Infection Control - May 2017

Former maintenance employee speaks out against N.C. senior facility living conditions

Complaints allege presence of mold, mildew and bed bugs


Model to stop superbugs may not be working

MRSA outbreak has experts rethinking strategy


C. diff-contaminated areas can increase infection risk

Risk increases when a patient is in an area previously occupied by someone with a Clostridium difficile infection


John Oliver report alleges DaVita infection control issues

DaVita called dialysis factory where infection control procedures are skipped and patients are rushed on and off machines, sometimes before the process is complete


DC VA sited for stained, missing surgical equipment

Surgery had to be halted at the Veterans Affairs hospital after probe


More than quarter of nursing home residents colonized with MDR bacteria

A systematic review and meta-analysis revealed a high colonization rate of 27 percent among residents


CDC study finds most cooling towers test positive for Legionella

Reported cases of Legionnaires' increased by 286 percent between the year 2000 and 2014


Auditing medical-device reprocessing key

Adherence to sterilization and disinfection best practices ensures patient safety


Nursing students say they need additional infection prevention education

Nearly 40 percent of respondents believed they needed more training


Hospital investigators, CDC disagree over source of deadly mold

Mold responsible for the deaths of seven patients at University of Pittsburgh hospitals


Paper sanitizers can curb bacteria

Metallized paper can sanitize surfaces with 10 seconds of treatment


Redesigning the sterile reprocessing room

Minnesota hospital makes department more staff-friendly


'Superbug' fungus emerging in N.Y. region

Two of the three kinds of commonly used antifungal drugs have little effect


Surface selection can support infection control efforts

Healthcare facilities' environmental services staff can be challenged by poor surface choices


Pa. healthcare facility deep cleaning after bedbugs found

Dementia patients moved during fumigation of unit


World Hand Hygiene Day focuses on antibiotic resistance

May 5 highlights the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare


Key facts on C. auris fungus

C. auris was found on tested nurses' hands


Infection control has silver bullet

Silver has been used to fight infections since ancient times



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