Infection Control - April 2018

Porter Adventist Hospital infection breach linked to human error

The breach came from the tools not being cleaned properly and potentially containing bioburden


Patients at S.C. hospital develop waterborne bacterial infection after surgery

Twenty-seven women who needed surgery at Roper Hospital in 2016 and 2017 developed a bacterial infection


E. Coli outbreaks found in seven states

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 17 cases


Colorado Health Department confirms surgical infections at Porter

Agency says links to sterilization flaws unclear


Study says healthcare facilities need to do a better job of cleaning beds

Columbia University researchers have found data from four New York hospitals that show beds are full of germs


How healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of patient exposure to Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years


Study says nursing homes have fewer residents, with more needs

Though occupancy rates fell between 2009 and 2016, the needs of nursing home residents have grown considerably


Influenza B dominating end of flu season

Flu activity decreased for the sixth consecutive week, but rates remain above the national baseline


Denver healthcare facility warns of sterilization issues

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says no infections have been reported so far


Study addresses UV disinfection challenges

Identifying rooms that would benefit from UV disinfection a key issue


Efforts to control 'nightmare' bacteria working

Feds say system would be more effective if more hospitals and doctors participated


Hospital bends rules to grant Grandpa's dying wish to see his dog

Hospital credits infection control staff for making it happen


Florida fines Hialeah assisted living facility over bedbugs

South Hialeah Manor fined $1,000 for a bedbug infestation


'Nightmare' antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states

More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in bacteria tested in 2017


Nevada hospital installs bacteria fighting operating room light fixtures

The disinfectant lights are installed in all inpatient and outpatient surgical suites and emergency department patient bays


Texas health clinics investigated for potentially spreading hepatitis, HIV

The Galveston County Health District and Department of State Health Services are investigating Coastal Health and Wellness in Galveston and Texas City


Water bacteria testing extended to second Glasgow hospital

Tests for bacteria in the water supply at the Royal Hospital for Children have been extended to the neighboring Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Can aromatherapy be a source of bacterial infections?

An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa suggests aromatherapy can pose a high risk to patient safety


Cancer center patients infected by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer center have been infected



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