Infection Control - September 2019

VA regional director on leave after dying Georgia veteran found covered in ant bites

VA announced a series of changes at the assisted-living facility


WHO raises concerns over possible unreported Ebola cases in Tanzania

Tanzania has not shared ebola tests so they can be validated at an outside laboratory


N.Y. hospital restricts access due to bedbugs

Glens Falls Hospital restricts Cancer Center's outpatient area


Environmental service department leaders urged to embrace change

Change and innovation are at the forefront in healthcare


Should facility laundries 'own' infection prevention textiles?

Infection prevention microfiber textile products should no longer be purchased and owned by environmental services, article says


Candida auris cases approaching 800

There have been 769 confirmed and 30 probable cases


Laundry operations need to balance caregiving, cleanliness, costs

Choosing equipment depends on a variety of factors


Candida auris found at Brooklyn nursing home

There have been 881 confirmed cases in N.Y. with nearly 200 deaths


Some hospital cleaning methods can

Spores grow on gowns, other surfaces


4 more Legionnaires' cases at Illinois senior facility

There are now 12 confirmed cases of Legionnaires' disease have been reported at Batavia facility


Nursing homes feeding Candida Auris

Cleaning up America's nursing homes should be a priority


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria


Cancer patient forced to stop chemo early because of rare hospital infection

Three children had contracted infections while being treated for cancer at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Electrostatic sprayers can help control infections, save time

Machines allow janitors to sanitize and disinfect high touchpoints every day


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections


Four cases of Legionnaires’ confirmed at Illinois retirement facility

Legionnaires' disease outbreak in Batavia is being investigated


Ebola outbreak surpasses 3,000 cases

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 2,000 deaths


FDA says healthcare facilities should use safer scopes

Agency suggests companies make disposable versions


CDC report: More than 750 C. auris cases in U.S.

The number of confirmed cases hit 725 (with 30 more probable) as of June 30


Dogs in Vancouver hospital can sniff out C. diff

The dogs identified C. diff on medical equipment and in linen carts, hospital beds, waiting areas, and staff lockers


California hospital closes labor and delivery unit because of mold

The hospital discovered the mold July 18 in a nutrition room


Often overlooked "un-washable” surfaces in healthcare facilities harbor bacteria

The system will generate 2.4 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean, renewable power per year



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