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,…

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),…

CLABSI: How Big IS It?

This thing is so small you need a microscope to see it. But man, it’ll put a hurtin’ on you if you come in contact with it! We talked last time about the CLABSI as a central line associated blood stream infection – CLABSI. To add to the alphabet soup, a CLABSI is an HAI.…

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…

Ramping Up the Effort in Georgia

Shocking headline reads, “Georgia Ranks Near Bottom on Hospital Infections.”  This information comes to light as the result of new federal reporting requirements for hospitals.  And it may save some lives.  Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says doctors are inherently competitive people, and don’t want to be…

Bottom Line on New Rules

Hey!  That’s my bottom line you’re talkin’ about.  Now you’ve got my attention.  The government has always played a role in healthcare, but now they’ve tossed another wrench into every hospital’s operating gears.  Report to us on your healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and we will penalize you for poor performance they say.  Those penalties are…