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.

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

Killing Bacteria on Painted Surfaces

Recent advancements in technology have added a new weapon to the arsenal when it comes preventing the spread of disease-causing...

Comprehensive Guide to Building a High-Performance Infection Prevention and Control Program

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

Take Aim at Surgical Site Infections

Why It Matters: Timely incision management can help reduce the human and economic costs of SSIs. Complications with incision healing lead...

Just Because You are Using a Disinfectant, Doesn’t Mean You are Disinfecting

Health care-associated infections (HAI) remain a major cause of patient morbidity and mortality, costing the US economy billions of dollars...