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 surface contamination by prior occupants and the negative effects it can have on new patients if not disinfected properly. So why rely on just one traditional method of cleaning? One of the biggest challenges for every EVS department is achieving consistency. Proper cleaning relies on staff members to repeatedly select the right product, application method, and distribution technique to disinfect surfaces.

A recent article published in Healthcare Facilities Today points out the fact that standardized manual cleaning plus UV disinfection equals the best current practice to disinfect rooms. By implementing a multimodal approach, healthcare facilities can equip their staff with range of effective tools. When selecting a no touch UV disinfection device, companies should first decide between purchasing and leasing. After choosing your financial tool other factors to consider are price, total cost of ownership, maintenance, service cost, customer service, and in house support. To learn more about how UVC Cleaning Systems can help improve your EVS toolkit. Contact us at 810-358-7202 today!

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...

Readmission Penalties Approaching for Skilled Nursing Facilities - August 5, 2016

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.

MRSA: The Fight Continues

The largest epidemic going on inside hospitals and other health care facilities is controlling the infection MRSA. The staph bug causing these infections resists treatment and because it attacks so many people with weakened immune systems, hospital-acquired MRSA accounts for the vast majority of fatal MRSA infections.

Norovirus strikes at the RNC in Cleveland OH

The Ohio department of health was notified on Monday 7/18/16 about the outbreak of Norovirus among staffers at the Republican National Convention. All of those affected are staying at the Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Oh, about 60 miles away from...
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