Infection Control

Flu Season During Coronavirus Pandemic Raises New Questions

Flu patients can take up resources

9/25/2020


Washington Hospital Fixes Water Issue After Two Weeks

The water issue affected sterilization of surgical instruments

9/25/2020


Lessons From Ebola

Healthcare professionals have learned a great deal about creating effective care environments that allow for the safe treatment of patients with EVD and other infectious diseases

9/25/2020


Florida Assisted-Living Facilities No Longer Required To Test Staff For COVID

Federal guidelines require nursing homes to continue testing

9/23/2020


Tackling the Pandemic with Environmental Monitoring

The benefits of temperature and environmental monitoring are twofold

9/23/2020


CDC Reverses Guidelines On Testing People Exposed To Covid-19

People who have had close contact with someone infected with the coronavirus, but who have not exhibited symptoms are now recommended to be tested

9/22/2020


Coronavirus Could Make Touchless Restrooms a Must

No longer a nice-to-have, touchless restroom fixtures may curb infections from commercial restrooms

9/22/2020


Columbus Surge Hospital In Storage For Now

The hospital at the Greater Columbus Convention Center has been disassembled

9/22/2020


Nursing Home Workers Who Work At Multiple Facilities May Be Behind Some Of COVID Spread

Florida facilities continue to see cases despite lockdown

9/21/2020


Containing Healthcare Costs in the New COVID Normal

Navigating pandemic-induced financial strain to reduce expenses

9/21/2020


Mass. Hospital Keeping COVID Transmissions at Nearly Zero

The Boston hospital has dedicated COVID-19 units with airborne infection isolation rooms

9/21/2020


UVC Disinfectant Not Easy to Use

UVC radiation disinfect requires many protocols to use safely

9/21/2020


Some Hospitals Fail To Separate COVID-19 Patients

Combining patients can fuel its spread

9/21/2020


Spray-On PPE Is Being Developed

The product would be used once a day and administered by a shelf-stable inhaler or nasal spray

9/18/2020


Material Shortages Hinders Mask Manufacturing

Meltblown textile is needed to make N95 masks

9/18/2020


Laundry Practices A Key Part Of Infection Control

It’s an area that’s underappreciated in eldercare

9/17/2020


Access Control Strategies Can Help Curb Coronavirus Spread

Facility managers can turn to a number of solutions, ranging from no-tech to low-tech to high-tech

9/17/2020


Nursing Facilities Can Be Hotbeds For Bacteria

Infection control protocols are key to preventing spread

9/17/2020


Water Chemistry Issues Suspend Surgeries At Washington Hospital

The water issue is affecting sterilization

9/16/2020


Green Cleaning During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Facilities should pay attention about to what’s in their cleaning products

9/16/2020


Decontamination May Solve Mask Shortage

With cold and flu season around the corner, new PPE shortages are feared

9/15/2020


Legionella At D.C. VA Hospital Cuts Off Water

The water was flushed and the water heated to eradicate any possible legionella bacteria

9/15/2020


Five Reasons Validated Water-Management Programs Are More Critical Than Ever

Many healthcare facilities may have experienced changes in their occupancy and water usage

9/15/2020


N95 Masks Still Being Rationed At Minnesota Hospitals

State has more than 1 million masks in storage

9/14/2020


HAIs May Be Rising Amid Pandemic

COVID-19 has stretched the workforce of infection experts, possibly increasing hospital-acquired infections

9/14/2020


Dozens Of Maryland Nursing Homes Cited For Infection Control Lapses

Ten have faced significant fines based on the inspection surveys, from $70,000 to $380,000

9/14/2020


Idaho Nursing Homes Visited By State Inspectors With COVID-19

Inspectors didn't know they were infected

9/11/2020


Whitepaper: How to Select Electrostatic Technology

Whitepaper identifies four critical elements to evaluate

9/11/2020


Two Initiatives to Enhance Your Infection Prevention Programs

There are steps that you can take in two key areas — instrument processing and contact tracing — that can help enhance your infection prevention program

9/11/2020


Pandemic Increases Importance of Infection Control Efforts

COVID-19 has increased the chance of infection for in-center dialysis patients

9/11/2020



How to Keep Healthcare Construction Sites – and Patients – Safe and Healthy During a Pandemic

During the pandemic, we’re focusing on strengthening these longstanding procedures

9/10/2020


Canadian Healthcare Facilities Seeing Resistance To In-Hospital Masking

Altercations witnessed when visitors are asked to wear mask in Alberta facility

9/9/2020


IPs and EVS Work Best Together With Give-And-Take

The COVID pandemic is bringing them teams together to discuss maintaining supplies of cleaning and disinfecting

9/9/2020


COVID-19 Could Change Enhanced Assisted Living

Some assisted living providers are reevaluating their healthcare offerings

9/9/2020


Return-to-School Issues Can Offer Lessons For Healthcare Facilities

Community living environments, such as universities and skilled nursing facilities, are challenging

