Infection Control - March 2017

Course offered on planning for biosafety environments

Course aims to revolutionize the design, construction, management and delivery of environments where infectious disease needs to be controlled


Commercial laundries lauded for safety

Op-ed says commercial laundries serve hospitals safely and effectively


Topeka VA battling bed bugs

Patients from the psychiatric recovery and wellness program on the building's first floor were relocated


Kansas healthcare facility hires infection-fighting robot

Olathe Medical Center uses ultraviolet light to disinfect hospital rooms


Few nursing homes use isolation procedures to control superbugs' spread

Skipping isolation precautions may place other residents at risk


Green cleaning's effect on indoor air quality

Look for products that are green certified by at least two certification organizations


Tips for reducing exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other infectious diseases

Prevention measures include the proper handling and disposing of linens and wastes


Is healthcare cleaning a special case?

Many companies offer specialist cleaning and hand hygiene solutions for the healthcare sector


New prevention methods for Clostridium difficile on a horizon

Prevention relies partially on infection control efforts


Hospital floors often overlooked when it comes to infection control

Floors in patient rooms are often contaminated with health care-associated pathogens


Manufacturer changing how sinks work in hospitals

It has no faucet, knobs or levers and is designed to reduce splashing


Study finds air quality can impact effectiveness of antibiotics

Bacteria that cause respiratory infections can be affected by air pollution


Full-scale patient room mock-ups help designer see flaws

Patient-care scenarios can be simulated to make sure the design provides an workable space and healing environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Study says healthcare facility floors can harbor pathogens

Many items in patient rooms can come in contact with the floor, and germs can spread to hands


Many hands: Team building may boost hand washing

Study suggests a cohesive team will have improved compliance


Patient room floors, sinks could be contaminated with bacteria

Infection risks may be overlooked by infection control efforts


Hospital floors may be spreading germs more easily than believed

Germs can move quickly from floors to high-touch surfaces


Study explores superbugs found in healthcare facility sinks

Bacteria spreads from drainpipes to patients in stages


Big Data can support infection control

Healthcare facilities can use Real Time Location Systems to track visits to hand hygiene stations


Innovations curbing healthcare facility infections

Lighting and antibacterial surfaces helping to reduce harmful microrganisms


Flint healthcare facility ordered a second time to address Legionella issues

Michigan health officials told McLaren Flint Hospital to correct conditions to reduce the presence of bacteria


Lawsuit linking sixth death to UPMC mold names third facility

A third wrongful death lawsuit was filed in connection to a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center mold outbreak



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