Infection Control

Tackling Infection in Senior Living Communities

Sodexo program implements enhanced cleaning protocols that fight the spread of infection to protect residents, staff and their families.

9/29/2022


Legionella Prevention in Cooling Tower Systems

With the support of a team of experts, managers can effectively prevent, detect and respond to positive Legionella tests.

9/28/2022


Some Healthcare Facilities No Longer Need Face Masks While Working

The CDC releases new masking guidance for healthcare facilities.

9/27/2022


How to Prevent Mold Growth in Facilities

Mold can often grow out of sight and unnoticed.

9/23/2022


Senior Care Facilities Still at Risk of HAIs, Calls for Improvement Lag

Despite calls for improvements at senior care facilities, little progress has been made.

9/20/2022


Thermal Imaging Can Improve Handwashing

Researchers obtained thermal images of 12 healthcare professionals using an infrared camera attached to an iPhone.

9/19/2022


Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems Promote Cleaner Healthcare Facilities

Automated hand hygiene monitoring systems are able to achieve greater improvement in hand hygiene performance.

9/16/2022


The Looming Legal Battle over Hospital-Associated Infections

The belief that infections are unavoidable has shielded hospitals and doctors from liability for decades, but not in the future.

9/15/2022


Strategies for Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Most elements of the healthcare industry encountered setbacks during the pandemic, including the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

9/14/2022


US Funds Expand Locations for Monkeypox Vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded the number of locations that can be supported with direct federal shipments of vaccine and treatments for monkeypox.

9/8/2022


HAIs Spread in Community, Complicating Infection Control

Findings are concerning because CRE infections resistant most antibiotics and are considered a major public health threat.

9/7/2022


What is the Threat of Infections Acquired in Ambulances

Contamination of emergency medical vehicles with pathogenic microbes poses a potential threat to public health.

9/1/2022


Perfect Storm: High Surface Contamination and Vulnerable Patients

The education of EVS workers and healthcare professionals is necessary to break the chain of infections.

8/24/2022


Arizona VA Nursing Home Closed Due to Rat Infestation

Recent storms caused rats to move into the facility.

8/16/2022


CDC Updates COVID-19 Guidance, Affecting Schools

The CDC has announced updated guidelines on COVID-19.

8/16/2022


3 Most Common Questions About Chemicals

J. Darrel Hicks discusses common and dangerous mistakes when using, storing and handling cleaning chemicals in healthcare facilities.

8/11/2022


3 Steps to Prevent C. diff Spread

CDI prevention begins with the right products and processes and an educated environmental services staff.

8/9/2022


Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation Market Grows to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

UV disinfection equipment is steadily being added to facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

8/5/2022


UV Disinfection Technology Gets Boost

Ultraviolet technology is moving to center stage of efforts to improve its performance and reliability.

7/28/2022


Lessons Hospitals Learned from COVID-19

Healthcare Association of New York State identified underlying system and process causes and contributing factors that resulted in an overwhelmed healthcare delivery system.

7/26/2022


Monkeypox Transmission in Healthcare Setting is Low

Transmission to healthcare personnel in endemic settings is well described, but to date it appears to be rare in well-resourced settings, according to the researchers.

7/25/2022


CDC: Pandemic Hurt U.S. Antimicrobial Resistance

A CDC report concludes threat of antimicrobial-resistant infections is not only still present but has gotten worse.

7/22/2022


Top Areas to Keep Clean in Senior Care Facilities

Proper training on cleaning high-touch surfaces proves to be essential for senior care facilities.

7/19/2022


Lessons from the Custodial Frontlines

Despite the relative simplicity of infection prevention principles, achieving the goal is not easy.

7/18/2022


CMS Issues Guidance on Long-Term Care Compliance

The guidance aims to support the implementation of the Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities Requirements for Participation that were published in 2016.

