Updating to Modern Technologies for Cleaning in Healthcare Settings August 26, 2016

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. Some facilities make it more of a priority than others and that has lead to the rise in tracking hospital-associated infections and soon to be skilled nursing site infections. With high levels of accountability and monetary penalties behind the effort to improve infection transmission, the industry has seen a significant rise in modern “no touch” technologies.

All “no touch” technologies bring some kind of benefit to the environmental cleaning process. One technology that shows great promise, is automated ultraviolet light (UV-C) that continuously emits 254 nm to a given treatment area. The benefit to this technology is that it can achieve a good level of pathogen reduction and is extremely easy to use. It requires no sealing of the room and can be completed in just minutes vs. hours for other technology like hydrogen peroxide vapor.

A recent article by the United States National Institute of Health highlights the benefits of ultraviolet light and other no touch technologies as they continue to proliferate in the healthcare environment. Click here to view more

C. diff Infections Cause Patient Cost and Mortality to Double

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.

Equipping the EVS toolbox September 16, 2016

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

How to save 37,000 lives over five years.

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...

Back to School: Outbreaks! August 19, 2016

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's Readmission Penalties Hit New High

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...
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