Infection Control

CMS has redefined a hospital to include tents and dorm rooms

Hospital safety rules relaxed amid coronavirus

4/3/2020


US military is working to convert N.Y. buildings into hospitals in three or four weeks

The US Army Corps of Engineers is retrofitting hotels and dormitories

4/3/2020


Chicago’s McCormick Place to be turned into hospital

City may be ‘hot spot’ for COVID-19

4/3/2020


Healthcare workers’ masks donated by Facebook were stockpiled after wildfires

Many healthcare facilities’ frontline workers don’t have the proper protective equipment

4/3/2020


Newly approved machine can decontaminate 80,000 respirator masks a day

The decontamination system uses vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks

4/2/2020


Healthcare facilities in Nebraska are experimenting with new equipment disinfecting technique

Ultraviolet light is being used to decontaminate medical supplies at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha

4/2/2020


Coronavirus will affect not-for-profit hospitals for the longterm

Many hospitals are canceling profitable elective surgeries

4/2/2020


Shuttered hospitals reopening as COVID-19 spreads

State and local governments across the nation are rushing to reopen facilities

4/1/2020


CDC says expired equipment from stockpile OK

The Strategic National Stockpile is a supply of lifesaving drugs and medical supplies

3/31/2020


Javits Center, other facilities temporary hospital sites in NYC

Center will have a total of 2,000 temporary hospital beds

3/31/2020


Navy hospital ship sails to Los Angeles to help with hospital crunch

The former oil supertanker won’t take coronavirus patients

3/31/2020


Coronavirus’s impact on healthcare IT: Supporting real-time needs of hospitals in crisis

Part 1: Navigating device management and redistribution

3/31/2020


Equipment and environment need infection control attention

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

3/30/2020


Health systems urged to be ready for 15 or 20 percent of staff to have own coronavirus issues

Colorado plans to bring in contract nurses from out of state as well as medical students and professionals

3/30/2020


Illinois lawmakers working to curb Legionnaires’ Disease

New bill focuses on water quality, distribution

3/30/2020


A rural hospital's ‘improvises’ during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus pandemic presents significant challenges for rural hospitals

3/30/2020


Three coronavirus questions hospital asks before allowing entry into buildings

The questions were suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

3/30/2020



CDC estimates 38 million sickened by flu

This season the flu has caused 23,000 deaths

3/27/2020


Michigan healthcare facilities vary in coronavirus screening protocols

Hospitals are implementing state coronavirus restrictions

3/27/2020


Hospital ready with mobile hazmat tent if needed for coronavirus

Tent could be used to safely move a coronavirus patient into the hospital without putting anyone else at risk

3/27/2020


Washington hospital workers make masks from office supplies

Workers are dealing with a severe shortage of equipment

3/26/2020


Some hospitals need emergency stocks for coronavirus

Hospitals in that situation can contact their local county health department or EMS agency

3/26/2020


Keeping hospital ice machines safe from coronavirus

Following proper ice handling procedures is one more way to stop the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19

3/25/2020


As coronavirus spreads, hospitals deal with shortages

There are approximately 95,000 intensive care beds in the country

3/25/2020


‘Airborne precautions’ eyed for healthcare staffs after study shows coronavirus can survive in air

Scientists are looking at how humidity, temperature and ultraviolet lighting affects the disease

3/24/2020


Maryland hospitals setting up ‘triage tents’ to assess coronavirus patients

Some hospitals might also use the tents to triage those experiencing noncoronavirus-related symptoms

3/24/2020


People are stealing masks and other sterile supplies from hospitals

US officials have estimated the country only has about 1% of the masks needed for healthcare professionals

3/24/2020


Utah hospital sets up negative pressure tents for coronavirus

The tents are completely self-sustaining

3/23/2020


What hospitals need to do to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak

The spike in U.S. cases and daily reports of medical personnel exposure, is that hospital preparedness is critical to avoid a disaster

3/23/2020


U.S. hospitals may face severe PPE shortage

Survey suggests there may be a three-fold increase in demand for N95 masks

3/23/2020


V.A. preps to support healthcare system during coronavirus

Agency is legally designated as nation’s backup health system

3/23/2020


Study: Hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike

No state will have enough room for novel coronavirus patients if the surge in severe cases here mirrors that in other countries

3/20/2020


U.S. healthcare facilities offer different pictures of coronavirus preparedness

Some believe their health systems are equipped, others aren't sure

3/20/2020


What hospitals are telling workers about coronavirus

Healthcare providers urged to take 'conservative approach'

3/20/2020


The challenge of mold in modern hospitals and healthcare facilities

Not only does mold cause structural damage to the facility costing them money and potential lost revenue, mold has been directly attributed to healthcare associated infections

3/20/2020


Many highly rated nursing homes have infection-control lapses

Sixty-one percent of nursing homes were cited for one or more infection-control deficiencies in the past few years

3/19/2020


Boston hospital braces for pandemic with warehouse of emergency supplies

Massachusetts General Hospital's facility contains stockpiles of critical items

3/18/2020


Nurses beg for protective gear and better planning amid coronavirus

Nurses in Washington State and California said they have had to beg for N95 masks

