Environmental Hygiene & HAI Articles

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

Dr. William Rutala Article from APIC Annual Conference 2016

Dr. William Rutala, PhD, MS, MPH, CIC, University of North Carolina Health Care System, set a bold goal for the future: to prevent all infections associated with instruments and the environment.

The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the U.S.

For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development.