Infection Control

Flu, RSV, COVID-19 Combine to Impact Facilities

Over 4,300 influenza patients were admitted to hospitals in the week ending Oct. 29, the highest for that period in a decade.

11/21/2022


Fighting HAIs Takes Toll on Preventionists

Preventionists’ physical and mental health were negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

11/17/2022


CDC Sends Alert on Contaminated Water Lines

CDC reported it is investigating a March 2022 cluster of suspected nontuberculous Mycobacteria infections in children at an undisclosed location.

11/16/2022


How Hand Dryers Can Help Managers Reduce Costs

Managers should not overlook the critical role of hand dryers.

11/10/2022


How Proper Cleaning Can Limit the Spread of Norovirus

Norovirus can break out in any facility where the cleaning staff is not properly equipped or trained.

11/9/2022


Group Calls out Concern for Medical Waste During Extreme Weather

Hospitals that outsource RMW treatment services are most vulnerable when the transportation infrastructure is compromised due to flooding and debris.

11/3/2022


Cleaning to Impress Visitors

Every day of the week, hundreds or thousands of guests walk through your doors.

11/2/2022


Pandemic Lessons for the Next Surge

EVS managers prepare more pediatric patients with RSV and the likelihood of a heavy influenza season

10/31/2022


How Hand Dryers are Being Used in a Post-COVID World

Hand dryers have been a necessity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/27/2022


How COVID-19 Increased Demand for Paper Towels

Paper towel dispensers have been more popular since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

10/26/2022


Hospital Cleaning Practices Need Improvement

Among 51 responding healthcare facilities, most reported some deficit in their practices related to cleaning all surfaces of a hospital room.

10/24/2022


Sick Healthcare Workers Can Harm Patients in Long-Term Care Facilities

Multiple issues contribute to employee 'presenteeism,’ including concerns about lost income, lack of days off, burdening colleagues.

10/17/2022


Monkeypox Spreads Easily Within Isolation Rooms

Researchers found viral DNA shed by patients on multiple surfaces throughout isolation rooms.

10/14/2022


How Towel Dispensers Can Prevent Spread of Infections

Proper hand washing can help limit the spread of disease.

10/13/2022


Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Urges Mask Use in Healthcare

Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology strongly urges its members to maintain mandatory mask requirement policies for healthcare employees.

10/13/2022


Clean Hands Battle Healthcare-Acquired Infections

If hospital surfaces are inadequately cleaned, caregivers’ hands become re-contaminated seconds after they are washed.

10/11/2022


High-Touch Surfaces in Long-Term Care Facilities Often Contaminated

Findings could help long-term care facilities assess cleanliness of high-touch surfaces and enhance infection prevention and control measures

10/3/2022


Tackling Infection in Senior Living Communities

Sodexo program implements enhanced cleaning protocols that fight the spread of infection to protect residents, staff and their families.

9/29/2022


Legionella Prevention in Cooling Tower Systems

With the support of a team of experts, managers can effectively prevent, detect and respond to positive Legionella tests.

9/28/2022


Some Healthcare Facilities No Longer Need Face Masks While Working

The CDC releases new masking guidance for healthcare facilities.

9/27/2022


How to Prevent Mold Growth in Facilities

Mold can often grow out of sight and unnoticed.

9/23/2022


Senior Care Facilities Still at Risk of HAIs, Calls for Improvement Lag

Despite calls for improvements at senior care facilities, little progress has been made.

9/20/2022


Thermal Imaging Can Improve Handwashing

Researchers obtained thermal images of 12 healthcare professionals using an infrared camera attached to an iPhone.

9/19/2022


Automated Hand Hygiene Monitoring Systems Promote Cleaner Healthcare Facilities

Automated hand hygiene monitoring systems are able to achieve greater improvement in hand hygiene performance.

9/16/2022


The Looming Legal Battle over Hospital-Associated Infections

The belief that infections are unavoidable has shielded hospitals and doctors from liability for decades, but not in the future.

9/15/2022


Strategies for Fighting Antimicrobial Resistance

Most elements of the healthcare industry encountered setbacks during the pandemic, including the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

9/14/2022


US Funds Expand Locations for Monkeypox Vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expanded the number of locations that can be supported with direct federal shipments of vaccine and treatments for monkeypox.

9/8/2022


HAIs Spread in Community, Complicating Infection Control

Findings are concerning because CRE infections resistant most antibiotics and are considered a major public health threat.

9/7/2022


What is the Threat of Infections Acquired in Ambulances

Contamination of emergency medical vehicles with pathogenic microbes poses a potential threat to public health.

9/1/2022


Perfect Storm: High Surface Contamination and Vulnerable Patients

The education of EVS workers and healthcare professionals is necessary to break the chain of infections.

8/24/2022



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