Managing an enhanced disinfection program requires a strategic approach to communication. Cathy Campbell provides three important components of a successful UVC device implementation.
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John Scherberger, FAHE, CHESP, provides information on UV disinfection and important factors to consider when evaluating UV technologies.
Health care textiles are a crucial component in the care and treatment of patients if positive outcomes are to be realized. The absence of guidance from regulatory organizations pertaining to the handling, internal transportation, and storage of hygienically clean textiles within the confines of health care facilities brings into question the hygienic integrity of such textiles. This document addresses the shortcomings and provides suggested direction and support.
There are a number of challenges that can impact the effectiveness of cleaning and disinfecting, from product, to process, to program. To have a successful program, it is important to understand the barriers and how to overcome them. This road map will help you improve your program.
Antibiotic stewardship is now at the forefront of CDI prevention efforts because of the growing national focus on proper antibiotic use. This paper takes a close look at asymptomatic C. difficile carriers and provides recommendations for effective infection control.
As the debate around bed bug continues to evolve and further research brings to light new information about these pests, the prevention and management practices will also evolve. In the meantime, rest easy with a proactive approach and the advice of a trained pest management professional.
When health care organizations recognize that it takes a combination of approaches to keep their restrooms clean, they can then build upon an effective strategy to maintain restrooms at a service level that not only meets the expectations of users but also helps to protect their health.
Given the amount of time that environmental services technicians spend with the patients they serve on a daily basis, the utilization of a facility-wide TeamSTEPPS® program can actively engage staff members across all disciplines with the overarching goal of improving quality and safety, the patient experience, and also reducing associated health care costs.
As a follow-up to a health update entitled HAN 00382 and distributed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on September 11, 2015, the CDC and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are providing this update to rescind the following recommendation.
As more and more research unfolds regarding preventing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), it is very apparent that cleanliness is as critical to a hospital’s successful operation as any clinical function that takes place within the health care institution.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that one out of every 25 hospitalized patients will contract a health-care-associated infection (HAI). Each year HAIs are a documented source of increased mortality and morbidity, significant costs for care delivery, and have a negative impact on the patient experience.
Two very important updates regarding CRE and Shigella sonnei outbreak investigations.
The Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) announced on September 22, 2014, that Ecolab became the first environmental services industry leader to be presented AHE’s prestigious new Innovation Award.
There are many elements that go into emergency response plans, and here we’ve outlined some of the main considerations of a plan as it relates to infection prevention and control and environmental services (EVS). It is EVS’ responsibility to ensure that it is able to provide a safe place for patients to be treated and heal—regardless of the conditions outside of the organization’s walls.
Each year, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that over 722,000 hospitalized patients contract a healthcare associated infection (HAI), resulting in over 75,000 deaths. In September 2013, the CDC released new evidence of emergent antimicrobial resistance threats and categorized them into categories of urgency.
Part one of this two-part article provided an overview of Legionnaires’ disease, the source of the bacterium in hospital water systems and aerosol vectors of infection. Part two focuses on the important role that a multidiscipline team plays in managing the legionellosis risk.
Fabrics play an important role in the transmission of bacteria. They have been proven to act as “fomites” – or where organisms can grow and multiply. And, even though soft surfaces constitute a significant portion of the patient’s immediate environment, they are often overlooked in everyday environmental hygiene practices.
EXPLORE spoke with Brian Tallmadge, CHESP, assistant chief, Environmental Management Services, at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, S.C., about the latest technologies available for EVS professionals.
EXPLORE spoke with Rock Jensen and Greg May, CHESP, about health care reform and its impact on the EVS professional, including expanded service levels, volumes, the impact on today's hospitals and how this will directly affect EVS departments.
Preventable healthcare-associated infections (pHAIs) are still a major challenge in this country’s healthcare facilities. An aggressive intervention initiative is needed to address this problem as rapidly and completely as possible. Further, there’s never been a stronger and more well-defined need for the role of Environmental Services (EVS) as the First Line of Defense in this initiative. And there are successes that bear this out.