Environmental Hygiene & HAI Articles

Hospital toilet flushing during patient care can lead to spread of pathogens

A study, published in Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, quantified the particles and bioaerosols produced from flushing a hospital toilet during routine patient care.

Study: C. Diff Transmission "Might Be More Likely to Occur" in Surgical Centers

Researchers call for improved antibiotic stewardship in outpatient facilities of all kinds to help stem the tide.

Study shows nurses' scrubs become contaminated with bacteria in hospitals

As part of the Antimicrobial Scrub Contamination and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial, researchers from Duke University Hospital, followed 40 nurses who wore three different types of scrubs over three consecutive 12-hour shifts

We must fight the deadly superbug threat with every tool we've got

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its first list of the world's most dangerous “superbugs” – raising the alarm about 12 families of bacteria that have developed resistance to even the most powerful antibiotics, and according to the report, making hospital, nursing home stays and routine surgeries more dangerous.

Studies show benefit of disinfecting lights: 3 takeaways

During the week of Oct. 26, research examining the efficacy of disinfecting lights was displayed at the Infectious Diseases Society of America's conference in New Orleans.

The above information references the research posters presented at ID Week 2016. Read the full write up on these posters.

New E. coli strain reinforces need for effective ES, hand hygiene, experts say

Rigorous cleaning standards can help to prevent spread of new antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Identifying and addressing weak links in any infection control protocol

It might be helpful for some to think of healthcare-associated infection prevention as an algebraic equation. That's because so many factors tie in to effectively combating HAIs, and each has a variety of complex and moving parts to be managed, monitored and assessed on an ongoing basis.

Gloves transfer bacteria between hospital surfaces, study finds

Although healthcare workers use gloves to protect both patients and themselves from bacterial contamination, new research suggests gloves themselves may play a significant role in transferring bugs between hospital surfaces.

A Look at Multidrug-resistant Organisms

Here are prevention strategies for some common superbugs.

Hospital axes almost 200 operations over infection scare while specialist cleaning takes place

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham axed all non-emergency surgeries while its air filtration system and operating theatres to be sanitised