Infection Control

Common soaps could endanger healthcare workers, study finds

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Healthcare facilities should consider replacing antibacterial soaps containing the chemical triclosan, University of California-San Francisco researchers assert in a recent Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine article. The conclusion echoes recently updated hand hygiene guidelines.

CDC releases HAI Data: How are we doing?

CDC releases HAI Data: How are we doing?

For many years, healthcare institutions have been focused on different ways to decrease HAIs, as federal reimbursement initiatives loomed. So, what does this report card tell us? We've come a long way, baby, but there's still a ways to go.

Also in the news for June 4, 2014 . . .

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Surveyors to report infection control lapses to public health agencies ... Home health providers stumble on infection control ... Socializing improves seniors' lungs ... Medicare to cover Hep C screening

Close the infection loop to reduce outbreak risk

Close the infection loop to reduce outbreak risk

The readmission scores of nursing homes will be posted to the Nursing Home Compare website beginning in 2017, and the VBP program will begin Oct. 1, 2018. For the first time, facilities will not just face financial penalties, they will be incentivized to reduce readmissions

New UV system reduces HAIs

New UV system reduces HAIs

A new combined lighting and air purification system may be able to heavily reduce healthcare-acquired infections in nursing homes and hospitals.

First hepatitis C lawsuit filed over North Dakota outbreak

First hepatitis C lawsuit filed over North Dakota outbreak

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The first of what could be numerous legal complaints against HCRManorCare has been filed in relation to a hepatitis outbreak in North Dakota last year.

HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents charge in federal lawsuit

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Negligent care resulted in a dramatic outbreak of hepatitis C at an HCR ManorCare nursing home in North Dakota last year, residents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

New door handle takes tech world by storm

New door handle takes tech world by storm

News of PullClean, a custom door handle that dispenses hand sanitizer, could potentially revolutionize infection control practices, its creators say.

Overall cleanliness a top factor in choosing a long-term care facility, Clorox survey finds

More than 70% of consumers said overall cleanliness was a factor when choosing a long-term care facility, and many said they equated odor to a lack of cleanliness, according to a survey from Clorox Professional Products Company.

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

Guidance identifies clothing choices for infection control

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Healthcare professionals should consider a "bare below the elbows" approach of short-sleeved tops and foregoing a wristwatch, jewelry or ties, according to guidance released in late January from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

Infection detection

Infection detection

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Prompt treatment and novel therapies hasten wound healing, but steady (even if slow) is still the overall goal when it comes to keeping wounds free from infection

Ask the nursing expert ... about infection prevention

Ask the nursing expert ... about infection prevention

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What are some of the things we can do to prevent infections?

CDC unveils new website to boost long-term care infection control efforts

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Long-term care providers can refer to a newly launched website to access information and resources to prevent infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

FDA proposes glucose meter guidance to improve infection control in nursing homes, hospitals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has drafted more stringent guidelines for blood glucose monitoring test systems used in nursing homes, hospitals and other healthcare settings.

Hand hygiene prior to donning gloves is unnecessary, study finds

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Performing hand hygiene prior to putting on gloves may not be a necessary practice, suggests recently published research in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Nursing assistants most vulnerable to C. diff contamination on hands, research shows

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Healthcare workers frequently have Clostridium difficile spores on their hands after providing routine care for an infected person, and nursing assistants have by far the highest incidence of contamination, according to recently published research from France.

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

Drugs will kill CRE colonies

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Particular antibiotics are effective in eliminating colonies of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in asymptomatic carriers of the deadly bacteria, according to clinical research.

New disinfectant from Clorox

New disinfectant from Clorox

Clorox recently launched the Clorox® 4 in One Disinfectant & Sanitizer, which disinfects hard surfaces, eliminates airborne and odor-causing bacteria and reduces allergens. It kills 24 key germs, including viruses that can cause cold and flu and bacteria associated with E. coli and salmonella.

PDI launches website

PDI launches website

PDI has officially launched its new website, the company announced. The new site, http://www.pdihc.com, allows users to access the full PDI healthcare website through a smartphone or tablet.

Providers can cheer widespread quality improvement, but infection control poses a challenge: AHCA report

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More long-term care facilities are earning top marks in national quality ratings, but providers may need increased focus on infection control, according to the American Health Care Association's 2013 Quality Report. Between 2011 and 2012, providers improved "in almost all the quality measures generally used," the report states.

The continuum of care: Healthcare reform's effect

The continuum of care: Healthcare reform's effect

Our healthcare system has recently seen, and will continue to see, significant changes. There are particular implications for long-term care facilities but, overall, healthcare costs are increasing, the payment model is changing and new provider structures are developing.

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

C. diff spotlight: Vaccine trial and caregiver checklist

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Back in June, I declared medication to be the long-term care topic of the summer. But this week, a different topic has stolen the spotlight: Clostridium difficile.

FDA warns of germ-laden mattress covers

The Food and Drug Administration has warned nurses, infection control staff and other caregivers to examine their medical bed mattress covers. Damaged or worn covers can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate the mattress, causing an infection risk. Mattresses can be alternating pressure, non-powered flotation mattresses, or mattresses that are part of hospital beds.

Ask the care expert ... about gait belts and infection control

Ask the care expert ... about gait belts and infection control

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We use gait belts at my building. We assign a gait belt to an aide who uses them the entire shift. Do you think with all of the infection prevention techniques we should change our policy?

Efforts to combat Clostridium difficile are coming up short, survey finds

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Long-term care operators and other healthcare providers are having limited success in combating Clostridium difficile infections, despite increasing their efforts in the last three years, according to recently released survey results.

The invisible battle

The invisible battle

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Providers must keep caregiving environments impeccably clean — removing bugs and germs (both seen and unseen) and other threatening elements

Nursing home study finds high rate of community-associated MRSA

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Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (CA-MRSA) was discovered in nearly 91% of nursing homes tested in a recent study.

Providers struggling to find adequate cleaners to battle Acinetobacter baumannii bug

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A new study of provider practices found that multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii was found in hospital rooms even after they were cleaned, according to a study in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.

Healthcare's dirty secret

Healthcare's dirty secret

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If there's one topic where I feel that healthcare publications tend to repeat themselves, it's around infection control.

Study reveals that ultraviolet light eliminates deadly hospital-acquired infections

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Researchers say they nearly eliminated deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria in a study encompassing 50 patient rooms at two medical facilities by using a specific spectrum of ultraviolet light.

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