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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…


The War is On! Leave a comment Read more »

The War is On!

The well-trained, well-equipped Housekeeper is at the front-lines in the war against healthcare acquired infections and the WAR IS ON! The housekeeper is honest, hard-working and often overlooked. She struggles to make ends meet; get the kids ready for school; worries about her husband’s work…


Hospital Associated Infections and the ES Department Leave a comment Read more »

Hospital Associated Infections and the ES Department

  The Environmental Services worker is on the front-line in the battle against Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI’s). Without ES in the trenches, these organisms could easily gain a foothold in any hospital in any place in the world. Such organisms cause bacterial and fungal infections…


Lowering the Curtain on HAI's Leave a comment Read more »

Lowering the Curtain on HAI’s

It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-contamination. Not to minimize meticulous handwashing by healthcare workers, but once hands are clean, they can quickly become contaminated if the environmental surfaces are not clean and disinfected. The…


OMG this disinfectant kills HIV!!!! 2 Comments Read more »

OMG this disinfectant kills HIV!!!!

“OMG this disinfectant kills HIV!!!!” is a statement that I have encountered on more than one occasion. Needless to say, each time I’m presented with it I give a little chuckle. You see, for those of us with a rudimentary understanding of microbiology and more…


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