4 Ways to Improve Terminal Cleaning

by Erica Mitchell | July 29 2020

terminal cleaning 2024-01In time for New Years resolutions, let consider ways we can improve terminal cleaning! Terminal cleaning is a thorough, deep-cleaning of a patient room between occupants. Its purpose is to rid the room of infectious agents and provide the new occupant a sanitary space for recovery and healing. Terminal cleaning protocols vary by hospital, but the CDC, or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has recommendations for environmental cleaning, including terminal cleaning. This advice includes the staff involved in monitoring and evaluating cleaning, the training of environmental staff, and the analysis of data collected through regular assessments.

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Infection Control and Pro Sports

by Erica Mitchell | July 26 2020

The health of professional athletes has always been important, even though much of it has taken place out of the headlines and stayed in the locker rooms. Even infection control was important pre-pandemic, especially with the isolated cases of drug-resistant MRSA or other small outbreaks. But nothing has brought more attention to the health and safety of professional athletes than COVID-19. With millions of fans waiting desperately to watch their favorite teams - or, honestly, ANY teams - compete again, there has been intense work to prepare for a safe return to football, baseball, basketball, and many other professional sports. In today's post, we'll look at how these associations are putting into place the four most important aspects of outbreak prevention: Testing, social distancing, contact tracing, and surface safety.

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How clean is your Hospital Room?

by Erica Mitchell | July 22 2020

When we enter a hospital room as a patient, we are seeing the room at its cleanest. The room has just been scrubbed down during what is called "terminal cleaning," the rigorous cleaning that takes place after one patient is moved in preparation for the next patient to move in. However rigorous this cleaning procedure (and studies indicate that up to 60% of hospital rooms are not cleaned properly), there will be residual contamination by infectious pathogens. In a dynamic process of contamination and recontamination, after cleaning and through cross-transmission, germs stick around and continue to make patients sicker.

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Could We Be Close to a Vaccine for COVID-19?

by Erica Mitchell | July 17 2020

Exciting news brought encouragement this week as a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 announced it would enter Phase III testing by the end of the month. In the push for creating a viable vaccine, several cutting-edge technologies are being used for the first time, and make up the top 5 vaccine candidates to date. Today we'll look at these new mechanisms and their progress towards a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2.

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Isolation States and Isolation Rooms: COVID-19 Hotspots

by Erica Mitchell | July 7 2020

Resurgence of COVID-19 cases has led to areas of the country having to reinstate social distancing and shelter-in-place requirements. In hotspots throughout the nation, counties with significant spikes of cases are responding by closing public spaces, cancelling large gatherings, and enforcing mask rules. Meanwhile, other parts of the country are seeing slowing cases as they gradually open up. The hotspots, in many ways, are experiencing a bit of what it is like to be in an isolation room in a hospital. In today's post, we'll look at what our national scenario can tell us about hospital isolation.

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How Hospitals Stay Clean: Environmental Services

by Erica Mitchell | July 1 2020

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

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