Infection Control - October 2018

N.J. gives quick infection control training to three other facilities after deaths of 9 children

The education and training campaign on infection prevention and control practices targets the state’s other pediatric specialty hospitals


N.J. facility where 9 children died from virus outbreak cited for deficiencies

The longterm care facility in Wanaque has been cited for infection control lapses in recent years


C diff. transmitted through non-critical items

Report says proper disinfection of tools is crucial


Hospitals not confident about sustaining preparedness for outbreaks

Ninety-five percent of hospital administrators say other priorities reduce their ability to focus


Tips to prevent infection and keep healthcare facilities clean

A flu outbreak among senior residents can lead to serious health complications and potentially life-threatening conditions


7 children dead in virus outbreak at New Jersey healthcare facility

More are ill as a result of adenovirus at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell


Sunshine may kill bacteria in dust

Dust kept in the dark contained organisms closely linked to some respiratory diseases


Health officials monitoring flu season

There are signs the current flu season will not be as widespread or deadly as last year


C. diff. outbreaks linked to hospital linens

Study offers possible source for Clostridium difficile outbreaks


Montana hospital implements facility-wide infection-control strategy

New disinfection toolkit for environmental services and bleach-based protocol fight C. difficile


Disinfectant selection is essential for effective cleaning

Adherence to the manufacturer’s label instructions is also key


Diarrhea spores can survive hospital laundering's high temperatures

Washing bedsheets in a commercial washing machine with industrial detergent at high disinfecting temperatures failed to remove all traces of C. diff.


California law gives healthcare laundries more flexibility

The legislation will allow healthcare laundries to use lower wash temperatures and shorten the wash time


Legionella plan is not the same as a water management plan

State and accreditation inspectors know the difference, even though it may be slight, they can issue a violation for the mistaken identity


WHO expects Congo's Ebola outbreak to last at least 3-4 months

The outbreak has caused 194 cases and 122 deaths


Ebola cases in Congo more than doubled since September

There were 33 new cases between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9, compared to 41 cases during all of September


RTLS tags: Security friend or infection-prevention foe?

Infection-control guidance from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology includes disinfecting or replacing items such as lanyards, identification tags, cellphones and pagers if they come into contact with patients.


Study finds hospital sink traps may harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria

CPE outbreaks are mostly attributed to patient-to-patient transmission via healthcare workers


Cleaning curbs therapy dogs' MRSA risk

The risk of infection is greater for people whose immune system is weakened


Resistance to Ebola treatment remains in the Congo

Current outbreak has a higher reported number of cases than the previous outbreak, with 150 cases reported as of September 28


National Infection Control Week: A Week to celebrate healthcare staff and promote hygiene compliance

Healthcare professionals believe technology can play an important role in hygiene compliance and infection control


Developing a successful ASC infection control program

Specific procedures like sterile processing for instrument care should be in place


Safety risks increase for health workers in Congo Ebola outbreak

Researchers tested 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains


Employees believe tech can improve hygiene compliance

Healthcare professionals said it’s important for facilities to use tech such as hand-hygiene monitoring systems


Study finds hospital privacy curtains harbor MRSA

Researchers tested 10 freshly laundered privacy curtains


CMS focus on Legionella means its time to review water management plan

A good water management plan begins with the facilities management team



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