The Patient and HAIs: Impact and Engagement

by Erica Mitchell | August 23 2019

Two interesting studies came out in the past year that examine the patient's perspective in hospital acquired infections. The patient experience happens to be an overlooked area in research, despite the valuable insights that these individuals can provide. In today's post, we'll look at what these two important studies reveal about the patient's personal experience and how to engage the patient more in HAI research.

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Pets and Pathogens: Keeping Our Furry Friends Healthy

by Erica Mitchell | August 21 2019

With Take Your Cat to the Vet Day tomorrow and National Dog Day falling next Monday, we wanted to talk about the health of our furry friends, their medical care, and how they have evolved to fight infections as they moved from the wild into our homes. Today’s post will shed some light on how animals join us in the fight against pathogens while also revealing additional opportunities for Preventive|Biocidal Surfaces™ to play a role in reducing the deadliest of those pathogens.

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Help Wanted: Lab Technologists Needed

by Erica Mitchell | August 16 2019

Of the ten most in-demand jobs for 2019, half are in the medical field. At highest demand are home health aides, with projected growth in this area estimated at around 40% by 2024. The need for medical administrators comes in at 20% estimated growth, along with great demand for nurses at every level. But perhaps surprisingly, among these high-demand jobs is that of the medical technologist, a critical staff position in the fight against infection control and prevention. Today's post will explore this behind-the-scenes job and its critical role in healthcare facilities.

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4 Things the CDC Does for Me (and You)

by Erica Mitchell | August 15 2019

A couple years back, the EOSCU Team had the honor of presenting at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) campus outside of Atlanta, GA. During the meeting with the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, we were able to share information about our product as well as data from our first clinical study. This meeting was anything but one-sided, however - the experts at the CDC were able to identify directions and partnerships we should explore in the future. This visit prompted us to present this post about the CDC, and what it does for our nation and the world on a daily basis.

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Today we are thankful for... Vaccines.

by Erica Mitchell | August 9 2019

Our blog covers many topics in the healthcare field, most of which focus on preventable hospital-acquired infections. In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, we focus on a different category of preventable infection, those viral infections that can be avoided thanks to vaccines

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LTACHs and Infection Control

by Erica Mitchell | August 3 2019

Long-Term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACHs) are facilities serving only patients with serious medical conditions who need at least 25 days of ICU-level care. They evolved from the TB sanitoriums and other specialized treatment facilities of the past, and have experienced significant growth over the past decade. In today’s post, we’ll explore the purpose of these new medical facilities, as well as the implications for infection control when serving these high-risk populations.

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Superbugs: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance

by Erica Mitchell | July 31 2019

Superbugs, or antibiotic-resistant bacteria, are posing an increasingly difficult challenge for healthcare facilities. Some bacteria are resistant to certain classes of antibiotics. Some are resistant to all but the strongest, and often most expensive, antibiotics. These superbugs are called MDR, multiple-drug-resistant. Others still, while very rare, are resistant to all known antibiotics. One example, carbapanem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is resistant to even the most powerful antibiotics, has high mortality rates, and can easily spread its superpowers to neighboring organisms.

So how do we keep helping create these superbugs that are so hard to kill? And what can we do about it?

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Copper: An Ancient Remedy That Actually Works

by Erica Mitchell | July 30 2019

This post is intended to provide historical background for some of today's medical treatments. It is not intended to provide medical advice or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Superbugs: Horizontal Gene Transfer

by Erica Mitchell | July 24 2019

In our earlier post, we explored the way mutations in bacteria can result in antibiotic resistance. If a mutation helps a bacteria survive its environment, it passes that strength on to future generations, who also survive. Pretty simple. But did you know that bacteria can also transfer their resistant genes to neighboring bacteria, just like mailing them a letter?

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Flesh-Eating Bacteria: What Beach-Associated Infections Can Teach Us About HAIs

by Erica Mitchell | July 19 2019

It seems like it's not officially summer without at least once newspaper headline warning us about "flesh-eating bacteria" cases connected to popular beaches. This disturbing trend - there are more and more cases each year - has been connected to climate change as well as agricultural run-off. Whatever the cause, these infections can lead to severe injury and even death. But as it turns out, this health risk can also teach us a few things about a far more fatal crisis: healthcare-acquired infections, or HAIs.

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