Infection Control - January 2018

CDC says deadly flu season has a way to go

Based on the latest data, the flu season may not have peaked yet


Developing a water management program

The impact of Legionnaires' disease is particularly dangerous in healthcare facilities


Healthcare facilities slammed by flu treating patients in tents

Hospitals are asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting visitors and canceling elective surgeries


Chicago hospitals dealing with worst flu season in a decade

Hospitals stocking more hand sanitizer and implementing stricter visitor policies


Judge orders new superbug trial for Olympus

Court said manufacturer didn't properly disclose safety concerns


How the government slowed flu response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention furloughed staff


Hospital-based sleep labs moving toward disposables

Shift linked to increased focus on hospital infection control


CDC back-burners nuclear war prep to focus on the flu epidemic

Briefing on preparation for nuclear war postponed


State judge denies link between forced-air warming and infection

Minnesota lawsuits that allege that the Bair Hugger forced-air warmer caused deep joint infections are dismissed


Joint Commission will now cite individual hand-hygiene failures

Hand hygiene is widely considered to be the most important intervention for preventing hospital-acquired infections


Legionnaires’ risk can't be eliminated at Illinois VA home

13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy healthcare facility


How hospitals safely dispose of infectious fluid waste

Proper waste disposal practices are a crucial part of a safe working environment


Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

Portland Business Journal named Samaritan Albany General Hospital the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016


Fresno VA facility tested for Legionnaires'

Residents, staff and visitors at the Veterans Home are getting bottled water


Recent and ongoing outbreaks listed

Regions of the United States have experienced outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in recent months


Most US cooling towers contain Legionella bacteria

Study finds Legionella bacteria is percent in 84 precent of towers


Remembering Ebola two years later

Are healthcare facilities prepared for another outbreak?


New Orleans healthcare facility deploys infection-fighting robots

The robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms


Infections are common in nursing homes, punishment is not

Repeat citations are common, fines are rare


Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

From July to October 2015, the infection control team identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB.


Belfast children's hospital cited for water safety problems

A series of failings have been uncovered at Northern Ireland's regional children's hospital


Study says thinking about germs makes people concerned about their appearance

Findings suggest that the possibility of contagion activates the 'behavioral immune system'



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