Infection Control - November 2016

Focusing on infection control in the emergency department

Some EDs are making contributions to their facilities' HAI prevention efforts


Designers rethink hospital gowns

New gown design includes antibacterial element


Duke testing robot-nurse

The robot is being developed through a collaboration between Duke’s School of Engineering and School of Nursing students and staff


Pomona hospital employees fear patients are being sickened by dirty conditions

Employees of one of San Gabriel Valley’s largest hospitals say management has ignored situation


Reducing HAIs in long-term care facilities

Long-term care facilities should implement an infection-control training model that addresses issues staff members encounter on a daily basis, according to an article on the Long-term Living website


2017 top medical tech hazards listed

ECRI Institute names potential infection hazards


WHO says Zika no longer an international public health emergency

Zika and associated complications still a significant challenge


Air curtains may be tool in the fight against Zika

Air movement is known to be effective in disrupting insect flight


WHO recommends ways to stop surgical infections

In the U.S., surgical infections contribute to patients spending more than 400,000 extra days in hospital


Infectious brain disease confirmed at Maine hospital

Portland hospital suspends elective surgeries in order to sterilize its surgical equipment and facilities


Infection control problems tied to Hep. C outbreak

Researchers say 2013 N.D. nursing home outbreak caused by lapses


Tropical bed bug making a comeback

For the first time in 60 years, a tropical bed bug has been confirmed in Florida


Water main break shuts off service to Missouri hospital

Hannibal Regional Hospital instituted a boil order after a water main break shut off service


Soiled linens could carry C. diff, study shows

In the dirty areas, 23 percent tested positive for C. diff


Report shows hospitals still struggling with deadly infections

But Wallowa Memorial Hospital reports that in 2015 they had no incidences of most bacterial infections associated with a hospital stay and just one case of the most dangerous.


Nevada hospital installs bacteria-fighting OR light fixtures

Henderson Hospital install lights that continuously disinfect the environment


Superbug outbreak costs an NHS hospital one million pounds

Imperial College London scientists assessed a 10-month outbreak of carbapenemase-producing enterobacteria


Soiled linens may cause environmental contamination

New study suggests that soiled clinical linens may be a source of surface Clostridium difficile contamination


Will overtime laws affect infection control measures?

Donning and doffing procedures may be about to change


Using copper to fight infection

Researchers have discovered that copper alloys destroy MRSA, norovirus and other pathogens


Bacterial outbreak likely linked to infants’ deaths at Md. hospital

Prince George’s Hospital Center closed its NICU for the second time in a few months


First cases of deadly fungal infection reported in U.S.

In June, the CDC issues a warning to hospitals about the deadly yeast infection


Cleanliness: Analyzing HCAHPS' Question 8

With the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) reporting mandate in place, the subject of cleanliness has become even more important


Addressing healthcare-associated infections with modern hand-hygiene practices

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.


Keys for an effective infection preventionist

A longterm care facility's infection preventionist should ensure that infection control policies and programs are up to date, understood and followed, according to an article on the Longterm Living website.


Hospital shines a black light on hand washing

A Glo Germ demonstration showed staff just how good a job they did washing their hands


Scrubs may help spread germs to patients

The spots most likely to be contaminated were sleeves and pockets


Norfolk hospital fighting infection with copper-infused linens

More hospitals are using copper in bed linens, patient gowns and countertops



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