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Face Protection Effective in Preventing the Spread of Influenza, Study Suggests
from Science Daily
A new article in the journal Risk Analysis assessed various ways in which aerosol transmission of the flu, a central mode of diffusion which involves breathing droplets in the air, can be reduced. Results show that face protection is a key infection control measure for influenza and can thus affect how people should try to protect themselves from the swine flu. More
How Superbugs Control Their Lethal Weapons
CDC guidance for CRKP
An article published in JAMA on May 20, points out some of the dangers of this new infection, and offers recommendations for treating and mitigating the spread of CRKP.
JAMA notes that recent reports have demonstrated that healthcare facilities can track CRKP through broth-based culture techniques, and also through in-house prepared molecular techniques and a commercial chromogenic agar. The Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved the latter two. In the meantime, the CDC and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) has developed guidance for acute-care facilities. More
MRSA: Potentially Deadly Infection, Once Seen Primarily In Hospitalized Patients, Now Linked To Common Foot Conditions
Environmental Services & Housekeeping Week – September 13-19, 2009
Environmental Services (ES) Department of the Year Award
To enter the Environmental Services Department of the Year Award contest, visit this link to access the online entry form. All submitted data will be kept confidential. The deadline for completed entries is Entries due by June 5, 2009.
The winner of the Environmental Services Department of the Year award will be profiled in Health Facilities Management and recognized at the ASHES Annual Conference, which will be Sept. 20-24 in Reno, Nevada. More
Bed Bugs Remain Threat to Hospitals
Although bed bugs are unlikely to spread diseases, they cause rashes and allergic reactions in humans. Without a specific method for eliminating the pests, prevention is the best method for ensuring a facility remains free of bed bugs. However, if you do detect bed bugs, Akre offers the following tips:
• Collect suspected insects in a small container and seek out an expert who can confirm whether bed bugs exist.
• Removal of bed bugs requires a combined regimen of thorough cleaning, vacuuming to remove any eggs and wrapping and sealing mattresses to kill the insects.
New solutions to eliminating bed bugs may be down the road, including using heat, cold temperatures or steam to eliminate the pests.
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