Are Healthcare Worker’s Mobile Devices Spreading Infection?

Computers, tablets and cell phones are part of the day to day operations in all healthcare facilities.  A large percentage of healthcare workers (HCW) are dependent on mobile devices to communicate, transcribe and document.  Tablets, pads and phones are carried into patients rooms.  Cell phones are taken everywhere (even the bathroom).  That factor along with the heat…

Not So Exotic!

Scientists. They always try to make things sound so exotic with their Latin phrases and chemical formulas. Foreign and so far away. But here is something that even with their scientific phraseology is plain and simple. And deadly serious. H5N1. Not the latest, but right now a great threat. On January 3, 2014, the first…

Did We Get Them All?

Did we get them all?  In a healthcare setting the environmental services team cleans patient care areas everyday.  There are any number of adequate products to be used, depending on the protocols of each individual facility.  However, is that once daily cleaning with these products enough?  What’s happening between cleanings?  Obviously, the germs are regrouping,…

Titanium Oxide Applications Outside the Research Laboratory

I’ve been reading some research abstracts about new and different technologies to be used in germ fighting.  They are basically oxidized metallic elements that destroy organic compounds on contact.  Read on. With the increased use of antibiotics has come the rise of the superbug.  Immune to traditional antibacterial products.  You’re picturing a hospital or healthcare…

Elimination is the Goal!

Last time, we said that some important groups had upped their interest in fighting HAIs (Healthcare-Associated Infections) and CLABSIs (Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections). Now, we are seeing more organizations joining the bandwagon. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), APIC (Association of Professionals in Infection Control And Epidemiology), SHEA (the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America),…

What Are We Killing?

Big scientific word: sporulation.  What’s it mean?  It’s when a bacterium in a vegetative state awakens into a protected spore state.  Did you know that some disinfectants can in fact promote this activity?  With something like C. diff., that is a very bad thing.  In healthcare, we all know C. diff.. Very bad reputation.  Transmitted…