In the healthcare world, there aren’t many things that are more important than practicing proper infection control procedures. One slip up could cause a staff member or patient to contract a life-threatening infection. An outbreak could also bring the CDC down upon your facility and harm your facilities reputation. When it comes to infection control, it is better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you are practicing proper handwashing, proper disinfecting, and wearing appropriate PPE to reduce the risk of dangerous Hospital Acquired Infections.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.