Infection Control - February 2017

Antimicrobial surfaces can support HAI prevention

The antimicrobials used for solid surfaces include copper and silver


UV cleaning technology manufacturers discuss key issues

UV disinfection technology can supplement manual surface cleaning by killing persistent pathogens


Maintaining hospital air isolation rooms

Room needs to be well sealed to prevent excess air leakage


Legionella found in Washington hospital

Harrison Medical Center patient contracted Legionnaires' disease


Cleaning strategies to reduce hospital-acquired infections

Enhanced disinfection techniques can decrease the spread of pathogens


Experts say current cleaning techniques for flexible endoscopes insufficient

Careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests are recommended


New maintenance infection control standards released

The new standard incorporates improvements based on industry advances since the previous edition release in 2012


Steps for effective outpatient facility cleaning

New facilities give environmental services new challenges


Rare E. coli found in Los Angeles County patient

Incident marks a first for California


VA Pittsburgh system issues water restrictions after Legionella detected

Legionella bacteria found in sinks at facility


Scabies outbreak reported at Ohio hospital

The disease was spread at Kettering partly by objects that were infested with itch mites


Probe of dirty surgical tools at Detroit healthcare system reopened

Federal health authorities are again investigating dirty tools at the Detroit Medical Center


UPMC mold report won't start new investigation

Health agencies have no plans to do any more investigating of the fatal mold outbreak at UPMC


Report links UPMC bed linens filled with mold blamed to crisis

Hundreds of other healthcare facilities may be affected


Following the new scope reprocessing guidelines

Any gaps in procedures could lead to infections


California hospitals with high infection rates not inspected

California law requires hospitals to be inspected every three years



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