Ask the Expert: The CRE Superbugs

by Alastair Monk PhD | February 24 2015

about_CRE_alastair-01Right now there is a lot of attention being given to a group of bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). There have been two outbreaks reported by news outlets so far. FIrst, there was an outbreak at UCLA’s Ronald Reagan Medical Center linked to procedures with a contaminated endoscope resulting in two deaths and possibly many more infections. More recently, there was an outbreak at the Carolinas HealthCare System where 18 people this year have been reported with CRE.

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How Hospitals Stay Clean, Part 2

by Erica Mitchell | February 19 2015

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Today's post will look at the team in the trenches, the boots on the ground, the hands-on technicians: Environmental Services.

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How Hospitals Stay Clean, Part 1

by Erica Mitchell | February 18 2015

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By their very nature, hospitals both serve the most vulnerable people and host the most powerful germs. How do hospitals maintain safe levels of cleanliness in this challenging environment? The short answer is through rigorous planning and meticulous staff, all being organized into a myriad of activities and schedules by the conductor of this symphony, infection control. Let's take a closer look at the behind-the-scenes orchestration through two very important teams.

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Treated Article vs. Public Health Claims

by Erica Mitchell | February 9 2015

confused_marketplace-01As a general consumer, one most likely has little need to know the difference between a treated article claim and a public health claim. However, as a consumer for products for healthcare communities, including those that make claims about antimicrobial, biocidal, or infection control supports, it's essential to know the difference. Here is a quick overview.

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The Meaning of Clean: Sanitizers, Disinfectants, and Sterilizers

by Erica Mitchell | February 4 2015

CleanWhile the general population may use terms like sterilizer, disinfectant and sanitizer interchangeably, they actually have very specific definitions according to the government agency that regulates them, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These definitions include what percentage of pathogens must be killed, in what specific  amount of time they must be killed, and what protocols must be tested to achieve registration. All of these parameters are defined by the EPA and are not chosen or designated by the manufacturer.

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Kills 99.9% of bacteria* - Why the asterisk?

by Erica Mitchell | February 2 2015

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Whenever a product with EPA-registered Public Health Claims puts those claims in writing, you'll see an *  or t after the word bacteria or germs. For example, "XYZ kills >99.9% of harmful bacteria* in under two hours." You'll find this on the labels of cleaning products in your home, as well as on industrial strength cleaners found in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. What does it mean?

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