Infection Control - November 2018

Wildfire evacuee shelters hit by viral outbreaks

Cleanup crews work to curb spread of sickness with a powerful chemical disinfectant


Healthcare worker protection: The key to pandemic containment

Prioritizing the protection of healthcare workers can ensure a resilient frontline defense


Children return to Wanaque facility where 11 died in adenovirus outbreak

Three children have been returned, with their families' permission, after recovering at area hospitals


ECRI Institute opens access to clinical practice guidelines

The healthcare community has free access to the website


Scrubs vending machines designed to curb OR contamination

Sales reps are required to buy scrubs while inside healthcare facilities


Launderable mattress barrier may cut hospital-acquired infections

Clostridium difficile can be spread via neglected surfaces, such as those underneath hospital beds


N.J. facility separates patients after 11th child dies from viral outbreak

The state ordered 'medically-fragile' children separated from those who are sick


'Concerned employee' anonymously alerted state to bacteria outbreak in neonatal unit

Four infants contracted the Acinetobacter baumannii bacteria at University Hospital in Newark, N.J.


Study finds that many hospital linens have mold

Linens tested positive for Mucorales, a type of fungus


Donated meals sickened hospital staff after Hurricane Harvey

Fifty staff members suffered acute symptoms after eating a meal that included pork sausage, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and yogurt


Surgical instrument discoloration prompts another hospital to cancel procedures

Issue caused Tampa General Hospital to reschedule some elective surgeries


Hard water blamed for stained instruments at Michigan hospital

Memorial Healthcare in Owosso has switched to a reverse osmosis system for its water


40 states report flu activity

The proportion of outpatient visits for influenzalike illness increased slightly


Epidemic calendar tracks seasons of 69 infectious

Influenza is not the only infectious disease with a season


Healthcare facilities have unique floor care issues

In environments such as hospitals and nursing homes there will be a need for optimum hygiene


N.J. lawmakers to investigate infection control at healthcare facilities

New infections continue to be diagnosed at two state longterm care facilities


Keeping healthcare facilities safe during construction

Construction projects come with infection control measures


N.J. facility where 10 children died did not inform parents about outbreak, suit says

Mother of a sick child says facility failed to follow safety protocols


CDC says Ebola outbreak in Congo may not be containable

If the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo becomes more serious, containment efforts may be impossible


Hospital keeps ceiling fans despite warnings

Large ceiling fans operating in multi-occupancy rooms pose an infection control threat, the experts said


Pittsburgh-area healthcare facility facing suit for unclean ultrasound probes

UPMC Jameson Hospital in New Castle is facing a class action lawsuit


Shoe and floor contamination a challenge for hospitals

Things that come in contact the floor are contaminated and could spreading germs in healthcare facilities


New bacteria infects cancer patients in Arkansas

Patients who had ports accessed at ACI between March 22 and September 11 of this year are considered at risk


Chicago nursing facility linked to one of two Legionnaires' clusters in Illinois

A McHenry County Walmart is also a possible exposure point


Arkansas Cancer Institute bacterial outbreak linked to port cleaning method

Many of the patients have had their ports removed and those people who tested positive for the bacteria will undergo a two-week course of antibiotics


Low-pressure taps at hospital blamed for babies' infections

The taps were designed for water savings and were unlikely to be flushing with enough force or volume to remove bacteria


Legionella bacteria found in Queens hospital

The bacteria was found at New York-Presbyterian Hospital


These are the germiest places in healthcare facilities

There are certain places and things where cleaning is particularly crucial


Second outbreak of adenovirus reported in N.J.

The second outbreak is believed to be of a milder type than the one responsible for the deaths of 10 children in Wanaque


MRSA and other germs linger in hospital curtains, linens

Studies show both carry infection control risk


Ebola outbreak now Congo's third largest

Recent crisis involves more than 270 cases


Worker blames 'filthy' conditions for outbreak at N.J. facility

A worker at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation also points to widespread mismanagement


'Major' deficiencies found at N.J. hospital following infant's death

Infection control lapses found at University Hospital in Newark


N.J. facility where 10 children died in outbreak not equipped for quarantine

The children became ill in the facility’s ventilator unit



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