Infection Control - November 2020

Ultraviolet Light Kills Coronavirus, But Caution Required

Continuous disinfection of surfaces and air would be a desirable outcome, but there is a lot of unknown risk with these solutions


Small Michigan Hospital Braces For COVID

Last week, five of its six ICU beds were filled; one with a COVID patient


Study Tests Effectiveness Of Materials For Face Masks

Researchers tested everything from t-shirts and socks to jeans and vacuum bags


Butte Longterm Care Facility Resorts To Extreme Measures

Some asymptomatic staff members who have tested positive continue working with the COVID-19 positive patients


Cleaning, Sanitizing And Disinfecting

COVID has spurred a new standard for healthcare facility hygiene


Kansas Healthcare Providers With COVID-19 Allowed To Treat Patients

The practice is allowed when facilities face staff shortages


Traveling Healthcare Workers Face Dire COVID Conditions

Caught between hospitals and agencies, workers’ protections are blurred


Michigan Healthcare Facilities Prep For COVID Surge

State’s hospitals prepared to different degrees


Telemedicine Market Growing Rapidly

Remote patient monitoring is one of the primary benefits of telemedicine


Giant Therapy Dog Brings Smiles, Infection Concerns To Ohio Healthcare Facility

Pandemic paused the project for safety reasons


Twin Cities On 'Red Alert' For ICU Beds

ICU bed space is scarce because caregivers own infections or exposures


Mask Stockpiling May Be Hurting Small Healthcare Facilities

Larger healthcare facilities are stockpiling what they can in preparation for future surges


Bacteria On Hospital Floors Suggests Need For Better Infection Control

New study finds floors are a significant, but often overlooked, bacteria source


Containing Infection Risk During Hospital Construction

Early discussion and risk assessment associated are key to minimizing the potential impact


NYC Healthcare Facilities Feel Ready For COVID Resurgence

Hospitals and nursing homes are drawing on lessons learned in the spring


Alaska COVID Alternate Care Sites Ready

Officials remain concerned about staffing


CDC Launches Anti-infection Program for Healthcare Workers

The $180 million program is designed to help stop the spread of pathogens in healthcare facilities


Texas Nursing Homes Violated Infection Control Standards During COVID

According to state records, 556 Texas longterm care facilities violated infection control standards at least 1,435 times between early March and mid-August


Infection Control Training From CDC Supports Existing Efforts

Program targets frontline healthcare workers and could supplement senior living community offerings


Hospital COVID Outbreak May Have Started In Break Room

15 staff members at Mass. hospital tested positive for COVID-19


Texas Hospital’s Face Shield Program Controlling COVID Spread

Researchers have also found the program has reduced overall hospital-acquired infections


Staff-strapped Canadian Nursing Homes Turning To Immigration

Staffing for longterm care facilities called a national issue


Indiana Hospital Fighting COVID With Germ Killing Robots

Reid Health has added three robots to cleaning arsenal in rooms occupied by COVID-19 patients


False Positives in COVID Not A Harmless Mistake

False negatives are not the only problem with faulty coronavirus testing



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