Infection Control

Topeka VA battling bed bugs

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

3/24/2017


Kansas healthcare facility hires infection-fighting robot

Olathe Medical Center uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms

3/24/2017


Few nursing homes use isolation procedures to control superbugs' spread

Skipping isolation precautions may place other residents at risk

3/24/2017


Green cleaning's effect on indoor air quality

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

3/23/2017


Tips for reducing exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases

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

3/22/2017


Is healthcare cleaning a special case?

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

3/21/2017


New prevention methods for Clostridium difficile on a horizon

Prevention relies partially on infection control efforts

3/21/2017


Hospital floors often overlooked when it comes to infection control

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

3/20/2017


Manufacturer changing how sinks work in hospitals

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

3/17/2017


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution

3/15/2017


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

3/14/2017


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

3/14/2017


Many hands: Team building may boost hand washing

Study suggests a cohesive team will have improved compliance

3/14/2017


Patient room floors, sinks could be contaminated with bacteria

Infection risks may be overlooked by infection control efforts

3/13/2017


Hospital floors may be spreading germs more easily than believed

Germs can move quickly from floors to high-touch surfaces

3/10/2017


Study explores superbugs found in healthcare facility sinks

Bacteria spreads from drainpipes to patients in stages

3/9/2017


Big Data can support infection control

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

3/9/2017


Innovations curbing healthcare facility infections

Lighting and antibacterial surfaces helping to reduce harmful microrganisms

3/6/2017


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

3/2/2017


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

3/1/2017


Antimicrobial surfaces can support HAI prevention

The antimicrobials used for solid surfaces include copper and silver

2/28/2017


UV cleaning technology manufacturers discuss key issues

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

2/27/2017


Maintaining hospital air isolation rooms

Room needs to be well sealed to prevent excess air leakage

2/24/2017


Legionella found in Washington hospital

Harrison Medical Center patient contracted Legionnaires' disease

2/23/2017


Cleaning strategies to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Enhanced disinfection techniques can decrease the spread of pathogens

2/13/2017


Experts say current cleaning techniques for flexible endoscopes insufficient

Careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests are recommended

2/13/2017


New maintenance infection control standards released

The new standard incorporates improvements based on industry advances since the previous edition release in 2012

2/13/2017


Steps for effective outpatient facility cleaning

New facilities give environmental services new challenges

2/10/2017


Rare E. coli found in Los Angeles County patient

Incident marks a first for California

2/10/2017


Scabies outbreak reported at Ohio hospital

The disease was spread at Kettering partly by objects that were infested with itch mites

2/9/2017


Probe of dirty surgical tools at Detroit healthcare system reopened

Federal health authorities are again investigating dirty tools at the Detroit Medical Center

2/9/2017


UPMC mold report won't start new investigation

Health agencies have no plans to do any more investigating of the fatal mold outbreak at UPMC

2/8/2017


Report links UPMC bed linens filled with mold blamed to crisis

Hundreds of other healthcare facilities may be affected

2/6/2017


Following the new scope reprocessing guidelines

Any gaps in procedures could lead to infections

2/6/2017


California hospitals with high infection rates not inspected

California law requires hospitals to be inspected every three years

2/1/2017


Hand-hygiene compliance up after safety stand-down

A 'stand-down' is when everyone stops what they're doing, so that an issue can be immediately addressed

1/31/2017


Dirty instrument found at Detroit hospital one day after investigation ends

Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen probe

1/30/2017


Study says UV light helps eliminate four superbugs

UVC was used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA; vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE; Acinetobacter and Clostridium difficile

1/30/2017



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