3/18/2020


Coronavirus preparedness planning for senior living communities

Prepare by keeping up with current events and be ready to implement additional recommendations as they become available

3/17/2020


Nursing homes urged to be extra vigilant on coronavirus

The novel coronavirus that originated is highly transmissible in ways scientists yet don’t fully understand

3/17/2020


Some Amazon sellers accused of price gouging hand sanitizers

Amazon has about 5 million sellers on its site, and 50 percent of its sales are by third-party sellers

3/17/2020


Occupational groups that are at high risk for coronavirus

Healthcare workers have a high risk of contracting coronavirus

3/17/2020



CMS: Main survey focus will be on infection control preparedness

The shift lets inspectors to focus on the spread of the coronavirus disease

3/16/2020


Blog: Why hospitals and nursing homes are likely coronavirus epicenters

Officials should focus on getting nursing homes ready

3/16/2020


Florida man can’t bring life-size Trump cutout to dialysis center because of safety, infection control

The man spends about three and a half hours a day, three days a week undergoing dialysis

3/16/2020


U.S. hospital with coronavirus patients share lessons

Patients are being treated in isolation rooms

3/13/2020



Coronavirus evacuees monitored at Texas Center for Infectious Disease

Facility’s primary function is to treat tuberculosis patients

3/12/2020


Seattle nursing home coronavirus outbreak spotlights elder care risk

Age and close living conditions can increase danger

3/12/2020


N.Y. hospital reduce C. diff rates with process changes

Changes include enhanced monitoring for room turnovers

3/12/2020


CDC estimates flu deaths at 20,000 this season

This season the flu has caused 34 million illnesses

3/11/2020


Design and maintenance key to avoiding mold in healthcare facilities

Candida auris is now one of the world’s most feared microbes in healthcare settings

3/11/2020


Impact of superbugs on infection control strategies

By paying closer attention to the maintenance and performance of doors, hinges, closers, and fire-exit hardware, managers can help improve the safety and security of their facilities

3/11/2020


Healthcare workers question safety measures while prepping for coronavirus

Some say the medical community wasn't fully prepared for previous viruses, like SARS and Ebola — and they're concerned that lessons learned are not being applied

3/10/2020


Judge orders release of Seattle Children's mold records

The judge scolded Public Health of Seattle & King County for staying silent for so long in a case that has been in court for several months

3/10/2020


How are hospitals screening for the coronavirus?

Healthcare facilities are stepping up screening efforts

3/10/2020


Seattle Homeland Security facility shuts down over coronavirus fears

An employee there may be infected with coronavirus

3/10/2020


Anxiety grows as N.Y prepares for epidemic

No confirmed cases have appeared in N.Y., but officials have begun to prepare for the possibility

3/10/2020


Quarantines were almost obsolete, but facilities are now needed

Governments are trying to find somewhere to put coronavirus patients

3/9/2020


U.S. healthcare facilities short on face masks

Many of the protective face masks used in the U.S. are manufactured in China

3/9/2020


Opinion: How to confront coronavirus

Protection equipment needs to be produced

3/9/2020


U.S. coronavirus death toll hits 11

California declares state of emergency

3/6/2020


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. Find out how to curb your risk.

3/6/2020


Humidifier linked to deadly mold issue at Seattle Children's

The humidifier had was not used for a decade

3/6/2020


Integrated, bundled approach can fight HAIs

Infection control specialists must know how to design and implement an effective infection prevention program

3/6/2020


County declares emergency after a ninth death was reported in Washington state

King County is purchasing a motel to house coronavirus patients. Washington's death toll is now 10.

3/5/2020


Federal government says it won’t put coronavirus patients in Costa Mesa

The patients have been quarantined at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California

3/5/2020


Increased healthcare facility sanitation practices may not stop C. difficile spread

Research stresses C. Diff is not just a hospital problem

3/4/2020


Hospitals urged to do these four things to prepare for a pandemic

Healthcare facilities should review pandemic and surge plans

3/4/2020


Second U.S. coronavirus-related death reported in Washington state

The total number of individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus in the area has risen to 10

3/3/2020


CDC confirms first U.S. coronavirus case of unknown origin

The infected individual had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected person

3/3/2020


Surveyors expected to stress longterm care facilities' infection control compliance amid coronavirus outbreak

Providers were encouraged to review information on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus

3/3/2020


Coronavirus outbreak should spark focus on infection control

It’s a good time to review transmission-based precautions

3/3/2020


U.S. passengers cruise ship who tested positive for the coronavirus going to Alabama facility

Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston is a FEMA training facility

3/3/2020


CDC warns of U.S. coronavirus outbreaks

Clusters of infection are likely in American communities

2/28/2020


Emergency prep experts are urging Americans to stock up on supplies for coronavirus

Public health officials warn about more cases coming to the United States

2/28/2020


UPMC, linen supplier settle fungal infection victims' families

The lawsuits accused UPMC and Paris Cleaners of negligence

2/28/2020


Dedicated ambulance used to transport San Antonio coronavirus patient

The San Antonio case was the 15th confirmed case in the U.S.

