Infection Control - March 2018

Study identifies the high-risk surfaces for C. diff

Researchers sampled 16 sites within patient isolation rooms and patient bays to determine the hardest-to-clean areas


Nurse shortages and crowded wards could reverse infection prevention progress

Antibiotic Research UK said the bed occupancy at NHS hospitals make the spread of bacterial infections more likely


Infected previous bed occupants, roommates increase HAI risk

Odds of infected patients having been exposed to a roommate with the same organism were 4.82 times


Dental clinic accused of using contaminated water during procedures

Suit says office failed to actively monitor the water quality or disinfect water lines


Hospital used multifaceted plan can stop C. diff

Stillwater (Oklahoma) Medical Center has not seen a hospital-acquired case of C. diff since October 2017


Housekeeping audit finds problems at B.C. healthcare facility

Supervision and training at the Arrow Lakes Hospital


'No concern' of Ebola at Va. healthcare facility

A 'safety zone' has been set up for the care of a patient from West Africa at the Winchester Medical Center


Robotic comfort seals clear infection control hurdle

Seals that respond to touch and speech will be used on dementia wards


University developing self-cleaning surface that destroys bacteria when exposed to light

The coating is a non-toxic photocatalyst ceramic that produces continuous oxygen radicals at the surface


Cape Town hospital installs water filtration system

The project is part of an effort to reduce the facility’s demand on municipal water supply


CDC says flu season has peaked

The 2017-18 influenza season peaked in early February and is now on the decline


Oklahoma Healthcare facility lends cleaning robot to schools

The extra layer of protection was deployed in buildings that have had high absence rates due to illness


N.C. senior facilities take precautions as state flu deaths pass 200

Twenty-six of the flu victims who died were 65 and older and five of those deaths were between 50 and 64


Plastic coatings with antimicrobial additives can help control infections

Integrating antimicrobial additives into plastic and polymer surfaces can make them inhospitable to bacteria


CDC reports flu activity still elevated

The CDC said that flu activity is likely to remain elevated for several more weeks



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