Infection Control

Honda, GM producing hand sanitizer for healthcare facilities

An apparatus designed to manufacture the electrodes used in the fuel cells has been repurposed

7/2/2020


Preparation for entering the next pandemic with copper and other automatic door solutions

It is critical for public spaces to implement solutions to prevent escalating virus spread as they re-open in the new normal

7/2/2020


GEMA, Georgia National Guard moving makeshift hospital for potential second wave

Seventy-six beds will be set up in the Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Milledgeville

7/1/2020


California hospital suspends admission of non-Coronavirus patients after surge of staff cases

The facility has been preparing for this type of surge since the pandemic began

6/30/2020


Cleanroom requirements and classifications for healthcare facilities

Cleanroom facilities provide an essential barrier against the spread of contaminants and disease in the healthcare sector

6/30/2020


Assisted living facilities running low on PPE equipment

Many facilities said they have less than a two-week supply of specific PPE

6/30/2020


California long-term care facilities build booths for visits

Families visit loved ones through Plexiglas during pandemic lockdown

6/26/2020


Infection preventionists are preparing for COVID’s second wave

Part of the process are education and establishing plans

6/26/2020


R.I. hospital using disinfecting units to fight coronavirus

The units use disinfecting solution effective against COVID-19

6/26/2020


A sustained response to COVID-19 depends on key capabilities

Kaiser Permanente put together a checklist to manage a pandemic

6/25/2020


How access control technology is being used in the pandemic

Technology is being used to help eliminate common touch points, isolate infected patients

6/25/2020


Unions say mask decontamination endangers healthcare workers

N95 respirators used by clinical workers are complicated safety devices and are meant to be disposable, according to an expert

6/24/2020


Pittsburgh company repurposing industrial masks to use against Covid-19

Elastomeric masks cost more upfront, but they can be cleaned and reused for years, with the filter replaced monthly

6/24/2020


Outsourcing: Going from 'housekeeping' to 'environmental services'

Professional environmental services make a science of cleaning

6/24/2020


Senior living facilities applying Covid’s infection-control lessons long term

Procedures have come under scrutiny during the pandemic

6/23/2020


Healthcare facility design can impact infection control

Environmental services should participate in the design process

6/22/2020


Lessons learned in pandemic offer opportunities for change

Telehealth became more common with significant advances in the last 10 weeks

6/19/2020


Cleaning machines may be smart investment for healthcare facilities

It is important that floor-cleaning machines be employed whether or not an imminent threat is already present

6/19/2020


Purdue University startup creates bedside hand-washing system

Project Process created a portable bedside sink

6/18/2020


Pennsylvania orders stricter COVID-19 protections for hospital workers

The measures include staff members in housekeeping services, dietary services and maintenance

6/18/2020


VA not prepared for second virus wave

Agency says it lacks adequate medical gear

6/18/2020


Sanitizing, stockpiling and communication helps keep nursing home stay COVID-free

Some of these steps happened before the U.S. entered its lockdown phase

6/18/2020


Environmental survey shows how HAIs often start

The researchers sampled 179 sites including sink traps, pulse oximeters, and door handles

6/18/2020


FDA updates rules on cleaning N95 masks

Some made In China should not be reused

6/17/2020


Children in care at risk for coronavirus

Many have been locked down since late February facing isolation with strict social-distancing measures

6/17/2020


N.Y. initiative boosts cleaning in longterm care facilities

Daily, discharge cleaning show improvements

6/16/2020


Alabama doctor invents hand-sanitizer-dispensing wristband

The device could be helpful in combating illnesses commonly spread by hand, such as the flu, the common cold and food poisoning

6/16/2020


Healthcare design can help prevent infection spread in restrooms

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for better design in restrooms

6/15/2020


WHO says there’s a second outbreak of Ebola in Congo

Country already battling COVID-19 and measles

6/12/2020


CDC updates COVID guidance for assisted living communities

The update provides recommendations on infection reporting, visitor restrictions and group activities

