Infection Control - February 2019

Hand washing increases during viral outbreaks, survey finds

Nearly 2 out of 3 Americans believe their hands are less germy after washing with soap and water than after using hand sanitizer


Flu activity reaches a new season high

influenza-like illness levels have reached 4.8 percent


48 states report widespread flu activity

The CDC reported 6,868 confirmed flu-associated hospitalizations from Oct. 1, 2018, through Feb. 9


Joint Commission offers guidance on writing infection control policies

The Joint Commission approach is based on requirements and chosen evidence-based guidelines


R.I hospital using new interactive hand-washing simulator

The Miriam Hospital in Providence walks users through the steps of proper hand-washing


Thirteen million sick with flu so far this season

The percentage of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness increased to 4.3 percent for the week ending Feb. 2


Study says removing sinks from ICU cuts bacterial colonization

'Water-free' patient care can reduce the number of ICU patients colonized with gram-negative bacteria


Patient at Pennsylvania hospital cleared of Ebola

The situation came after another case in Nebraska last month


Sinks next to toilets in patient rooms could spread germs

Sinks located next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase


Sinks next to toilets in patient rooms could spread germs

Sinks located next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase


N.Y. hospital installs cooling towers to help prevent Legionnaires’

The towers also are expected to reduce energy consumption by about 40 percent


New York hospital's recognized for water quality program

NewYork-Presbyterian has earned the ASHE Excellence in Health Care Facility Management Award


Gloveless hospital staffers dispose of dangerous waste at Glasgow facility currently under investigation

A probe is under way into the deaths of the two newborn children at the hospital’s Princess Royal Maternity unit


Calif. hospital's hand-hygiene rate doubles with RTLS technology

The facility's hand-hygiene compliance has increased, on average, from 45 percent to 77 percent


Infection control issues may cost two Detroit hospitals Medicare contracts

CMS warned DMC Harper University Hospital and DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital


Glasgow hospital patient ill with new fungal infection

NHS Greater Glasgow said the likely source is a water leak in a single patient room in the hospital, which has been repaired.


Anesthesia areas have infection control challenges

Several elements of anesthesia practice were identified as problematic


Staff at second Glasgow hospital complained about pigeon droppings

Two patients at another Glasgow hospital died after receiving treatment for a fungal infection linked to pigeon droppings


Cleaning staff at Glasgow hospital with pigeon issues ‘not briefed’ on infection control

The death of a pediatric patient has been linked to pigeon droppings in the facility


Study tracks which healthcare facility workers wash their hands most

Nurses and environmental and food services staffers came out on top


Ebola outbreak expected to continue at least 6 more months

WHO expert links large number of children affected to informal health facilities that are not regulated



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