Infection Control

Vanderbilt recognized for excellence in infection prevention

VUMC is the first hospital system in the nation to receive the (APIC) Program of Distinction designation


Infectious disease response guide for hospitals published

Paper’s main goal is to develop tools and strategies for prevention and management


Study: C. diff mostly found in floor corners after disinfection

Study identifies sites where spores persist


Door alarms can limit OR foot traffic

Excessive foot traffic can send contaminates into the sterile field


Va hospital cancels elective surgeries after particles found on equipment

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments


Ottawa Hospital plans new unit for preemies

The renovations and expansion will provide more space, which will allow for single rooms


Study finds copper surfaces in fitness and healthcare facilities reduce bacteria

Inova Fairfax Hospital found sandlike particles on sterilized surgical trays and instruments


Study: US hospitals' HAI risk down 22 percent

Results suggest that national efforts to prevent healthcare-associated infections are succeeding


DC VA cancels surgeries over concerns about surgical equipment

The surgical devices were discolored and may have been subjected to an overabundance of cleaning solution


Getting the “Full View”: Four critical building automation system considerations for healthcare executives

The building automation system (BAS) is the primary backbone for energy savings in a hospital


Vanderbilt University Medical Center deploying germ-killing robots

The medical center’s first inpatient area to utilize the germ-killing robots will be its burn center


Curbing Clostridium difficile with patient hand hygiene

A new study has found that increasing the patient’s involvement in hand hygiene can positively impact whether they contract the infection


Using light to disinfect mobile devices

A researcher at the University at Buffalo is using existing technology to create a device that uses light to kill germs on mobile devices


Role of contaminated handheld electronic devices in infection transmission

One category of handheld devices exponentially increasing and predicted to continue increasing in healthcare, is mobile electronics


Pediatricians urge patients to bring their own toys

Suggestion linked to controlling spread of germs in waiting rooms and exam rooms


Band aid found in au jus at Colorado hospital cafeteria

UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center officials said steps have been taken to ensure it does not happen again


Strategies for whole-room disinfection

Efficiency is important with limited time and resources


Hygiene, isolation protocols urged in pediatric office

Researchers recommend against having stuffed animals in the common areas as they are difficult to clean


Mississippi hospital, nursing homes use emergency plans to respond to water alert

The hospital emergency department is working with health officials to watch for any signs of a disease outbreak


Long-ignored unsanitary conditions found at Ga. prison hospital

Bags of garbage have piled up outside the operating room, attracting flies and mosquitoes


North Wales hospitals' laundry called infection risk

Machines are breaking down and there are pest control issues


How typical ceiling light fixtures can help reduce HAIs

Healthcare providers are increasingly looking for solutions that provide a safety net by disinfecting surfaces that may have been insufficiently disinfected


Arkansas VA healthcare system failed to update cleaning standards

Standards for instruments used in eye surgery cited


California declares state of emergency after hepatitis A outbreak

The disease has most often struck the homeless or drug users, but has spread to workers at a healthcare facility


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

The study shows one or more food specimens were positive for pathogens


Debunking the assumptions around proper hand hygiene

Hand hygiene in healthcare involves not only washing hands with soap and water, but also the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers


Dirty floors, kitchens found at Colorado veterans hospital

The inspections also found two doors in a mental health treatment facility were found unlocked and the alarms were not turned on


Scandal-plagued hospital's cleaners claim hygiene standards dropping under new contractor

Since the hospital in Edmonton, North London, changed its cleaning firm in June, ten porters' jobs have been cut


New textile disinfects itself

Material is designed to be used on hospital doors instead of the traditional aluminum door plate


Drones studied for infection control possibilities

Technology may help with baby monitoring, remote health checks


CMS requirement addresses Legionnaires' Disease control in longterm care facilities

Nineteen percent of all Legionnaires' disease outbreaks are longterm-care-related



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