Do your surfaces and disinfectants have a good relationship? Part 3

In the April edition of Infection Control Today, Kelly Pyrek’s article “Disinfection and Surface Compatibility” is a valuable tool for any one that deals with surface disinfection.  She references Linda Lybert’s points to key aspects of surface materials as they relate to the environmental hygiene process.  These surface materials points include: Materials and textiles:  brushed…

Million Dollar Athletes Get Infections too!!

The spread of infection has been a topic of concern on many people’s mind, lately. Do you think about infections in the sense that bacteria and viruses can harm you? Mindith Rahmat wrote an article that is very eye-opening. “MRSA Infections: Prevent Transmission in Your Gym”. Rahmat states that methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and carbapenem-resistant…

Norovirus is a Pricey Bug

In an article in Infection Control Today (April 26, 2016), Norovirus is in the spotlight for the high cost of treating and lost wages.  Many people think of Norovirus because it has been running rampant on cruise ships.  It is awful when people on vacation are stricken by a virus that presents with severe gastrointestinal…

Rainy Season is Mold Season

Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Mold spores may enter buildings from the outside through open doorways, windows, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems with outdoor air intakes. Spores in the air outside also attach themselves to people making them convenient vehicles for carrying mold indoors. When mold spores drop on…

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…