Infection Control

Study says cleaning dirty sponges strengthens worst bacteria

Microwaving a sponge only kills the weak bacteria

8/17/2017


Healthcare facility renovation linked to decline in bacteria

Researchers found a sharp but temporary decline in patient colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE)

8/15/2017


A ‘perfect storm’ superbug worrying infection experts

Candida auris resists usual control measures

8/9/2017


Copper in linens and surfaces can help prevent infections

Researchers found an 83 percent reduction in infections caused by Clostridium difficile

8/9/2017


Study finds Zika unlikely to be passed by casual contact

Sharing a fork or spoon is not enough to spread the Zika virus

8/7/2017


Colo. engineers demonstrate hospital 'germ trap'

Researchers seal off a hospital wing and adjust the existing ventilation system

8/4/2017


Website lists waterborne pathogens more potentially dangerous than sharks

STAT published a list of waterborne pathogens with bite

8/3/2017


Healthcare facilities can optimize infection prevention with best practices

Drones investments may be five years away

8/3/2017


Army hospitals deploying germ-killing robots

Three new robots were recently sent to South Korea

8/2/2017


VA probe looking into allegations of fly-infested operating room in N.H.

A top-to-bottom review of the Manchester VAMC is planned

8/1/2017


Jury orders Olympus to pay hospital $6.6 million but rejects claims scopes are unsafe

Hospital must pay $1 million to deceased patient’s family

7/31/2017


Healthcare laundries evolve to deal with emerging issues

Laundries competing in healthcare will need to be more professional in their operations

7/27/2017


Black mold abatement underway at California hospital

Palm Drive Health Care District to pay for remodeling costs of Sonoma West Medical Center

7/26/2017


Glasgow hospital lauded for hygiene turnaround

Previous inspections at Hairmyres Hospital found issues

7/25/2017


Better cleaning and fewer antibiotics are cutting C. diff rates

Many healthcare facilities implemented stricter cleaning and infection control protocols

7/25/2017


Stanford Hospital union issues a cautionary tale

Workers claimed that healthcare system had high rates of healthcare-associated infections due to inadequate staffing and training

7/21/2017


Infection rates key in Stanford Hospital, union conflict

SEIU says hospital's poor infection control practices jeopardize safety

7/18/2017


Study says bacteria adhesion does not depend on contact area size

Despite their spherical shape, the bacteria cannot be described as hard spheres when they interact with a surface

7/18/2017


Specific environmental strategies needed in infection control

World Health Organization offers first-ever priority pathogens list

7/17/2017


Healing from under your feet

How resilient flooring is helping fight hospital-associated infections

7/17/2017


Hand and surface cleanliness support prevention of cross contamination

Frequently touched surfaces can collect infectious pathogens

7/17/2017


HAI reduction program developed to support environmental services

Hospital improves infection control by educating housekeeping

7/14/2017


Self-cleaning touch points can support infection control

Powered by light, the self-cleaning surface use mineral nanocrystals to create an oxidation reaction

7/14/2017


New hospital hit by mold

Mold was found in a ward of the new Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong

7/13/2017


Healthcare facility design can impact infection control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

7/13/2017


Surface touch frequency & hand hygiene in the patient zone

A closer look at surface contamination and compliance rates

7/12/2017


Study says recurring C. diff infections up 189% from 2001 to 2012

Findings indicate multiple recurring C. diff infections place an increased burden on healthcare system

7/12/2017


Heater-cooler contamination found to be more common than previously believed

Devices have been linked to a number of infections

7/11/2017


Study says that understanding how microbes interact with hospital surfaces is key to infection control

Previously, few studies focused on the hospital room microbiome and whether the data might affect room cleaning

7/10/2017


Study says even clean hands can transmit MRSA in the NICU

Hospitals urged to not rely on hand hygiene alone for protecting patients

7/10/2017


Better cleaning contributes to fall in C. diff rates

Healthcare facilities are adopting stricter cleaning standards

7/7/2017


Best surface cleaning options depends on many factors

Whole-room disinfection robots may be part of best practices for outpatient facility

7/6/2017


Canadian hospitals may have exposed 1,307 patients to hepatitis B and C

Some diabetic patients were potentially exposed during individual insulin training sessions

7/6/2017


Cutting infection risk in high-traffic areas

Public spaces contain her own infection-risk issues

7/6/2017


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



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