Infection Control

Study says healthcare facilities need to do a better job of cleaning beds

Columbia University researchers have found data from four New York hospitals that show beds are full of germs


How healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of patient exposure to Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years


Study says nursing homes have fewer residents, with more needs

Though occupancy rates fell between 2009 and 2016, the needs of nursing home residents have grown considerably


Influenza B dominating end of flu season

Flu activity decreased for the sixth consecutive week, but rates remain above the national baseline


Denver healthcare facility warns of sterilization issues

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says no infections have been reported so far


Study addresses UV disinfection challenges

Identifying rooms that would benefit from UV disinfection a key issue


Efforts to control 'nightmare' bacteria working

Feds say system would be more effective if more hospitals and doctors participated


Hospital bends rules to grant Grandpa's dying wish to see his dog

Hospital credits infection control staff for making it happen


Florida fines Hialeah assisted living facility over bedbugs

South Hialeah Manor fined $1,000 for a bedbug infestation


'Nightmare' antibiotic-resistant bacteria detected in 27 states

More than 200 rare antibiotic-resistant genes were found in bacteria tested in 2017


Nevada hospital installs bacteria fighting operating room light fixtures

The disinfectant lights are installed in all inpatient and outpatient surgical suites and emergency department patient bays


Texas health clinics investigated for potentially spreading hepatitis, HIV

The Galveston County Health District and Department of State Health Services are investigating Coastal Health and Wellness in Galveston and Texas City


Water bacteria testing extended to second Glasgow hospital

Tests for bacteria in the water supply at the Royal Hospital for Children have been extended to the neighboring Queen Elizabeth University Hospital


Can aromatherapy be a source of bacterial infections?

An outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa suggests aromatherapy can pose a high risk to patient safety


Cancer center patients infected by Listeria from hospital deli

Three people who ate deli sandwiches from a restaurant in Canada’s largest cancer center have been infected


Study identifies the high-risk surfaces for C. diff

Researchers sampled 16 sites within patient isolation rooms and patient bays to determine the hardest-to-clean areas


Nurse shortages and crowded wards could reverse infection prevention progress

Antibiotic Research UK said the bed occupancy at NHS hospitals make the spread of bacterial infections more likely


Infected previous bed occupants, roommates increase HAI risk

Odds of infected patients having been exposed to a roommate with the same organism were 4.82 times


Hospital used multifaceted plan can stop C. diff

Stillwater (Oklahoma) Medical Center has not seen a hospital-acquired case of C. diff since October 2017


Housekeeping audit finds problems at B.C. healthcare facility

Supervision and training at the Arrow Lakes Hospital


'No concern' of Ebola at Va. healthcare facility

A 'safety zone' has been set up for the care of a patient from West Africa at the Winchester Medical Center


Robotic comfort seals clear infection control hurdle

Seals that respond to touch and speech will be used on dementia wards


University developing self-cleaning surface that destroys bacteria when exposed to light

The coating is a non-toxic photocatalyst ceramic that produces continuous oxygen radicals at the surface


CDC says flu season has peaked

The 2017-18 influenza season peaked in early February and is now on the decline


Oklahoma Healthcare facility lends cleaning robot to schools

The extra layer of protection was deployed in buildings that have had high absence rates due to illness


N.C. senior facilities take precautions as state flu deaths pass 200

Twenty-six of the flu victims who died were 65 and older and five of those deaths were between 50 and 64


Plastic coatings with antimicrobial additives can help control infections

Integrating antimicrobial additives into plastic and polymer surfaces can make them inhospitable to bacteria


CDC reports flu activity still elevated

The CDC said that flu activity is likely to remain elevated for several more weeks


Copper-coated uniforms could curb infection transmission

Healthcare professionals could soon be wearing uniforms brushed with these tiny copper nanoparticles


Maine healthcare facilities bracing for worsening of flu season

Swamped emergency rooms in Portland sending patients elsewhere


Infection problems could cost Michigan healthcare facility its Medicare patients

An investigation found the hospital is not compliant with infection control standards


Legionnaires' found at Illinois mental health facility

A patient at the Chester Mental Health Center in Chester has been diagnosed


Study suggests hand-washing helps decrease nursing home deaths

Researchers recommend using hospital hand-hygiene protocols


Washington hospital screening visitors at front door for flu-like symptoms

Visitors get color-coded tags upon entering facility


Disinfecting robot can help fight HAIs

Studies demonstrate benefits and explore strategies for use


Reducing cross-contamination risk in healthcare facilities

Environmental cleaning specialists offer tips to help control infections


Woman claims OK hospital bathroom was infested with bugs

Hospital staff cleaned the shower with bleach after being alerted to the bugs



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