Environmental Services - January 2013

Efficacy of hand hygiene products is subject of new ASTM antimicrobial standard

A new ASTM International standard describes the use of pigskin as an alternative to human hands in testing the efficacy of hand hygiene products in combating contamination.


Hospital reduces HAIs with disinfecting robots

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Hospital are having success cracking down on healthcare-acquired infections (HAI) by using robots to clean patient rooms.


A. baumannii bacteria challenges hospital cleaning protocols

A. baumannii requires new cleaning protocols according to a recent study that found more than half the rooms positive for the bacteria prior to cleaning remained contaminated after cleaning.


Hospital joins CDC study to test UV disinfection

Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, N.C., is the latest hospital to join a two-year study, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that will measure the effectiveness of using no-touch environmental UV disinfection technology to clean in healthcare facilities. 



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