2/27/2020


CDC prepares for possible coronavirus pandemic in the US

Health officials say that they expect more cases to arise and are planning for the worst case scenario

2/27/2020


Wuhan hospital director died of coronavirus

U.S. risk still considered low

2/27/2020



California city gets court order to delay establishing a coronavirus quarantine site

The restraining order prevents transportation of anyone infected with or exposed to the coronavirus to Costa Mesa

2/26/2020


Survey: Doctors aren't confident about U.S. preparedness for outbreak

The recent survey found that most doctors aren't very worried about the coronavirus, but their patients are

2/26/2020


34 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the U.S.

This includes 21 cases of returning travelers, as well as 13 U.S. cases

2/25/2020


Baby with heart condition dies after mold exposure at Seattle hospital

14 patients had developed surgical site infections from Aspergillus since 2001

2/25/2020


Protecting staff, supplies amid coronavirus

Concerns may be contributing to a growing shortage of personal protective equipment

2/25/2020


Study finds coronavirus may have multiple infection routes

Scientists report evidence of an oral-fecal transmission route

2/24/2020


Scientists invent germ-fighting fabric for healthcare

The team is working to embed a germ-killing agent into hospital garments

2/24/2020


CMS stresses infection control basics amid coronavirus outbreak

CMS sent a memo to state survey agency directors urging them to double down on compliance

2/24/2020


Disinfecting surfaces in coronavirus outbreak

Human coronaviruses can remain active on surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic for up to 9 days after exposure

2/21/2020


How to care for patients with possible coronavirus

Spread is thought to occur mostly from close contact via respiratory droplets

2/21/2020


BBC website offers visual guide to Coronavirus outbreak

The virus has killed more than 2,000 so far - more than the 774 killed in the 2003 Sars epidemic

2/20/2020


CDC estimates the flu has sickened 22 million

There have been 210,000 hospitalizations and 12,000 deaths

2/20/2020


Coronaviruses can survive on surfaces for up to 9 days

Study finds virus remains infectious at room temperature for more than a week

2/19/2020


CDC estimates flu deaths at 14,000

The CDC estimates the flu has caused 26 million illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations this season

2/19/2020


How coronavirus compares to flu, Ebola, other outbreaks

National Geographic creates a chart to explain the comparison

2/19/2020


New study shows how coronavirus is spreading

41 percent of the first 138 patients diagnosed at one hospital in Wuhan, China, were presumed to be infected in that hospital

2/19/2020


U.S. hospitals, already stressed by flu season, brace for Coronavirus

With much medical equipment and drugs made in China, health experts are watching the global supply chain

2/18/2020


Preparing for coronavirus spread

The World Health Organization, U.S. hospitals and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are all getting ready

2/18/2020


How U.S. hospitals are preparing for coronavirus

The CDC is recommending that doctors and hospitals adopt a cautious approach

2/18/2020


Coronavirus testing Seattle’s infectious disease response

After responding to the first American case of the virus, healthcare workers say they are prepared.

2/18/2020


15th coronavirus case reported in U.S. while death toll spikes in China

China's Hubei province announced 242 new deaths from the coronavirus on Feb 13

2/14/2020


Comparing the flu and the coronavirus

The flu has sickened an estimated 19 million people in the U.S. this season

2/14/2020


Experts investigating whether the coronavirus can spread through bathroom pipes

Hong Kong apartment building partially evacuated over fears of spread through plumbing

2/13/2020


Protecting long-term care facilities from coronavirus

Communication, information are key

2/13/2020


Coronavirus might return every winter

The new virus might never leave - like the flu

2/13/2020


Study suggests toilet flushing spreads C. diff in hospital bathrooms

Closing the toilet lid before flushing may help limit the spread of germs

2/13/2020


Experts say coronavirus looking like a pandemic

Rising caseloads suggest the coronavirus may make its way across the world

2/12/2020


Tracking the spread of the coronavirus

The New York Times' map tracks the progress

2/11/2020


How will the coronavirus end?

Epidemiologists outline three scenarios

2/10/2020


FDA tells Purell to stop claiming it can prevent flu

Marketing campaign also claims product can prevent ebola spread

2/10/2020


China's new coronavirus hospital taking first patients

Hospital was built in 10 days

2/7/2020


US hospitals are preparing for coronavirus outbreak

Healthcare facilities are being told to limit the number of patients they treat, but also be prepared to react if the cases spike

2/7/2020


Flu virus has killed 10,000 so far this season

Flu activity continued to rise in the week ending Jan. 25

2/6/2020


Past experience with MERS, Ebola can help prep for coronavirus

Hospital personnel should observe standard, contact and airborne precautions

2/6/2020


CDC working to expanding coronavirus testing capabilities

The US has at least 11 confirmed cases as of Feb. 3

2/5/2020


Real-time location systems can reduce hospital infections

Ensuring that healthcare workers always clean their hands before interacting with a patient is key

2/5/2020


Worry about flu, not coronavirus, Va. doctor says

Since the start of the flu season, the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke has treated about 2,170 patients with influenza

2/5/2020


Are U.S. hospitals ready for the corona virus?

Federal officials say they are monitoring the virus

2/4/2020



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