A recent study published in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology examined the impact that C. diff infections have on the patient population. Utilizing data from a population-based cohort study among US adults, researchers found that that each year c. diff infections nearly double the patient cost and mortality chances.
The integration of “clean teams” has been a popular inclusive environmental services approach. The team includes personnel from infection control, environmental service . . .
Scientist at Harvard Medical School have embarked on a quest to provide a large-scale glimpse into the maneuvers of bacteria as the encounter increasingly higher doses of antibiotics and adapt to survive them. For the first time ever, teams of...
Environmental Service Professionals (EVS) are on an ongoing mission trying to achieve optimal cleaning practices. The goal of this mission is clear and many EVS staff are
In the past decade, the number of multi-drug resistant pathogens have increased, yet many environmental service professionals methods of cleaning have remained stagnant. EVS professionals are well aware of the risk of
The White House has backed a plan to fight superbugs — via the tracking of infections, faster tests and new drugs — and has asked Congress for $1.2 billion over five years to implement the program. If successful, the CDCs efforts...
Infection Prevention is not a single solution. Experts agree that surface contamination is one of the key factors that play a role in pathogen transmission. However, traditional methods of cleaning by environmental staff have been proven to be inadequate. The reason for this often varies based on education and resources available.
As students and staff head into back to school season, it’s not just the curriculum that’s on their mind. In the past year, it seems like the number of outbreaks has increased greatly, especially those linked to Norovirus and other dangerous pathogens.
Medicare measures the readmission rates of seven conditions: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacements and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Fines are determined by comparing current rates to...
One of the most challenging transitions a patient will face is being discharged from the hospital and going to a skilled nursing facility. One fifth of the patients discharged from acute care hospitals are sent to one of the nations 15,000 skilled nursing facilities. According to a new report, skilled nursing facilities will need to address the “Protecting Access to Medicare Act” that starts to take effect in 2018.