Infection Control

Washington hospital screening visitors at front door for flu-like symptoms

Visitors get color-coded tags upon entering facility

2/21/2018


Disinfecting robot can help fight HAIs

Studies demonstrate benefits and explore strategies for use

2/21/2018


Reducing cross-contamination risk in healthcare facilities

Environmental cleaning specialists offer tips to help control infections

2/20/2018


Woman claims OK hospital bathroom was infested with bugs

Hospital staff cleaned the shower with bleach after being alerted to the bugs

2/20/2018


Bed bug histamines persistent in infested areas

New research suggests bed bugs are a medically important threat

2/16/2018


W.Va. healthcare facility postpones surgeries due to sterilization issues

Cabell Huntington Hospital found residue on equipment and surgical trays

2/16/2018


Deadly ‘superbug’ fungus may be spreading

Number of U.S. patients infected with Candida auris has climbed to 200

2/16/2018


Managing healthcare facilities' airborne pathogens

The air is the source of more than one-third of nosocomial infections

2/15/2018


Seamless flooring for low-dust environments

Airborne particles are home to an incredibly diverse population of dust-residing microbes, including not only bacteria and viruses, but also fungi, algae and protozoa

2/15/2018


Are biofilms from hospital shower pipes harmful?

Some new bacteria with characteristics of species known to be harmful were seen

2/14/2018


Improvements for Missouri veterans homes urged

Report says facilities should encourage staff to report problems

2/14/2018


Hospital plumbing a playground for superbugs

Drains can be loaded with dangerous bacteria

2/13/2018


Best conditions for Legionella bacteria growth

Warm tap water with dissolved organic matter supports the growth of biofilms

2/13/2018


Norovirus outbreak among security staff suspected at Olympic Games

The South Korean military has been deployed to cover

2/12/2018


Hospital toilet flushing can spread pathogens

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/12/2018


Hospitals enforce stricter visitation rules during bad flu season

Flu activity in the U.S. has increased for 10 weeks in a row

2/9/2018


S. Korea prepping for potential disease outbreaks at Olympics

Study shows particle concentrations before and after the flush were significantly different

2/9/2018


Hospitalizations for flu nearing 10-year high

The overall hospitalization rate was 51.4 per 100,000 population for the week ending Jan. 27

2/8/2018


Florida nurse's flu rant goes viral

Nurse: 'There is a cesspool of funky flu at the E.R. right now'

2/7/2018


Colorado hospital suspends surgeries due to sterilization problems

Process at Aspen Valley Hospital compromised

2/7/2018


Healthcare facilities taking extra precautions this flu season

Clinics staff members are cleaning bathrooms with microbacterial disinfectant after each patient

2/6/2018


Flu season also taking financial toll on hospitals

Hospital costs are expected to spike because of lower reimbursement rates

2/5/2018


Restroom design working to keep healthcare facilities healthy

Restrooms in healthcare environments are the perfect storm for the spread of infectious disease

2/2/2018


CDC says deadly flu season has a way to go

Based on the latest data, the flu season may not have peaked yet

1/31/2018


Healthcare facilities slammed by flu treating patients in tents

Hospitals are asking staff to work overtime, setting up triage tents, restricting visitors and canceling elective surgeries

1/29/2018


Chicago hospitals dealing with worst flu season in a decade

Hospitals stocking more hand sanitizer and implementing stricter visitor policies

1/25/2018


Judge orders new superbug trial for Olympus

Court said manufacturer didn't properly disclose safety concerns

1/24/2018


How the government slowed flu response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention furloughed staff

1/23/2018


Hospital-based sleep labs moving toward disposables

Shift linked to increased focus on hospital infection control

1/18/2018


CDC back-burners nuclear war prep to focus on the flu epidemic

Briefing on preparation for nuclear war postponed

1/17/2018


State judge denies link between forced-air warming and infection

Minnesota lawsuits that allege that the Bair Hugger forced-air warmer caused deep joint infections are dismissed

1/17/2018


Joint Commission will now cite individual hand-hygiene failures

Hand hygiene is widely considered to be the most important intervention for preventing hospital-acquired infections

1/17/2018


Legionnaires’ risk can't be eliminated at Illinois VA home

13 people have died of Legionnaires’ disease at Quincy healthcare facility

1/16/2018


How hospitals safely dispose of infectious fluid waste

Proper waste disposal practices are a crucial part of a safe working environment

1/15/2018


Oregon hospital lauded for infection-control efforts

Portland Business Journal named Samaritan Albany General Hospital the least infected facility among 61 hospitals in the state for 2016

1/12/2018


Fresno VA facility tested for Legionnaires'

Residents, staff and visitors at the Veterans Home are getting bottled water

1/12/2018


Recent and ongoing outbreaks listed

Regions of the United States have experienced outbreaks caused by bacteria and viruses in recent months

1/11/2018


Most US cooling towers contain Legionella bacteria

Study finds Legionella bacteria is percent in 84 precent of towers

1/9/2018


Remembering Ebola two years later

Are healthcare facilities prepared for another outbreak?

1/8/2018


New Orleans healthcare facility deploys infection-fighting robots

The robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms

1/8/2018


Infections are common in nursing homes, punishment is not

Repeat citations are common, fines are rare

1/8/2018


London Hospital allows horse to visit patient before Christmas

Horse's box was parked in an ambulance bay and the horse rode the elevator up 13 floors

1/4/2018


Spanish hospital wins battle with two superbugs

From July to October 2015, the infection control team identified a surge in cases of patients infected or colonized with OXA-48-PE or MRAB.

1/4/2018


Belfast children's hospital cited for water safety problems

A series of failings have been uncovered at Northern Ireland's regional children's hospital

1/4/2018



Study says thinking about germs makes people concerned about their appearance

Findings suggest that the possibility of contagion activates the 'behavioral immune system'

1/3/2018


Nashville VA deploys germ-zapping robots

Studies have found the VA to be more aggressive at controlling infection rates than other large hospital systems

12/29/2017



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