6/11/2020


North Carolina using drones in Covid-19 response

Novant Health received a temporary waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly the drones

6/10/2020


Georgia student creating COVID-19 protective equipment

The equipment is made using a water-jet machining process

6/9/2020


Nursing home workers face risks during coronavirus

A third of Covid deaths in the U.S. have been in longterm care facilities

6/9/2020


COVID-19 increases importance of hand hygiene

Proper hand hygiene training called the number one way to reduce the spread of illnesses and viruses

6/9/2020


Elastomeric masks may be an alternative N-95s

Elastomeric masks used with a P100 filter provides 99.97 percent respiratory protection

6/8/2020


Strategies for effective healthcare facility management in the time of COVID-19

To support healthcare workers and limit the spread of the virus in care facilities, the impact of identifying critical areas that need support such as HVAC, fire systems, security, and building automation systems is underestimated

6/8/2020


Drones are delivering medical supplies and PPE in North Carolina

It may be the longest-range drone delivery service that’s been approved in the U.S.

6/8/2020


CDC reports pandemic has killed close to 300 U.S. healthcare workers

More than 60,000 workers have been infected

6/5/2020


Iowa manufacturer turns ceiling panels into intubation shields

The acrylic and polycarbonate sheets used were turned into medical equipment

6/5/2020


How nursing homes can bolster infection control

Infection control in skilled nursing facilities has come under scrutiny

6/3/2020


Facilities could be liable if healthcare personnel test positive for coronavirus

If an employee tests positive for coronavirus they contracted while working, or they unknowingly brought the disease to work and infected others, employers can be held liable for a workers’ compensation claim

6/2/2020


How Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is working to keeping facility safe

The hospital is encouraging families not to delay needed care for their children

6/1/2020


Longterm care facilities face challenges battling Covid 19

One of these challenges is the continued struggle to keep PPE in stock

6/1/2020


Creating an N95 mask disinfection facility for less Than $15,000

Health system is offering a free instruction manual

5/29/2020



Houston hospital installs touchless temperature cameras

The cameras can scan whoever crosses their path, alerting users instantly if an elevated temperature is present

5/29/2020


A million N95 masks is not what it used to be

In normal, pre-Covid-19 times, that would be a large supply. Now, not so much.

5/28/2020


Aspergillus mold discovered again at Seattle Children’s hospital

The hospital has had mold issues for nearly 20 years and has been linked to seven deaths

5/28/2020


Mattresses choices can help with COVID-19 infection control

Many healthcare facilities use porous mattresses that may allow the virus to enter the medium and contaminate them

5/28/2020


Cleaning for healthy workplaces during pandemic

Focus on cleaning and disinfecting common areas where staff and others providing services might come into contact with ill persons

5/28/2020


Equipment and environment need infection control attention

Coronavirus can remain on surfaces long after a patient infects a certain area or item

5/28/2020


Lessons From South Korea on the role of infection control in flattening the curve

South Korea has incorporated hospital infection control as a core component of its national COVID-19 containment strategy

5/27/2020


The CDC releases official reopening guidelines

Document came about two weeks after the White House reportedly tabled the guidelines

5/26/2020


N.C.’s pandemic medical shelter to go dormant but won’t be dismantled

The shelter can be made ready to take patients within four or five days

5/26/2020


Infection prevention and control in the hospitals of Wuhan

Shelter hospitals have higher risks of nosocomial infection than general hospitals

5/26/2020


Hospitals use online matchmakers to exchange supplies

Online platforms have emerged to match hospitals that need masks, gowns and ventilators with those that have extras

5/22/2020


Hospital procedural change blamed for 6 nurses testing positive

Syracuse hospital told nurses it was no longer necessary to wear N95 masks and that surgical masks are enough

5/22/2020


Areas outside nursing home resident rooms key to infection control

Residents have frequent contact with staff and the environment outside of their rooms

5/22/2020


Documenting pandemic poses safety challenge

Photographer is documenting the coronavirus pandemic through the eyes of patients and staff

