Infection Control - May 2019

Telemedicine company launched to focus on infectious disease

Infectious Disease Connect will seek to reduce transfers and allow the treatment of patients with infectious diseases in their own communities


Sanitizer uses ultraviolet rays to kill viruses on mobile devices

Studies have found that 94 percent of cell phones used by hospital staff carry contaminants


Study: Hand-hygiene signs not working in healthcare facilities

Researchers placed placards near soap and alcohol-based hand-rub dispensers in two hospital units


Seattle Children's Hospital operating rooms shut down because of fungus

Air tests detected Aspergillus in several operating rooms and equipment storage rooms


Healthcare facilities changing how they fight superbugs

Drug-resistant strains of Staphylococcus, Enterobacteriaceae and Clostridium difficile have been overcoming antibiotics


New factor that can influence spread of legionella found

Legionella can proliferate less efficiently in amoebae if they contain endosymbionts


C diff. transmitted through non-critical items

Report says proper disinfection of tools is crucial


Agencies investigating Legionnaires' case at McLaren Flint

Hospital officials acknowledging that a patient may have acquired the disease at the facility


Study: Outside temperature impacts pathogens in climate-controlled ICUs

The outside temperature can influence the indoor temperature


An emergency declaration over Ebola could make things worse

The Ebola outbreak in the Congo is challenging the world's capacity to respond


Heathcare facility floors getting more attention in infection control efforts

Disposable mops may cut down on contamination


WHO worried about risk of Ebola spread

The death total in the outbreak is 1,105 and response teams are still investigating 310 suspected Ebola cases


Officials at Chinese hospital fired over poor infection control after five baby deaths

The babies died after contracting an infection caused by Echovirus 11, a type of intestinal virus


University of Texas new biocontainment care unit is prepared for the next Ebola outbreak

Specialty unit is among 10 U.S. regional centers for highly infectious diseases


Study: Few healthcare workers know hand-washing guidelines

Study found that workers performed hand hygiene 35 percent of the time.


VA finds officials covered up Legionella at Loma Linda hospital

Staff members said they were not informed of bacteria discovery


NY dedicates statue to handwashing champion

Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis saw the benefits of handwashing in 1847


Research finds healthcare facility privacy curtains can pose threat to patients

University of Michigan researchers looked at the prevalence of curtains contaminated in skilled nursing facility rooms.


Michigan Legionnaires' cases up in 2018, but death rates drop

The state experienced a 67 percent increase from 2017


Candida auris cases confirmed in Maryland

Fungal infection has been confirmed in 12 U.S. states


Study finds disinfection devices in ICU sinks effective against superbugs

Researchers placed devices on sink siphons that applied heat and electromechanical vibration


Senator urges feds to declare emergency over Candida auris

Schumer is asking the federal government to allocate millions of dollars to fighting the fungus


Experts fear disaster as Ebola outbreak threatens to escalate

Ongoing violence aimed at the Ebola response workers is undermining efforts to stop the virus' spread


Specific environmental strategies needed in infection control

World Health Organization publishes priority pathogens list


Concerns raised that some new hospitals not built to prevent infection

Some members of Parliament say Scotland's hospitals are not being built to a high enough standard


Candida auris cases in U.S. top 600

Illinois, New Jersey and New York have most of the cases


Outbreak incident in Israel teaches value of infection control

Clean care key to dealing with health emergencies


Superbugs make hand-washing even more important

Annually, drug-resistant germs infect around 2 million Americans and kill more than 20,000


Congo sets daily record with 23 new Ebola cases

A surge of cases often happens after attacks on the Ebola response


Candida auris could spread to 13th state

There are hundreds of cases in surrounding areas


Two Legionnaires’ cases reported at Chicago hospital

Mercy has begun flushing its water system, and will alter or replace water fixtures and place filters on sinks


Hospitals are boosting hygiene practices to fight superbugs

One of the best ways to prevent ransomware attacks is to educate employees


Legionnaires' disease found in facilities adjacent to California prison hospital

Tests found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in Stockton and at two neighboring youth correctional facilities


Flu season longest in 10 years

The U.S. has experienced 21 consecutive weeks of elevated flu activity


Research says non-sporicidal wipes effective against Candida Auris

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of sporicidal disinfectants


Two reasons why ambulatory care facilities struggle with infection control standards

The Joint Commission highlights problematic standards for office-based surgery practices


Can we build better airborne isolation rooms?

Measles outbreaks bring question to forefront


Cleaning robots could curb spread of 'superbug fungus' in Pa, hospital

Chambersburg Hospital has used UV robots since 2017 in the final step of the cleaning process


Location-based technologies: A complete infection control solution

With RTLS solutions, healthcare organizations can track hand hygiene compliance and noncompliance events


Calif. investigating Legionnaires' outbreak at prison hospital

One inmate has died and a second inmate tested positive for the bacteria


Study: Hospital workers can unknowingly spread the flu

Infection control measures in hospitals may be inadequate


Repeated wearing of clothes increases bacteria for healthcare workers

Level jumps fourfold when clothes are worn more than one shift



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