A new combined lighting and air purification system may be able to heavily reduce healthcare-acquired infections in nursing homes and hospitals.
One of my former colleagues, who had moved to the healthcare sector from television, shared with me the story of how she began her new job and was told, "Oh, yeah, you can figure out the budget, right?" Administrators with limited budgeting experience might hesitate to make big investments, but when it comes to hand hygiene, spending a little more today could lead to big savings down the line.
Preventing the spread of MRSA, CRE and other hospital-acquired infections(HAI's) is quickly becoming a top priority in skilled nursing and long-term care facilities. Yet we often overlook disinfecting procedures on our vital signs monitoring equipment.
Financial penalties did not reduce healthcare facility-acquired infections in acute-care settings, a new study finds. Researchers say harsher sanctions might help.
Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing homes monitor healthcare-acquired infections.
X-STATIC, the silver-based fiber technology, is now available in healthcare textiles, its maker announced. This new technology will aid facilities in implementing a proper soft surface bacterial management strategy as part of a larger effort to reduce healthcare associated infections, officials with Noble Biomaterials said. Soft surfaces (lab coats, scrubs, privacy curtains, bed linens) make up 90% of the patient care environment but are often overlooked in everyday infection prevention practices. X-STATIC fibers are permanently bonded with a layer of 99.9% pure metallic silver. This silver layer creates an ionic shield that permanently inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi on the fabric surface, according to the firm.