Environmental Hygiene & HAI Articles

Baystate hospital warns nearly 300 patients of infection risk from dirty scope

Baystate Nobel Hospital in Westfield, Mass., has notified 293 patients who had colonoscopies between June 2012 and April 2013 of a possible exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

MRSA: The Superbug Poised to Cost Hospitals Super Sums

Hospitals today are increasingly being challenged by rising patient infection rates, especially from “superbugs” such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Less than 20% of nurses comply with standard precautions for infection prevention

Just 17.4 percent of ambulatory care nurses reported that they comply with all nine standard precautions for infection prevention

Hospitals lay battle plan to fight aggressive pathogens

Patient safety efforts widen to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The dirty truth of hospital cleaning: thin science

U.S. hospitals are evaluated on their ability to reduce the incidence of infections patients acquire during their stays, but there's surprisingly little evidence suggesting the best method to disinfect surfaces in patient rooms.

How your hospital can make you sick

Consumer Reports’ new Ratings of more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals show which do a good job of avoiding MRSA, C.diff, and other deadly infections

7 Sins of suboptimal disinfecting and how to mitigate them

Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality highlighted seven disinfecting challenges hospitals face, or the "seven sins of disinfecting."

Disinfection and Sterilization

by William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Hospitals turn to automation to aid in cleaning

Posted on Halth Facilities Management Environmental Services teams lean harder on technology to boost safety and performance