5/21/2020


20 years of closing hospitals in N.Y. hampers capacity during pandemic

State and healthcare leaders eliminated 20,000 hospital beds over the past two decades

5/21/2020


Florida strengthens COVID-19 testing in longterm care facilities

The orders require nursing homes and assisted-living facilities to allow the Florida Department of Health into their buildings for infection control and conducting COVID-19 testing

5/20/2020


Wisconsin nursing home took aggressive steps to halt coronavirus

Autumn Oaks Assisted Living in Slinger once faced four active cases of coronavirus

5/20/2020


How to contain infection risk during hospital construction

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

5/20/2020


Impact of superbugs on infection control strategies

Currently, superbugs cause twice as many deaths in the U.S. as they did six years ago

5/20/2020


Experts suggest public restrooms and offices should be re-engineered to control infections

Hand washing can be useless if people have to touch unclean surfaces

5/19/2020


CMS draft guidelines for reopening nursing homes

Some industry officials and infection-control experts are worried that moving too fast could increase the risks

5/19/2020



Hospitals struggle to restart elective care after shutdowns

Reopening will be difficult with the threat of more infection

5/18/2020


Pa. had plan to protect nursing home during pandemic that was never fully implemented

A more limited effort wasn’t activated until mid-April, long after major outbreaks had already taken hold

5/18/2020


Nursing homes, veterans’ homes are Covid-19 hotspots

Long-term care facilities are the overlooked epicenters of the pandemic.

5/18/2020


Legionnaires' plan: Prevent, detect, treat

Legionnaires’ disease remains a top priority in effective plumbing and restroom maintenance

5/18/2020


Long-term care facilities opening dedicated COVID-19 units

The COVID-only wings will be cordoned off from the rest of the facilities and have their own entrances and dedicated staff

5/15/2020


Pa. health official says state won’t supply protective equipment to hospitals that resume elective surgeries

The priority has shifted to nursing homes, where most of the state’s COVID-19 deaths have occurred

5/15/2020


Feds consider relaxing infection control in U.S. nursing homes

The longterm care industry's residents and workers are currently overwhelmed by the coronavirus

5/14/2020


Many hospitals now sanitize and reuse masks

One agency of the federal government is allowing for 20 cycles of cleaning for a single mask. Another suggests three.

5/14/2020


National Guard disinfects George hospitals

30 National Guardsmen recently sanitize the Phoebe Putney Hospital cancer center

5/14/2020


Study: Hand-washing better at killing flu than sanitizer

Hand-washing is better even without soap

5/14/2020


COVID-19 – Creating a rare convergence of market need and technology

A new technology can now be incorporated in a traditional LED panel fixture using nanometer materials for antiseptic and anti-virus air-cleaning

5/12/2020


Antibiotic resistant co-infections: A silent killer in COVID-19 patients

Hospitals are trying to keep pace with COVID-19 and the resulting drug-resistant secondary bacterial infections

5/12/2020


Study finds healthcare construction training is lacking

Only 52 percent of those surveyed said that owners of healthcare projects always or often required construction teams to receive training

5/11/2020


Advanced medical tents replace triage tents at Md. hospitals

The medical tents can be connected to the hospital’s electric power but also include a generator

5/8/2020


New decontamination center in Los Angeles allows N95 masks to be reused 20 times

The cleaning chamber began operating in early May

5/8/2020


Infection control efforts start with EMS personnel

A study found that EMS practiced hand hygiene before patient contact in just 7 percent of assessments

5/8/2020


Can rice cookers decontaminate face masks?

Investigators found that the appliance can decontaminate cloth masks

5/7/2020



N.Y.C. hospitals overflowing with bodies

FEMA is sending 85 refrigerated trucks

5/6/2020


Infection control measures failing in Colorado elder homes

Banning visitors, new rules for infection control and increased testing haven’t stopped spread of COVID-19

5/6/2020


Temporary hospitals have cybersecurity vulnerabilities

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

5/5/2020



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