Infection Control - January 2017

Hand-hygiene compliance up after safety stand-down

A 'stand-down' is when everyone stops what they're doing, so that an issue can be immediately addressed


Dirty instrument found at Detroit hospital one day after investigation ends

Michigan regulators are reviewing whether to reopen probe


Study says UV light helps eliminate four superbugs

UVC was used against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA; vancomycin-resistant enterococci, or VRE; Acinetobacter and Clostridium difficile


N.J. healthcare facility to test employees, patients for lead

Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is giving lead tests to its workers, patients and visitors


Top patient safety issues for 2017

The Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality editorial team chose 10 patient safety issues for providers to prioritize in 2017


Hospital's discount store purchases questioned

Scottish hospital gets glowing report – but concerns raised about tubs bought from Poundstretchers


Addition of UV light cuts transmission of bacteria by 30 percent

Randomized trial finds use of UV-C machines can cut transmission of four major superbugs


Technology can boost hand-hygiene compliance

Electronic hand-hygiene monitoring more thorough than direct observation


Respiratory outbreak closes nursing home to visitors

The nursing home portion of the Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre has been closed to visitors since Jan. 6


Superbug may be more widespread than previously known

Study says drug-resistant CRE superbugs may be spreading more widely than previously thought


Dementia facility outbreaks highlight infection control issues

Long-term care facilities have increased challenges with infection control


Pan-resistant bacteria now considered worldwide threat

Woman in Reno, Nev., killed by superbug after visiting India


State says patient contracted Legionnaires' disease while at Flint hospital

An unidentified patient was infected last fall while being cared for at McLaren Flint Hospital


Fresno nursing home shuts off water after patient tests positive for Legionnaires

The Horizon Health and Subacute Care facility is investigating how a resident was infected


WHO's guidelines for infection prevention

Healthcare facilities are continually challenged by healthcare-associated infections


Treating hospital air: A corporate infection prevention director’s answer to the problem of air contamination

The answer was found in an existing patented disinfection solution that combines an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) chamber and air circulating fans with an overhead ceiling light.


Justifying price of whole-room disinfection robot

Whole-room disinfection is not only a matter of patient safety, but also one of effective cost containment


Bed bugs, bite risks and healthcare facilities: What every manager needs to know

As more is learned of the cryptic and adaptive bed bug, control programs must also adapt to continue providing protection to health care facilities and their patients.


Perth hospital says filters would take care of lead contamination in water

Experts have so far failed to find the source of lead that has driven elevated levels in the hospital's water supply


Flu sweeping through Canadian nursing facilities linked to 15 deaths

Seventeen care facilities in British Columbia are believed to be affected


Hospital trust called pest controllers more than once a week last year

The trust in Cumbria, U.K., called in pest controllers 58 times during the 2015/16 year


Healthcare facility's environmental services team behind infection prevention and control efforts

Infection prevention and control team at Salisbury District Hospital focuses on patient safety


Dead mice, insects found near facility's instrument sterilization area

Officials are advising patients to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV



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