Infection Control

Feds reverse plan to reduce reporting on hospital infections, safety

The information will now be published on the federal Hospital Compare site

8/16/2018


Study looks at contamination of frequently touched hospital objects

Study shows bacterial contamination for elevator buttons, door handles and phones

8/15/2018


Rosebud reservation hospital under scrutiny again

Federal inspectors surveyed the hospital in late July

8/14/2018


Superbug Candida auris spreads from UK to Australia

Outbreaks have occurred in more than 20 countries since the organism was discovered in 2009

8/13/2018


Some bacteria are becoming more tolerant of hand sanitizers

It took a 70-percent alcohol mixture to eradicate some bacteria

8/10/2018


New device diffuses viscous disinfectants

Standard mechanical atomization doesn't work well with viscous fluids

8/9/2018


Maryland organizations collaborate to reduce HAIs

Participating facilities achieved a 14.2 percent decrease in C. diff rates

8/8/2018


Congo to use Ebola vaccine to counter flare-up

Four people have tested positive for Ebola

8/7/2018


UV systems part of disinfection arsenal for healthcare

Hand-washing and chemical protocols also key to fighting infection

8/7/2018


Hospital updates cleaning checklist

Update includes previously overlooked overlooked items

8/6/2018


Sustainability can be infection prevention issue for healthcare facilities

Chemical safety, energy use and waste reduction can affect patient safety

8/1/2018


Leapfrog updates methodology

The changes will take effect for the grades released in October

8/1/2018


South Bronx hospital installs anti-microbial cooling towers technology to fight Legionnaires

Deadly bacteria can proliferates in water systems like cooling towers

7/30/2018


Protecting cities from Legionnaires Disease

South Bronx hospital adopts new anti-microbial cooling tower technology to stave off Legionnaires Disease and other biological health threats.

7/27/2018


Ebola outbreak in DRC ends

WHO calls for international efforts to stop other outbreaks

7/26/2018


Legionnaires' outbreak at Minn. senior healthcare facility sickens two

Health officials seeking source of infection

7/26/2018


Clean, safe linens crucial for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities use accredited services to provide clean linen

7/25/2018


USP overhauls nonsterile compounding rules

What healthcare and pharmacy executives need to know — and do — before July 31, 2018

7/25/2018


Patients at more risk for C. diff at moderately full healthcare facilities

Study recommends reviewing protocols that might change based on occupancy

7/24/2018


Johns Hopkins evacuated due to possible TB exposure

A small amount of the tuberculosis bacteria may have been released while being transported

7/16/2018


Environmental decontamination key to infection control

Surfaces that are clean and adequately disinfected are also a legal requirement

7/13/2018


Trump rule could stop public reporting of hospital infections

Under the new rule, the CMS Hospital Compare website won't show the infections or safety measures

7/5/2018


Fighting environmental infection in long-term care facilities

Thorough facility-wide cleaning and disinfection is often the first line of defense

7/5/2018


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on energy efficiency, lighting and infection control

7/3/2018


C. diff. cases fall 36 percent in Canada's hospitals

Improvements in infection-control measures, such as frequent hand-washing and more frequent, intense cleaning of hospital facilities in the last decade may have contributed

7/2/2018


Hand-washing monitor can help reduce hospital infections

Healthcare workers wear a badge that shows different lights that can let them know if their hands are properly sanitized

7/2/2018


Is liquid soap safer than a bar?

The answer is no, according to a Q&A on The New York Times website

7/2/2018


Inspection reveals unsanitary conditions at Memphis VA

Soiled furniture and dirty air ducts where food is prepared were found

6/29/2018


Fewer hospitals report zero infections

More than 30 percent of hospitals reported no MRSA infections in 2016, compared with about 15 percent in 2017

6/28/2018


Chattanooga healthcare facilities ready for Ebola possibility

Staying abreast of what's happening in the world to know what could potentially come into the hospital is key

6/25/2018


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



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