Infection Control - February 2018

Copper-coated uniforms could curb infection transmission

Healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with these tiny copper nanoparticles

2/26/2018


Maine healthcare facilities bracing for worsening of flu season

Swamped emergency rooms in Portland sending patients elsewhere

2/26/2018


Infection problems could cost Michigan healthcare facility its Medicare patients

An investigation found the hospital is not compliant with infection control standards

2/26/2018


Legionnaires' found at Illinois mental health facility

A patient at the Chester Mental Health Center in Chester has been diagnosed

2/26/2018


Study suggests hand-washing helps decrease nursing home deaths

Researchers recommend using hospital hand-hygiene protocols

2/23/2018


Washington hospital screening visitors at front door for flu-like symptoms

Visitors get color-coded tags upon entering facility

2/21/2018


Disinfecting robot can help fight HAIs

Studies demonstrate benefits and explore strategies for use

2/21/2018


Reducing cross-contamination risk in healthcare facilities

Environmental cleaning specialists offer tips to help control infections

2/20/2018


Woman claims OK hospital bathroom was infested with bugs

Hospital staff cleaned the shower with bleach after being alerted to the bugs

2/20/2018


Bed bug histamines persistent in infested areas

New research suggests bed bugs are a medically important threat

2/16/2018


W.Va. healthcare facility postpones surgeries due to sterilization issues

Cabell Huntington Hospital found residue on equipment and surgical trays

2/16/2018


Deadly ‘superbug’ fungus may be spreading

Number of U.S. patients infected with Candida auris has climbed to 200

2/16/2018


Managing healthcare facilities' airborne pathogens

The air is the source of more than one-third of nosocomial infections

2/15/2018


Seamless flooring for low-dust environments

Airborne particles are home to an incredibly diverse population of dust-residing microbes, including not only bacteria and viruses, but also fungi, algae and protozoa

2/15/2018


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

2/14/2018


Improvements for Missouri veterans homes urged

Report says facilities should encourage staff to report problems

2/14/2018


Hospital plumbing a playground for superbugs

Drains can be loaded with dangerous bacteria

2/13/2018


Best conditions for Legionella bacteria growth

Warm tap water with dissolved organic matter supports the growth of biofilms

2/13/2018


Norovirus outbreak among security staff suspected at Olympic Games

The South Korean military has been deployed to cover

2/12/2018


Hospital toilet flushing can spread pathogens

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/12/2018


Hospitals enforce stricter visitation rules during bad flu season

Flu activity in the U.S. has increased for 10 weeks in a row

2/9/2018


S. Korea prepping for potential disease outbreaks at Olympics

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/9/2018


Hospitalizations for flu nearing 10-year high

The overall hospitalization rate was 51.4 per 100,000 population for the week ending Jan. 27

2/8/2018


Florida nurse's flu rant goes viral

Nurse: 'There is a cesspool of funky flu at the E.R. right now'

2/7/2018


Colorado hospital suspends surgeries due to sterilization problems

Process at Aspen Valley Hospital compromised

2/7/2018


Healthcare facilities taking extra precautions this flu season

Clinics staff members are cleaning bathrooms with microbacterial disinfectant after each patient

2/6/2018


Flu season also taking financial toll on hospitals

Hospital costs are expected to spike because of lower reimbursement rates

2/5/2018


Restroom design working to keep healthcare facilities healthy

Restrooms in healthcare environments are the perfect storm for the spread of infectious disease

2/2/2018



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