7/12/2022


OSHA Extends COVID-19 Program for Healthcare Facilities

Rise in hospitalizations reinforces the need to continue prioritizing inspections at hospitals, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

7/8/2022


Healthcare Facilities Revisit Indoor Air Quality as COVID Cases Rise

Faced with limited options, managers are investigating ultraviolet systems to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

6/29/2022


American Hospital Association Certificate Targets Infection Control in Healthcare

The program offers frontline cleaning and disinfection workers educational opportunity on cleaning in healthcare environments outside of acute-care settings.

6/20/2022


New Guidelines Target MRSA Management

Guidelines aim to prevent patients from getting MRSA and becoming ill and might help patients who already have MRSA.

6/15/2022


How Flooring Acts as a Mode of Infection Transmission

Here are strategies for breaking the mode of transmission if potential pathogens move from floors onto surfaces near patients.

6/8/2022


Why Your Facility Needs a Pest Management Plan

Hospitals face a series of risks when unwanted pests get into their facility.

5/31/2022


VA Issues Three COVID-19 Protocol Levels at Facilities

Levels align with CDC community transmission levels designed for use by healthcare facilities

5/26/2022


How Healthcare Food Service Operations Work Through Ongoing Supply Chain Challenges

Hospital kitchens face the same challenges as families but on a much grander scale.

5/25/2022


Construction Training Can Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections

Hospitals can’t shutter operations during renovations, so it is up to construction crews to ensure their work doesn’t harm patients.

5/25/2022


How Flooring Impacts Healthcare Facilities

Poor design decisions and improper cleaning can increase risk of falls and infections.

5/19/2022


Why and Where Do Healthcare Facilities Need to Disinfect? 

When deciding where to disinfect, environmental services managers must consider guidelines established by OSHA, the CDC and state and local regulatory agencies.

5/16/2022


Basic Infection Control Will Help Curtail HAIs

Out of every 100 patients in acute-care hospitals, seven patients in high-income countries and 15 patients in low- and middle-income countries will acquire at least one hospital acquired infection.

5/10/2022


Fighting Fecal Matter on High-Touch Surfaces

Diarrheal illnesses are among most frequent healthcare-acquired infections in long-term care facilities

5/3/2022


CDC Taps Into Data to Improve Disease Forecasting, Communication

Program seeks to enhance ability to use data, models, and analytics to enable timely, effective decision-making.

4/28/2022


Healthcare Acquired Infections Responsible for 100,000 Deaths Annually 

Because of the complex nature of healthcare facilities, the risk of HAIs exists even in the best situations.

4/27/2022


Hospitals Ease Mask Requirements as New Variant Looms

Some hospitals are changing their masking requirements after the federal government struck down the nationwide mask mandate for public transit.

4/26/2022


ASHE Infection Control Tool Focuses on Role of Maintenance

ICRA 2.0 promotes and directs interdisciplinary infection prevention in healthcare facilities during construction, renovation and maintenance.

4/25/2022


Porous vs. Nonporous: Which Surface Has the Most Effective Transmission?

Hard, non-porous surfaces are still most efficient in transferring and transmitting disease.

4/20/2022


Water Contamination Limits Texas Medical Center Operations

William Beaumont Army Medical Center is limiting operations and postponing elective surgeries

4/14/2022


What Disinfectant Labels Really Mean

It is time for a reality check when it comes to disinfecting environmental surfaces.

4/13/2022


UV-C Light Proves Essential for Facilities

Lighting has evolved over the last decade, but now UV-C has proven to be an essential tool within healthcare facilities.

4/7/2022


The Crucial Role of Hospital Filtration and Ventilation Systems

Systems are critical in providing safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff throughout facility.

3/29/2022


Fit for Purpose Disinfection: A Closer Look

If hygiene procedures are to be effective, a determination needs to be made regarding product efficacy and whether the results are worthwhile.

3/28/2022


OSHA Works Toward Standard to Protect Healthcare Workers

OSHA is developing a standard to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from workplace exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

3/25/2022


Cleaning Patient Rooms Once a Day Is Not Enough

Studies have shown that cleaning hospital rooms only once per day is not enough because surfaces can get contaminated more quickly

3/22/2022



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