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Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections and Readmission Fines Leave a comment Read more »

Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections and Readmission Fines

Healthcare-associated infections cost facilities millions of dollars, but Environmental Services can curb the trend. Since 2001, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has cracked down on hospitals where patients contracted infections during or as a result of their stay. In facilities with readmissions…


Athlete's Mouth?! Leave a comment Read more »

Athlete’s Mouth?!

Could you imagine football without helmets, soccer without shin pads or even basketball without a hole cut out of the bottom of the basket? It’s amazing to consider the evolution of sports equipment – from where games started and where they have come. In 1947,…


It's All About the Cleaning (Part 2) Leave a comment Read more »

It’s All About the Cleaning (Part 2)

Although cleanliness is next to godliness, it’s also very closely related to disinfection. In fact, cleaning can avert the need to disinfect in some situations because clean and dry surfaces can’t harbor microbial growth for very long. A disinfectant kills microbes. However, depending on the…


It's All About the Cleaning, Part 1 Leave a comment Read more »

It’s All About the Cleaning, Part 1

It is difficult for me to believe there are MDs in the epidemiology field who still don’t have “enough evidence” to make them believe that environmental hygiene is key to preventing hospital-acquired infections. I say to them, “It’s all about the cleaning!” I am not…


What Do We Mean by "Cleaning" and "Disinfection"? Leave a comment Read more »

What Do We Mean by “Cleaning” and “Disinfection”?

In our world today, but especially in healthcare, there are few if any, tenets as impervious to overstatement as the importance of cleanliness.  A facility might appear to be ‘clean’ and not be safe and disinfected.  However, if the facility is safe and disinfected, it…


Ebola is Airborne? Leave a comment Read more »

Ebola is Airborne?

You’ll recall that when the Ebola crisis took center stage last summer, the Centers for Disease Control had a lot of missteps. Just prior to the Ebola outbreak in America, the CDC had been caught mishandling three pathogens — anthrax, avian flu and small pox.…


Confessions of an Infection Prevention Junkie Leave a comment Read more »

Confessions of an Infection Prevention Junkie

Let’s get it out on the table; I am an infection prevention junkie.  I am the guy who watches the 24-hour news cycle for stories related to the happenings in the world of “germs, microbes, pandemics, epidemics, outbreaks” and such.  Here are just a few…


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