9/8/2020


More Scrutiny Sought For Florida Coronavirus Isolation Centers

Some of the nursing homes have been cited for infection control issues

9/8/2020


Balancing Infection Control With Green-Cleaning Efforts

There are good sustainable alternatives out there if healthcare professionals are 'willing to open their eyes and take a look'

9/8/2020


One In Eight UK Patients Caught COVID In Hospital

Researchers said that was a relatively low rate

9/4/2020


Two Twin Cities Hospitals Hit With OSHA Penalties Over COVID-19

United, North Memorial fined for PPE, staff-safety violations

9/3/2020


California Hospital Workers Say They're Not Being Protected

Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020


Temporary Hospitals Have Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Ad hoc COVID-19 medical centers are often remote and security is often a lower priority

9/2/2020


Some Healthcare Workers Need Convincing To Wear Masks

Some healthcare workers still believe COVID is a farce or it doesn't really exist

9/1/2020


Baltimore-Area Hospitals Easing Visitor Restrictions

Some visitors are being encouraged to stay in the hospital rather than come and go

9/1/2020


India Deploys Portable, Foldable Covid Hospital

Facility can be set up in a few hours by fewer than five people

8/31/2020


Mobile COVID Clinical Trial Travels To Nursing Homes

An experimental drug to halt sudden outbreaks is being tested

8/31/2020


Many Doctors Say Pandemic Won't Be Contained Until June

Eighty-six percent of physicians said COVID-19 won't be under control until at least January 2021

8/28/2020


Report: Nursing Homes Facing Severe Staffing And Protective Equipment Shortages

Report includes results from a new national database containing 98 percent of U.S. nursing homes

8/28/2020


Legionella May Be COVID-19 Reopening Risk

Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for waterborne pathogens, like legionella. Here's how to reduce the risk

8/28/2020


Study: Children With Covid May Be More Contagious Than Adults

Infected children had significantly higher levels of virus in their airways

8/27/2020


CMS to Resume Routine Nursing Home Inspections

Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume

8/27/2020


Connecticut Report Says Nursing Home Staff Should Not Work In Multiple Facilities

The report also said that facilities assign staff to the same units and schedule longer shifts to cut down on departures and arrivals

8/27/2020


What to Know about Germicidal Lighting And Coronavirus

Fighting pathogens with lighting is not new, but can be tricky

8/26/2020


Infographic: How To Clean Different Mats

Choosing the proper products can makes cleaning more efficient

8/26/2020


N.C. Hospital Launches Drone Delivery Service

The drones transport medicines and personal protective equipment

8/26/2020



Strike Teams Deployed To Combat Covid-19 in Nursing Homes

States are sending teams to help with outbreaks

8/25/2020


N.J. Hospitals Install Temperature Screening System for COVID-19

Alerts from thermal imaging cameras can be sent instantly to medical staff or security personnel

8/25/2020


COVID Patient Cohorting Can Come With Challenges

There are a number of considerations when planning patient-care arrangements during a pandemic

8/24/2020


N.Y. Hospital Sets Up Outdoor Visits For Elderly Patients

Rome Memorial Hospital helping its residents reconnect

8/21/2020


Flu Season With COVID Uncharted Territory For Healthcare Facilities

Things could be complicated because there’s going to be no way to distinguish between the two — without better testing capabilities

8/21/2020


Texas COVID Recovery Centers Ready For Patients

State’s largest recovery centers located at Casa de Amistad and the McAllen Convention Center

8/21/2020


VA To Welcome Volunteers Back to Healthcare Facilities

Some volunteer roles will be new, modified, virtual or remain paused

8/20/2020


Monitoring Feedback Recommended For Hand-Hygiene Programs

Monitoring hand-hygiene performance and providing personnel with feedback is key

8/20/2020


Report Links Spike In New Nursing Home COVID Cases To Community Spread

The report shows these cases increased in July after having dropped in June

8/19/2020


Best Practices for Healthcare Data Collection During COVID-19 and Beyond

Every COVID-19 case offers an opportunity to learn

8/19/2020


Study: Cleaning COVID Hospital Rooms Requires Contact Precautions

Education about infection prevention and maintaining adequate supplies of personal protective equipment was emphasized

8/19/2020


Proper Handling and Laundering of Bed Linen Can Help Curb Infection

Fabrics are sometimes overlooked as a potential source of healthcare-acquired infection

8/14/2020


Study: Healthcare Workers Of Color Nearly Twice As Likely To Get COVID

They were also more likely to care for COVID-19 patients and report having PPE issues

8/14/2020


Keeping Facility Ice Machines Clean and Safe

Ice machines can become contaminated with bacterial and viruses. These pathogens are often introduced by a person using the ice machine – not the machine itself.

