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

3/26/2018


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

3/23/2018


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

3/23/2018


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

3/16/2018


Housekeeping audit finds problems at B.C. healthcare facility

Supervision and training at the Arrow Lakes Hospital

3/15/2018


'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

3/14/2018


Robotic comfort seals clear infection control hurdle

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

3/13/2018


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

3/13/2018


CDC says flu season has peaked

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

3/12/2018


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

3/8/2018


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

3/8/2018


Plastic coatings with antimicrobial additives can help control infections

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

3/7/2018


CDC reports flu activity still elevated

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

3/1/2018



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