Infection Control

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

Denver’s Porter Adventist Hospital investigated after alleged sterilization breach

6/20/2018


Healthcare facility environmental services managers share top concerns

Role of the environmental services department in patient care often underestimated

6/19/2018


Pediatric flu death toll highest in nearly a decade

Flu killed 172 children between October and May

6/18/2018


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

6/15/2018


UC San Diego hospital cited for dirty surgical equipment

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

6/14/2018


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

6/13/2018


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

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

6/12/2018


Long-term care facilities need consistent, effective cleaning processes

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

6/11/2018


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

6/8/2018


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

6/8/2018


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

6/7/2018


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

6/6/2018


FDA issues update on agency’s response to Ebola outbreak

FDA using global networks to support international response efforts

6/6/2018


Namibian healthcare 'spotless' after national cleanup

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

6/6/2018


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

6/5/2018


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

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

6/5/2018


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

6/4/2018


Green roofs attract more than good feelings and LEED points

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

6/4/2018


Antimicrobial copper gaining popularity in healthcare facilities

The copper continuously kill 99.9% of infectious bacteria

6/1/2018


Does biohazardous waste get a label or a bag?

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

5/30/2018


Hospital food can carry MRSA, VRE

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

5/30/2018


Reusable medical scopes harbor bacteria after cleaning

More than 70 percent of scopes tested positive for bacteria

5/29/2018


Va. health system works to improve cleaning protocol uniformity

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

5/29/2018


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

5/25/2018


Two more cases of Ebola confirmed in urban area of Congo

Total of three cases confirmed in city of 1 million people

5/24/2018


NIH officials responding to Ebola outbreak

U.S. health experts on ‘high alert’

5/23/2018


Nurses call for use of animals on hospital wards

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

5/22/2018


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

5/21/2018


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

5/21/2018


Reassuring patients about facility cleanliness

Review cleaning procedures and improve whatever needs an upgrade

5/18/2018


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

5/18/2018


Ebola is back in the news — make sure your facility is ready

Healthcare facilities should have a pandemic plan and the staff needs to be familiar with it

5/15/2018


How infection prevention can be improved in healthcare facilities

According to the Field Epidemiology Manual, environment is the main source of infection transmission

5/15/2018


WHO promotes hand hygiene in healthcare facilities

Good hand hygiene, including among patients and health workers helps stop the spread of infection

5/15/2018


Disposable cleaning products can help reduce HAIs

More healthcare facilities are adopting single-use, disposable microfiber cleaning tools

5/14/2018


UV energy can reduce HAIs

To eliminate pathogens from high-touch surfaces, hospitals can incorporate UV disinfection technology

5/14/2018


Flu activity reported down for fourth consecutive week

Only 1 of 10 U.S. regions reported outpatient flu activity at or above region-specific baselines

5/11/2018


Privacy curtains challenge infection control efforts

Most facilities are still using privacy curtains to avoid expensive remodels

5/11/2018


Photos of messy VA hospital exam room go viral

An internal investigation is underway to determine why the vet was placed in a dirty room

5/10/2018


Scabies outbreak kills 93-year-old in Georgia nursing home

Shepherd Hills had multiple scabies outbreaks in recent years and a history of health violations

5/10/2018


S.D. hospital mixing medical waste with common trash

Despite city warnings, healthcare facility still mixing waste types

5/9/2018


Flies in operating rooms force VA hospital to postpone surgeries

West Los Angeles veterans hospital struggling with insect infestation

5/8/2018


1,000 hospitals get a Leapfrog 'C' or worse

Safety and infection control common issues for facilities

5/8/2018


Clean hospitals, hands best tools to reduce C. diff

A new study suggests combining the efforts results in a larger decrease than delivering those interventions on their own

5/7/2018


There's room for improvement in controlling Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease has been on the rise in the United States since 2000

5/4/2018


Hospitals, manufacturers still struggling to clean medical scopes

New study says 71 percent of reusable medical scopes tested positive for bacteria after cleaning

5/4/2018


Two reasons why ambulatory care facilities struggle with infection control standards

The Joint Commission highlights problematic standards for office-based surgery practices

5/4/2018


Study finds most endoscopes contain bacterial growth after reprocessing

Studies suggest current reprocessing methods are ineffective

5/3/2018


How can hand-hygiene compliance be improved?

The CDC says healthcare providers are cleaning their hands less than half as much as they should be

5/3/2018


Monitoring systems support hand-hygiene efforts

New technologies include electronic and video hand hygiene monitoring systems

5/2/2018


Porter Adventist Hospital infection breach linked to human error

The breach came from the tools not being cleaned properly and potentially containing bioburden

4/23/2018


Patients at S.C. hospital develop waterborne bacterial infection after surgery

Twenty-seven women who needed surgery at Roper Hospital in 2016 and 2017 developed a bacterial infection

4/23/2018



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