Environmental Infection

There is increasing evidence that the healthcare environment is an important source of healthcare-associated infections. Every facility must thoroughly clean its environment to prevent it from developing into a reservoir for pathogens. Exposures to environmental pathogens or airborne pathogens may result in infections with significant morbidity and/or mortality.

 

Environment of care involves construction and renovation; equipment and environmental service needs; utility maintenance and use; emergency management; and more.

Emerging Impact of Biofilms on the Environment of Care

Dry surface biofilms present a challenge in the healthcare environment, harboring pathogens and protecting them from disinfectants. We have reviewed...

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Curbing the Infection Risk of Healthcare Garments

Evidence is mounting that workers’ garments carry pathogens out of healthcare facilities and inadequate domestic laundering brings them in. While...

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Tru-D’s One Placement, One Cycle and One Solution Approach to UV Disinfection

More than a decade ago, Tru-D was the first to bring to market a UVC disinfection robot capable of precisely...

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Bundled HAI Prevention: Comprehensive Strategies for Reducing Infections

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cost health care facilities billions of dollars each year, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

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The importance of contact time and visible wetness to ensure effective disinfection

This article highlights challenges to effective cleaning and disinfection in healthcare and describes the importance of using surface wetness during...

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Infographic: Reducing the risk of ECG cable & lead wire cross-contamination

Every patient deserves a clean start. Contamination of reusable electrocardiogram (ECG) lead wires is common. Cleaned, ready-to-use ECG leads have...

The Six C’s: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment

To aid compliance with OSHA’s Universal Precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with blood, bodily fluids, harmful residue from...

Handling Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment

To support infection prevention by guiding facility management in developing a written policies and procedures manual outlining their own best...

The Imperative of Mattress Cover Integrity for Survey Readiness and Infection Prevention

Mattress covers in healthcare facilities are frequently damaged. Studies have shown that more than 26% of mattresses are damaged. The...

The Truth About Disinfectant Contact Time

When it comes to preventing disease transmission in healthcare settings, surface disinfection is one of the most impactful tools in...

What’s new? Strategies for Healthcare Environment Infection Prevention

Environmental factors are a significant source of disease transmission in healthcare settings, from direct contact with contaminated surfaces to pathogens ...

Get Your Hands Dirty!

When it comes to infection prevention in healthcare environments, there is no simpler or more effective way to prevent the...

EPA-Registered Latex Paint Kills Pathogenic Bacteria on Hard Nonporous Surfaces

Combating hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is one of the most urgent challenges facing healthcare facilities today. According to the Centers for...