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Fear the Curtain--Part 2 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain–Part 2

BACKGROUND Essentially, patient cubicle curtains serve two purposes: privacy and safety. Caregivers can use curtains as a screen while delivering procedures. They also take on the splash of blood and other potential infectious materials in acute care areas. The Problem with Privacy Curtains: Science has…


Fear the Curtain--Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain–Part 1

It has long been thought that environmental cleaning is a very important key to curbing the spread of cross-transmission in the patient-care environment.  Not to minimize meticulous handwashing by healthcare workers, but once hands are clean, they can quickly become contaminated if environmental surfaces are…


Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants Leave a comment Read more »

Contact Times for Surface Disinfectants

“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of “crackpot” than the stigma of conformity,” Thomas J. Watson I cringe when I read a LinkenIn post recently. The post stated,…


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Company’s Coming

It happens every Thanksgiving.  You have your family over for the annual Thanksgiving feast reminiscent of the one with the pilgrims and Indians. When you have company coming to your house for a family or friends and family event, you always want to present a…


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Lessons from the Frontline

In 1742, Sir John Pringle, a physician, was tasked with logging the problems associated with the military life. It resulted in the book, Observations on the Diseases of the Army. Pringle stated that there were two fundamental issues related to infection. The first was that…


Could a Hospital Mattress be an Infection Prevention Risk? Leave a comment Read more »

Could a Hospital Mattress be an Infection Prevention Risk?

There is an important term that’s being heard more often in your world: strike-through.The term is applied to soft surfaces and textiles, ant the fluids and microorganisms that can cross a barrier surface, or strike through it. According to Flashcardmachine.com, strike-through contamination is defined as…


Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program Leave a comment Read more »

Disinfectant Doubts Should Lead to a More Robust Infection-Prevention Program

Antimicrobial pesticides are designed to destroy or suppress harmful bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms on inanimate objects and surfaces in hospitals and other settings. The U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has a testing program–the ATP–whose purpose is to ensure that EPA-approved hospital disinfectants and tuberculocides…


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