Infection Control

Johns Hopkins evacuated due to possible TB exposure

A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported


Environmental decontamination key to infection control

Surfaces that are clean and adequately disinfected are also a legal requirement


Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures


Fighting environmental infection in long-term care facilities

Thorough facility-wide cleaning and disinfection is often the first line of defense


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, lighting and infection control


C. diff. cases fall 36 percent in Canada's hospitals

Improvements in infection-control measures, such as frequent hand-washing and more frequent, intense cleaning of hospital facilities in the last decade may have contributed


Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections

Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized


Is liquid soap safer than a bar?

The answer is no, according to a Q&A on The New York Times website


Inspection reveals unsanitary conditions at Memphis VA

Soiled furniture and dirty air ducts where food is prepared were found


Fewer hospitals report zero infections

More than 30 percent of hospitals reported no MRSA infections in 2016, compared with about 15 percent in 2017


Chattanooga healthcare facilities ready for Ebola possibility

Staying abreast of what's happening in the world to know what could potentially come into the hospital is key


Investigation finds bone, blood, bugs on Colorado hospital surgical tools

Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital investigated after alleged sterilization breach


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated


Pediatric flu death toll highest in nearly a decade

Flu killed 172 children between October and May


Don't overdo medical waste disposal at healthcare facilities

If staff knows what medical waste actually is, a skilled nursing facility can save time and money


UC San Diego hospital cited for dirty surgical equipment

'Immediate jeopardy' declared at UC San Diego’s Hillcrest campus


Study says asymptomatic C. diff. carriers key source of HAIs

About 19 percent of healthcare-related Clostridium difficile cases at a VA facility were linked to asymptomatic C. diff carriers


Physicians say Mississippi children's hospital has 'pervasive mold and cockroaches'

Exit of 30 physicians from Batson Children's Hospital has sparked litigation, accusations


Long-term care facilities need consistent, effective cleaning processes

Properly cleaning and disinfecting resident rooms and common areas can help reduce disease transmission


Two Kentucky hospitals had more MRSA infections than almost all others in the U.S.

The University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and Norton Healthcare in Louisville each had 40 MRSA bloodstream infections between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017


Hand-washing technology can reduce germs in healthcare restrooms

Healthcare establishments (hospitals, clinics, and doctors' and dentists' offices) cause 41 percent of Americans to have the highest level of germ concerns tied to hand washing


What should LTC facilities do after triclosan hand soaps banned?

On Dec. 20, manufacturers can no longer manufacture and distribute triclosan antibacterial handwashes for the healthcare market


Visitor says she was bitten by bedbugs at Columbus hospital

Woman claims she was bitten as she waited for her friend to recover from surgery


FDA issues update on agency’s response to Ebola outbreak

FDA using global networks to support international response efforts


Namibian healthcare 'spotless' after national cleanup

Roads, schools, clinics, hospitals and open-spaces at villages, towns and cities were spruced up in the campaign


U.S. hospitals monitoring Ebola situation in Africa

An outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has led to a reported 58 cases and 27 deaths


Study finds sharps containers do not contribute to C. diff spread

The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.


CDC issues update on Ebola outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises healthcare providers in the U.S. to continue to get travel history from patients


Green roofs attract more than good feelings and LEED points

There are a number of ways to keep pests to a minimum


Antimicrobial copper gaining popularity in healthcare facilities

The copper continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria


Does biohazardous waste get a label or a bag?

Incorrect waste segregation and labeling are among the most common violations for healthcare facilities


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

The study shows one or more food specimens were positive for pathogens


Reusable medical scopes harbor bacteria after cleaning

More than 70 percent of scopes tested positive for bacteria


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

Sentara Healthcare recently initiated a campaign to assess the practices used to clean patient rooms


How worried should U.S. be about Ebola outbreak?

Patients have turned up in Mbandaka, a city of more than a million on the banks of the Congo River


Two more cases of Ebola confirmed in urban area of Congo

Total of three cases confirmed in city of 1 million people


NIH officials responding to Ebola outbreak

U.S. health experts on ‘high alert’


Nurses call for use of animals on hospital wards

Royal College of Nursing guidance includes information on infection control, allergy considerations


Denver patient says surgery was canceled due to contaminated tools

Porter Adventist patient said doctor had to abort his spinal surgery after discovering 'contaminant' on surgical instruments


New guidelines issued for infection control in GI endoscopy

American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy rules based on a critical review of the most current data


Reassuring patients about facility cleanliness

Review cleaning procedures and improve whatever needs an upgrade


Study ranks Iowa mostly prepared to handle public health emergency

A national study says Iowa's overall health security level is just under the national average



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