Infection Control - August 2018

Study says patients in private rooms less likely to get fatal HAI

Hospitals with mostly private rooms had 33 percent fewer central line infections


Stray cat causes infection scare at UK hospital

A deep clean was ordered after the cat's activities came to light at Epsom Hospital in Epsom, England


HAIs can cause social, emotional pain

Many patients described 'feeling like a leper'


Researchers create bacteria-fighting polymers with light

The discovery may help identify antimicrobials for a range of applications


Technology can boost hand-hygiene compliance by 45%

The study, originally featured in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) stated that hand hygiene compliance rates provided by the traditional direct observation method did not accurately reflect baseline rates.


Health worker among five new cases in Congo Ebola outbreak

They bring the outbreak total to 78 cases


New biocide mist kills bacteria

A viscous disinfectant has been turned into a breathable mist for the first time


Ebola outbreak will be test of world’s ability to respond

This outbreak is occurring in a part of the Congo that has long been a conflict zone, with over 1 million displaced people


D.C. VA hospital reportedly used rusty surgical tools, contaminated water

Reports in November 2017 included findings of VA sterilization specialists


Small mistakes can spread hospital infections

The use of personal protective equipment is challenge for many healthcare facilities


Feds reverse plan to reduce reporting on hospital infections, safety

The information will now be published on the federal Hospital Compare site


Study looks at contamination of frequently touched hospital objects

Study shows bacterial contamination for elevator buttons, door handles and phones


Rosebud reservation hospital under scrutiny again

Federal inspectors surveyed the hospital in late July


Superbug Candida auris spreads from UK to Australia

Outbreaks have occurred in more than 20 countries since the organism was discovered in 2009


Some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers

It took a 70-percent alcohol mixture to eradicate some bacteria


New device diffuses viscous disinfectants

Standard mechanical atomization doesn't work well with viscous fluids


Maryland organizations collaborate to reduce HAIs

Participating facilities achieved a 14.2 percent decrease in C. diff rates


Congo to use Ebola vaccine to counter flare-up

Four people have tested positive for Ebola


Hospital updates cleaning checklist

Update includes previously overlooked overlooked items


Sustainability can be infection prevention issue for healthcare facilities

Chemical safety, energy use and waste reduction can affect patient safety


Leapfrog updates methodology

The changes will take effect for the grades released in October



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