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Controlling Infection Spread in Waiting Rooms Leave a comment Read more »

Controlling Infection Spread in Waiting Rooms

Have you been to see your doctor recently? Many clinics, urgent care centers, emergency rooms and physician practice waiting rooms are not a safe place during this cold and flu season. The United States experiences epidemics of seasonal flu each year. This time of year…


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…


Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate Leave a comment Read more »

Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST) for Hand Hygiene is featured in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) newest Expedition program: “Impacting Hand Hygiene at the Frontline.” The Expedition’s six web-based sessions, which begin July 30, 2013, are designed to…


Fear the Curtain-Part 3 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain-Part 3

In “Fear the Curtain” Parts 1 and 2, I attempted to define the current state of affairs as it relates to privacy curtains in hospitals. First, healthcare workers and patients frequently touch privacy curtains before, during and after care encounters. This may promote transfer of…


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

Fear the Curtain–Part 1

It has long been thought that environmental cleanliness was the key to curbing the spread of cross-transmission.  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…


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MRSA Isolation Room Cleaning Regimen

Recently a housekeeping manager wrote to ask, “We are experiencing an outbreak of MRSA in our hospital and I am part of a task force to see if we need to do things differently. If you have a policy for cleaning a patient’s MRSA isolation…


IEHA to Release 2nd Edition of "Infection Prevention for Dummies" Leave a comment Read more »

IEHA to Release 2nd Edition of “Infection Prevention for Dummies”

The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) will release the updated 2nd Edition of Infection Prevention for Dummies® (previously titled “Infection Control for Dummies”® in the first edition, 2008) at ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2010 in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 9-12, 2010. “For Dummies” is a branded imprint…


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