to reduce splashing


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution


Full-scale patient room mock-ups help designer see flaws

Patient-care scenarios can be simulated to make sure the design provides an workable space and healing environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Study says healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens

Many items in patient rooms can come in contact with the floor, and germs can spread to hands


Many hands: Team building may boost hand washing

Study suggests a cohesive team will have improved compliance


Patient room floors, sinks could be contaminated with bacteria

Infection risks may be overlooked by infection control efforts


Hospital floors may be spreading germs more easily than believed

Germs can move quickly from floors to high-touch surfaces


Study explores superbugs found in healthcare facility sinks

Bacteria spreads from drainpipes to patients in stages


Big Data can support infection control

Healthcare facilities can use Real Time Location Systems to track visits to hand hygiene stations


Innovations curbing healthcare facility infections

Lighting and antibacterial surfaces helping to reduce harmful microrganisms


Flint healthcare facility ordered a second time to address Legionella issues

Michigan health officials told McLaren Flint Hospital to correct conditions to reduce the presence of bacteria


Lawsuit linking sixth death to UPMC mold names third facility

A third wrongful death lawsuit was filed in connection to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center mold outbreak


Antimicrobial surfaces can support HAI prevention

The antimicrobials used for solid surfaces include copper and silver


UV cleaning technology manufacturers discuss key issues

UV disinfection technology can supplement manual surface cleaning by killing persistent pathogens


Maintaining hospital air isolation rooms

Room needs to be well sealed to prevent excess air leakage



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