Infection Control & First Aid Blog

Can Floodwaters Put You At Risk For Infection?

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/12/18 8:45 AM / by Lindsey McCarthy posted in Disease, Infection Prevention, Infection Control

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

We all know how devastating hurricanes can be for a city. Flooding destroys homes and businesses, leaving people without jobs and places to live for days, even months, at a time. One of the most recent hurricanes, Hurricane Harvey, may cause more issues than structural damage to the people of Houston, Texas.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

How Are Infections Spread?

[fa icon="calendar'] 12/13/17 8:45 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Infection Control

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, typically cause infectious diseases. These microbes are not always harmful to we have thousands of simple organisms living in and on our bodies. Although, under certain conditions, bacteria can cause disease.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

How Clean Are Classrooms?

[fa icon="calendar'] 11/1/17 9:00 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Infection Control, Infection Prevention

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

In this presentation, ISSA Senior Training Specialist Mark Warner speaks about cleaning and disinfecting facilities for the upcoming school year and provides input on how to remain germ-free throughout the year. Warner explains that it is the school’s responsibility to thoroughly clean all appliances and utilities before kids return to school. Therefore, it is a mission of ISSA to help schools prepare during summer. At the same time, Warner notes that it is impossible to disinfect every single surface. And no matter how unblemished the building may be, “as soon as people start entering the building, they bring along with them anything they could be carrying on their skin or the soles of their shoes for that matter”. His advice? Be on your own guard. Wash your hands often and refrain from touching your face and scratching wounds in order to keep sickness away.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Can There Be A Completely Sterile Environment?

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/26/17 8:45 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Infection Control, Healthcare-associated infections, Infection Prevention

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

“You would think that a hospital is the most germ-free place, specifically designed for people to recover from illness, not catch them” but a recent study conducted by the US National Institutes of Health and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention points to a different conclusion. The research study tracked 40 nurses who wore three types of scrubs (a traditional cotton-polyester blend; one treated with silver-alloy inside fibers; and one treated to kill bacteria) over three 12-hour shifts in which they monitored one or two patients in a medical or surgical intensive care unit.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Breakdowns in Communication Lead to Outbreaks

[fa icon="calendar'] 10/18/17 9:00 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Infection Control, Healthcare-associated infections

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Communication failures between healthcare facilities can lead to infection outbreaks. A two-year research study conducted by OSU/OHSU College of Pharmacy, the Oregon Health Authority, and other collaborators suggests that statement is true. Researchers focused on an opportunistic pathogen associated primarily with infections among patients who have compromised immune systems and are in health care facilities known as Acinetobacter baumannii. The pathogen is extensively drug-resistant and can contain many antibiotic resistance genes that can be transmitted to other organisms. Multiple sites in the Pacific Northwest were studied, where “scientists identified 21 cases, including 16 isolates, of Acinetobacter baumannii that contained a rare gene responsible for resistance to the carbapenem class of antibiotics.”

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Hepatitis A Outbreak: San Diego

[fa icon="calendar'] 9/25/17 8:45 AM / by Morgan Bedford posted in Hepatitis A, Infection Control

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Each year, approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of Hepatitis A occur in the United States. Since late 2016, San Diego has been attempting to combat an outbreak of this disease. Hepatitis A is spreading like wildfire, primarily affecting the homeless population and heavy drug users in the San Diego area. On September 1, the county declared the outbreak a public health emergency. According to the San Diego Health & Human Services Agency, as of Sept. 5, 2017, the outbreak has infected 398 people, caused 279 hospitalizations, and 15 deaths. “Once Hep A is transmitted in a community like this, its kind of hard to stop.”

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

All Patients Deserve Standard Precautions

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/26/17 9:00 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Standards & Compliance, Infection Control

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

These standard precautions start with the caregivers and protect both the patient and themselves. These standard precautions are used to prevent infections and transmission of illness.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Infection Control Problems In Nursing Homes

[fa icon="calendar'] 6/2/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control, Infection Prevention

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

In one facility, 59% of its residents tested positive for a bacterial infection. Yes, you read that right, more than half of the residents in a nursing home had an infection. A "significant presence" of multidrug-resistant bacteria, like E. coli, has been discovered among a quarter of nursing home residents, says a new study conducted by researchers at the Columbia University School of Nursing.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

Stop Being Reactive To Infection Control

[fa icon="calendar'] 4/4/17 8:45 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Infection Control

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

Think about it, healthcare is waiting for people to get sick (or hurt) and then provide treatment. This is so costly and ineffective; the sitting, waiting and being reactive to conditions that could have otherwise been prevented. 

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

5 Considerations When Choosing A Disinfectant

[fa icon="calendar'] 3/21/17 9:15 AM / by Jill Tilton posted in Disinfectant, Infection Control, Infection Prevention

[fa icon="comment"] 0 Comments

If you are on the path of looking for a new supplier for your facilities disinfectant needs there are some considerations that you need to have. Your needs should be a good match for the solution that you will end up choosing. Your choice to switch could be to save some money in the budget, you are unhappy with your current disinfectant line, or you are just looking for a better product overall. Here are 5 things that you should consider when researching new disinfectant options.

Read More [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]