Environmental Services - June 2015

Tips for sustainable environmental services

Environmentally sound practices can also save money


Testing infection prevention effectiveness

Confirming the disinfection of high-touch surfaces is important in healthcare facilities


Proper washing, storage keeps most healthcare textiles safe

Laundering procedures shown to be effective at preventing the spread of infection


Nursing home bedbugs a growing problem

Hospitals doing a better job than nursing homes dealing with pests


Antimicrobial textile manufacturers address pandemic issues

Infection Control Today interviews manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) and antimicrobial textiles on pandemic preparedness


Healthcare laundry best practices reviewed

Laundry recommendations include adherence to standard precautions (gown and gloves) and minimal textile agitation when handling contaminated laundry in isolation rooms


Housekeeping is a partner in infection control

Reducing the spread of germs and diseases is the responsibility of all employees


Disinfecting while preventing harmful exposure

Study reports a growing a demand for disinfecting strategies and increasing evidence that exposure to cleaners can result be harmful


Does washing uniforms at home effect infection control?

A recent UK study (1) found that 44% of nursing staff washed their uniforms below the recommended temperature of 60˚C


Establishing healthcare disinfection programs

One tactic for improving the cleanliness of surfaces, is to use the right disinfectants



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