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Hospital Hygiene Feature

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Dealing with potential Norovirus incidents in restaurants

* Dealing-with-potential-norovirus.jpgPeople getting sick in restaurants is a fact of life. Because we must assume that the ill person has Norovirus, restaurant owners and cleaning professionals should take proper actions to help prevent the spread of the disease.

The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that about 75% of Norovirus cases are spread not through food, but because of norovirus-infected droplets becoming airborne and covering an area as far as 25 feet from the incident.

Reclassifying hospital floors as "critical" areas when it comes to cleaning

* Reclassifying-hospital-floors.jpgFor many years, hospitals considered floors "non-critical" areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. This means floors were considered an unlikely source for the spread of infection in a hospital setting.

However, a 2017 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has determined that floors do harbour dangerous germs and should be reclassified as 'critical'areas requiring more thorough cleaning and disinfecting.

Burgess Health Center implements Clorox Healthcare UV technology to fight infection

* Burgess-Health-Centre.jpgMulti-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among healthcare facilities.

As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Burgess Health Centre in Iowa, US is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.

Daylight Medical completes sale of medical UVC disinfection portfolio to Diversey Care

* Daylight-Medical.jpgDaylight Medical, manufacturer of innovative medical devices and an affiliate of Codonics, a global leader in patient safety and image documentation solutions, has this week announced that it has completed the sale of its UVC disinfection business to Sealed Air's Diversey Care.

LightStrike germ-zapping robot helps Skilled Nursing Facility dramatically reduce infection rates

* LightStrike.jpgMilwaukee's Jewish Home and Care Center facilities is to enhance its residents' and employees' safety by deploying a LightStrike pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) light robot to combat dangerous microorganisms and reduce the risk of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections, as well as many other health risks such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and pneumonia that are common in healthcare environments.

Vioguard to launch self-sanitising UV keyboard this year

* Viogard.jpgVioguard says that its self-sanitising UV keyboard and track pad, which has US Food & Drug Administration clearance, is to be launched towards the end of the year.

Using the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light (UV-C) to automatically disinfect the keyboard and track pad after every use, the system is 99.99% effective in killing harmful microorganisms within seconds, eliminating the need for manual disinfection and disposal of biohazard waste.

Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands

* Fight-antibio-resistance.jpgWorld Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on 5th May, highlights the importance of hand hygiene in healthcare.

The slogan of this year's campaign is: 'Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands', illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices such as washing hands properly and preventing antibiotic resistance.

New water study shows superiority of Legiolert test in identifying Legionnaires' disease risk over current methods

* New-water-study.jpgIdexx, the global specialist in rapid microbiological testing for water, this week announced the publication of a peer reviewed study: 'Evaluation of a most probable number method for the enumeration of Legionella pneumophila from potable and related water samples,' by water microbiology consultant, David Sartory, in the April 2017 issue of Letters in Applied Microbiology.

The paper concludes that the IdexxLegiolert/Quanti-Tray test is superior to the standard method for quantifying Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), the primary cause of Legionnaires' disease.

Serco employees hit perfect 10!

* Serco.jpgIt's a perfect 10 for some of Scotland's supported employees thanks to Serco Facilities Management providing jobs for 10 people from the service. Nine of these supported employees were previously Project Search students - Project Search is a one year course run for people with a learning disability who are working towards finding a job - which plays a huge part in preparing people for, and helping them find work.

Hospital sees 12% C. diff reduction in two-year, CDC-funded study

* Tru-D-bedside.jpgWith the help of a fleet of germ-eliminating UV robots, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) experienced a marked decrease in its Clostridium difficile infection rates.

Concerns about cleanliness and infection control in independent ambulances

* Concerns.jpgThe Care Quality Commission has now carried out 70 comprehensive inspections of independent ambulance services since April 2015. 

These inspections have identified some common concerns around cleanliness and infection control practices, a lack of appropriate recruitment checks and poor medicines management.

Independent study proves efficiency of R-D Rapid Disinfector UV-C disinfection system

* UV-robot.jpgA new independent study has demonstrated that the Steriliz R-D Rapid Disinfector offers a highly efficient ultraviolet-C (UV-C) disinfection solution for combating pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections; outperforming other systems against which it was tested.

Published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the peer-reviewed study of UV-C disinfection systems detailed the pilot testing and experiences of Vancouver General Hospital and Rochester General Hospital.

Hospital acquired infection control market reaches $16 billion

* Hospital-preparing.jpgIn its latest report, Kalorama Information says that the global hospital acquired infection control market was worth about $16.0 billion in 2016. The figure includes testing products, device sterilisation, specific cleaning products and HAI treatments.

The healthcare market research firm's report, Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Control Markets, provides market analysis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment segments of such infections.

Seventh consecutive Norovirus-free year in Merton schools thanks to meticulous cleaning

* Merton-cleaner.jpgJulius Rutherfoord's expert cleaning standards and focus on health & safety have effectively eradicated Norovirus outbreaks from London borough of Merton Council Schools and Families premises for seven consecutive years.

Norovirus or the 'Winter Vomiting Bug' became a serious issue in Merton in the Winter of 2007/08 with unacceptable numbers of cases, followed by another debilitating Winter of outbreaks in 2008/09.

Meet Moptimus Prime, the latest recruit to Mitie's cleaning team!

