Infection Control - September 2016

Healthcare facilities' hot water equipment scrutinized

Changes in a patient's length of stay can also contribute to the problem.


Microfiber products may help prevent spread of MRSA

Study finds less than 0.25% chance of bacteria transferring from microfiber to people


Hot water systems promote the growth of legionella pneumophila

New study calls for healthcare facilities to examine maintenance and operations


Four ways to reduce healthcare-associated infections

Approximately 1 in 25 patients may encounter a dangerous infection while being treated in a healthcare facility every day


Three Philadelphia heart patients among 20 in Pa. diagnosed with infection linked to heater-coolers

Heater-coolers heat or cool the blood of patients on a heart-lung bypass machine


New study says heat exchangers can act as Legionella reservoirs

Healthcare facilities install heat exchangers to conserve energy


Heater-cooler units at UW Medical Center test positive for Legionella

The source of the outbreak has been linked to the hospital's water system


Irish hospital called 'health hazard' leaving patients at high risk of infection

New report on Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar has revealed a lack of basic infection control measures


Healthcare costs linked to bacteria in water systems rising

Between 1991 and 2006, more than 617,000 hospitalizations related to three common plumbing pathogens resulted in around $9 billion in Medicare payments


Fourth patient infected with Legionnaires' at UW Medical Center

The patient contracted Legionnaires' disease before water restrictions were implemented at the hospital


Does your air measure up?

Universal Health Services sees 64 percent reduction in airborne pathogens


Ice maker, sinks linked to Legionnaires' outbreak

UW Medical Center Legionnaires' outbreak may be linked to two deaths


Silver-based treatment reduces bacteria in hospital laundry

Treating patient textiles with ionic silver after washing can decrease contamination


Study suggests bodily fluids can spread Zika

Tears, saliva, vomit, urine or stool may have the potential to transmit Zika


Link found between antibacterial ingredients in dust and antibiotic resistance

Scientists find a link between antimicrobial substances like triclosan and levels of antibiotic resistant genes


Unsanitary conditions found in N.J. pediatrician's exam room

Problems with storage and disposal of vaccines and biohazardous materials found


Des Moines hospital issues warning to open-heart surgery patients after two infections

About 2,600 patients may be at risk for infections linked to a device used during surgery


Michigan launches probe of dirty instruments at healthcare facility

Doctors have been complaining about dirty, broken and missing surgical instruments for years


Healthcare facilities prepare for Zika by expanding care, partnerships

Hospitals open specialty clinics to learn about the virus


Irish nursing home embraces hand hygiene

Interviews with new residents, staff include a session on hand-washing


IPs' role in healthcare laundering practices

Too often, infection prevention professionals don't realize that improperly laundered healthcare linens can pose a risk


ASC infection-control compliance needs a team approach

Ambulatory surgery centers often don't have a person dedicated to infection control


Study shows coordinated effort can reduce CRE 75 percent

Johns Hopkins reports that regional coordination among hospitals helps reduce HAIs


Bacterium enters Maryland hospital through its water system

Water tests found Pseudomonas bacterium in four sinks in Prince George’s County Hospital Center's neonatal intensive care unit, and two more sinks in another area of the hospital



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