Infection Control - January 2020

China's new coronavirus hospital half done in four days

The hospital is expected to take its first patients on February 3


China says coronavirus can spread before symptoms show

The CDC says there is no clear evidence that patients are infectious before symptom onset


Ebola virus, Lassa fever can be treated without infecting healthcare personnel

'Meticulous' implementation of infection control and clinical biosafety practices needed


Economic analyst says the worst has yet to come with coronavirus

The number of new infections is still on the rise


U.S. readiness for a viral outbreak better, but needs improvement

The U.S. has made progress in preparedness since Ebola


Snakes could be the source of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Virus linked to the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra


Chinese city plans to build coronavirus hospital in days

Wuhan is constructing a 1,000-bed facility with prefab buildings


Coronavirus death toll jumps to more than 80, five US cases confirmed

New coronavirus has been identified in Arizona, California, Illinois and Washington state


Cardinal Health recalls 9 million surgical gowns

About 7.7 million were distributed to 2,807 facilities across the country


Facts about the coronavirus outbreak

The respiratory infection originated in Wuhan, China


US government just cut funding for the hospitals that deal with outbreaks

Hospitals are unlikely to invest the necessary resources to prepare for somewhat improbable events


Gaps found in Canadian hospitals’ preparedness for C. auris

The first multidrug-resistant case of the illness was reported in the country in 2017


CDC estimates flu has killed 6,600 in U.S.

The overall flu-associated hospitalization rate is in line with trends seen during this time last season


Integrated infection prevention is essential for protecting patients

A growing number of clinical studies have demonstrated that “no-touch” technologies are effective in reducing bacterial contamination of surfaces and can reduce colonization/infection in patients admitted to these hospital rooms


UV light fights germs on mobile devices

Ultraviolet rays kill nearly 100% of bacteria found on mobile devices in healthcare settings


At least five patients with Wuhan coronavirus reported in U.S.

A man in Washington State is infected with the new respiratory virus, and there are more possible


Pa. health system cancels surgeries due to surgical gown issues

Cardinal Health warned customers that some of its surgical gowns may not be sterile


Copper surfaces reduce hand transmission in eldercare

Researchers investigated outbreaks in a nursing home


Copper beds cut surface bacteria

On average, copper beds harbored 94 percent fewer bacteria than conventional beds


N.Y. nursing home cited after maggots found in patient wound

Premier Genesee Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was not fined


Calif. hospital sets up overflow tent for flu patients

California seeing more flu cases than normal


Dealing with the problem of dirty sinks

How clean can your washed hands really be if the sink is contaminated?


Adopting EVS cleaning practices in skilled nursing facilities

The presence of more higher-acuity patients has led to greater danger from infections


Probe: Hospital used OR without HEPA filter when infant got sick

Other operating rooms at the hospital had HEPA filters


Best practices for cleaning, disinfection

Cleaning, disinfecting critical to prevention of hospital-acquired infections


CDC: Flu case total nears 10 million

The flu has already killed 4,800 this season


Presence of pan-resistant C. auris growing in New York

A total of 427 of 911 nationwide confirmed cases are found in New York


Science teacher's experiment illustrates need for hand hygiene

Soap and water had positive results


Door selection can impact infection control

Touchless doors can help stop the spread of germs and bacteria


Pa. hospital criticized for 'systemic' failures

An investigation found unsanitary equipment, dirty linens on the floors


Study: ICU patients’ hands carry pathogens

Hand hygiene important for patients as well as healthcare workers


Pa. hospital where preemies died didn’t sanitize breast milk equipment

State health department ordered Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to correct several deficiencies


Missouri hospital ordered to stop performing surgery

Regulators conducted an inspection at Pinnacle Regional Hospital and cited it for sterile processing procedures


Five hospitals' mold issues making headlines

A number of healthcare facilities have detected molds in their facilities over the past year


Pediatric flu death toll highest in 17 years

CDC says 27 pediatric deaths have occurred so far this season


Strain B influenza appearing earlier than usual this flu season

Strain A usually occurs around late December and early January


Case of Legionnaires' Disease reported at Illinois Veterans Home

The facility is reviewing water quality data


Infection control issues temporarily shut down Utah hospital's operating room

A health department report said the hospital failed to provide a sanitary environment


Dry indoor air linked to higher infection rates

When air is dry, droplets and skin flakes carrying viruses and bacteria travel through the air


U.S. flu season on pace to surpass 2017-18

The 2017-18 season was the worst in decades


Data shows hundreds of Aspergillus infections at Wash. hospitals

Hospitals say they’re not the source


Ebola protection program expiring

The program supports efforts to quickly identify and isolate infected people


Study tracks MRSA and S aureus in nursing homes

The presence of S aureus was 28.6 percent and of MRSA and MSSA, 20.1 percent


CDC says US Candida auris cases rose by 100 in two months

The number of infections increased by 105 from Aug. to Oct.


Study says patients often bring C. Diff in with them

The study suggested hospitals should try to identify carriers of C. diff to prevent the spread on infection


Flu cases reach 4.6 million

2,100 deaths reported


Study links psychological safety, infection prevention efforts

Thirty-eight percent of responding hospitals had high levels of psychological safety


3.7 million flu cases reported by mid December

The CDC says there have 32,000 hospitalizations and 1,800 deaths


Operating room material choices must address infection control needs

Materials and finishes in the OR—particularly walls and flooring—are an important part of creating a safe environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Survey links psychological safety and infection prevention practices

Psychological safety refers to the shared belief that team members are safe when speaking up or making mistakes



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