8/14/2020


Hospitals Tracking COVID-19 With Sensors On Employee Badges

If a patient or staffer is diagnosed with the virus, the sensor system can pull up a map that shows who might have been in close proximity

8/13/2020


National Guard Helping Ease Long-Term Care Facilities’ Staffing Issues

National Guard members are also help run COVID-19 testing sites

8/13/2020


Preparing Healthcare Facilities for the Next Crisis

Facilities must ensure the health of patients outside of COVID, and be more prepared for the next emergency

8/13/2020


Consider Coronavirus, Hygiene Issues WIth Restrooms Upgrades

Upgrades should adapting to the pandemic, while improving productivity of custodial staff and reducing costs

8/13/2020


California Hospitals Expect To Face PPE Shortage For Next 2 Years

Hospitals across the state describe growing PPE shortages

8/11/2020


Longterm Impact From COVID-19 Expected For Senior Facilities

Facility design will need to enable residents to be smarter about living together

8/11/2020


Study: Coronavirus Lingers on Shared Medical Equipment

Research doesn’t say whether this could lead to virus transmission

8/11/2020


Orlando Hospitals Remind Public That Medical Facilities Are Not Hurricane Shelters

Facilities stress the point this year because of social distancing needs

8/10/2020


Study Said Healthcare Workers Wearing PPE Still Have Three Times The COVID-19 Risk

Minority workers have an even greater risk, the study said. Minority care providers were five times more likely to contract Covid-19 than white colleagues.

8/10/2020


Hospitals Prepare For Hurricane Season During Pandemic

COVID-19 has many hospitals planning to shelter in place

8/10/2020


Georgia Reopens Temporary Hospital in Atlanta To Deal With Covid Surge

The Georgia World Congress Center facility has a 120-bed capacity

8/7/2020


Use Of Domestic Medical Suppliers More Expensive

Johns Hopkins VP says 40-cent surgical gowns now cost $9

8/7/2020


Pennsylvania Nursing Homes' Second COVID-19 Wave Linked To Mistakes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects a second wave to start in the fall, during the traditional flu season, but the increase seen in Pennsylvania has begin early

8/6/2020


Healthcare FMs Challenged with Unified Response for Facilities Nationwide

Varied responses offer an opportunity to learn and share best practices across geographies that much more quickly

8/6/2020


FEMA Sends Gowns Without Arm Holes And Strapless Masks To Care Homes

$134 million shipment to frontline workers included ‘glorified garbage bag gowns’

8/6/2020


California Hospital Weathering Supply Chain Challenges

Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital’s parent company acquired stake in PPE manufacturer

8/6/2020


Interior Design Choices Can Support Infection Prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning

8/6/2020


South Carolina Hospital Installing Tents As It Deals With COVID-19 Patients

Regional Medical Center Orangeburg Hospital is also preparing for the upcoming hurricane season

8/5/2020


Puerto Rico Lacks Hospital To Survive COVID-19

Puerto Rico has a surge in COVID-19 infections

8/4/2020


Hand Hygiene Even More Important in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Healthcare facilities must sustain the gains achieved during the pandemic

8/4/2020



Tenn. Hospitals Preparing Extra Space If Needed For Covid-19 Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations are hitting new highs in the region

8/3/2020


Contact Tracing Gets Real

Hospitals and clinics look to location based intelligence (LBI) for fully automated, real-time contact and contagion tracking

8/3/2020


NICUs Facing Unique Challenges During Covid

A patient is labor is not going to be asked to wear a mask

8/3/2020


Germicidal Technologies Can Reduce Hospital Airborne Pathogens

UV-C energy can fortify hospital defenses against infectious diseases by reducing their concentrations without increasing their resistance to medicines

8/1/2020


Florida opens its first mobile hospital

The state is providing staff and equipment for the unit

7/31/2020


Building infection prevention programs at longterm care

Addressing the risk and not just the treatment of infection can save money, too

7/31/2020


COVID-19 infecting patients inside healthcare facilities

5,142 patients in the US reported to be infected with coronavirus inside a hospital.

7/31/2020


National Guard raises tents outside South Carolina hospital

As of mid July, 84 percent of Orangeburg County’s hospital beds were occupied

7/30/2020


How McCormick Place became Chicago's alternate care site

The convention center was converted to a 3,000-bed hospital

7/30/2020


California hospitals get help with staffing shortages from military

A total of 160 Air Force healthcare professionals are working in five hospitals

7/29/2020


Connecticut Guard helps inspect longterm care facilities

Support from the Guard has enabled the DPH to inspect more longterm care facilities more frequently

7/28/2020


Masks, gowns shortage to leave hospital workers exposed

Without federal guidance, states must compete for products

7/28/2020


Nursing home infection prevention should be group effort

Environmental services and facilities management staffs need to work together

7/27/2020


Meeting the needs of non-Covid patients

Healthcare facilities must manage patients with time-sensitive and medically complex conditions

7/27/2020


Pandemic increases union activity among hospital workers

The main concerns are adequate staffing and PPE

7/27/2020


Idaho hospital steps up its cleaning efforts for Covid

The hospital now uses electrostatic sprayers and a hydrogen peroxide-based dry fog

7/27/2020



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