* Moptimus-Prime.jpgMitie, has introduced a state-of-the-art cleaning robot to its cleaning service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The robot cleaner, launched last month, is custom-made for the hospital and in the shape and appearance of an ambulance.

Moptimus Prime uses a mapping system to guide it round the hospital, completing pre-programmed cleaning duties, freeing up staff to focus on more complex tasks. Fitted with a motion sensor, it is able to detect if anyone is in front of it and stop moving.

GV Health wins contract with Compass Medirest and Bunzl to supply over 30 UK hospitals

* GV-Health.jpgGV Health announced yesterday, two major new collaborations with logistics operator Bunzl Catering Services and outsourced food, catering and soft FM services supplier Compass Medirest. Under the deal, Bunzl will supply hospitals with an extensive range of GV Health products including clinical and non-clinical waste bags, spillage kits and environmental hygiene solutions including wipes and disinfectants.

GV Health said it has become the first manufacturer and supplier to be awarded 'Nominated Supplier' status by Compass-Medirest.

Tru-D SmartUVC added to hospital's arsenal of infection prevention protocols

* SmartUVC.jpgMission Hospital, a Californian-based member of the US St. Joseph Hoag Health network, has added a new layer of proactive protection against the spread of infections in its facility. In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility's environmental care services (EVS) team, it has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.

Health institutions to introduce day-specific coloured bedding to improve hygiene

* colour-coded-bedding.jpgFor decades, the cleaning industry in the more developed countries has been pushing the idea of colour-coding to prevent cross-contamination, but now an organisation has gone one stage further by introducing day-specific colour-coded bedding, to improve hygiene and patient care, while ensuring that the sanitation mechanism that has been put in place, is adhered to.

SCA launches Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions in North America

* SCA-Tork.jpgThis week, Tork, an SCA brand, launched Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions, a new offering that helps customers unlock their washrooms' hidden potential by debunking the myth that upgrading a washroom's ambiance and efficiency requires significant time and money.

End-to-end hygiene and infection control reduces HCAIs and improves patient safety

GV Health will launch a range of integrated solutions for end-to-end infection control, waste management and patient safety at Arab Health 2018, which takes place from 29th January to 1st February in Dubai.

NHS office staff tell how they volunteered to help cleaning colleagues

* NHS-volunteers.jpgNHS Lanarkshire board secretary Paul Cannon swapped his suit for a plastic apron as he scrubbed beds, cleaned areas around beds and handed out patient meals to help hard-pressed clinical colleagues at a busy hospital.

Paul (pictured with Gillian Mathie (left) and Laura Dempster), was one of many office-based staff who put their day jobs to one side to help out as Lanarkshire's hospitals managed unprecedented numbers of patients needing care for winter illnesses.

At Your Service Cleaning Group provides additional layer of protection against germs

* At-Your-Service.jpgAt Your Service Cleaning Group has announced its latest effort in helping its clients fight harmful germs that can have severe impacts on businesses and community members.

The Clorox Total 360 System offers superior surface coverage in even the hardest-to-reach places including the sides, underside and backside of surfaces, which are typically hot spots for bacteria and viruses.

Technology helps fight infection-causing pathogens to enhance hospital safety

* Technology-hospital.jpgAs part of its ongoing commitment to patient safety, Newton Medical Center (NMC) has partnered with Clorox Healthcare to bring advanced, ultraviolet light technology to the hospital's existing patient safety and infection-fighting protocols.

Four Clorox Healthcare Optimum-UV Systems now complement NMC's comprehensive infection control plan, which combines manual surface disinfection with pathogen-killing UV technology.

Fulham Road renews with ISS UK

* Marsden.jpgThree NHS Foundation Trusts have awarded ISS UK major contract.

After a competitive procurement process, the Fulham Road Collaborative (FRC) has awarded a new five-year contract, worth more than £100m (842m DKK) over the contract term, to its existing provider, ISS Facility Services - Healthcare.

Enhancing floor safety through slip resistance testing, maintenance and risk awareness

* floor-safety.jpgThe results released in a slip and fall study report by CNA, a leading provider of insurance solutions and risk management services for businesses and professionals worldwide, reveal that tested floors in 50% of the surveyed sites failed to produce a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) level above the minimum threshold of 0.42 (American National Standards Institute).

Ultimately, these findings suggest that many businesses' fall prevention programmes may overlook the effects of flooring selection and ongoing maintenance on slip resistance.

AsepticSure disinfection system introduced to Nordic Region

* AsepticSure-bed-area.jpgAsepticSure, said to be the only disinfection system in the world that routinely achieves a minimum microbial kill of at least a thousand times greater than conventional cleaning methods, is to be distributed in the Nordic Region by GYD S.A.

The news comes following an agreement by AsepticSure's manufacturer Medizone International, and Aglon a/s, announced on Tuesday. Medizone has granted Aglon exclusive distribution rights for the AsepticSure system in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland.

Study finds copper surfaces in fitness centres reduce bacteria and possible infection

* Study-copper-surfaces.jpgUsing copper-alloy materials in fitness centres significantly reduced concentrations of bacteria on all equipment types, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

The study shows that high-touch surfaces in gyms made with copper will maintain reduced bacterial loads, as found in similar studies performed in hospitals.

Ochsner Medical Center launches infection-fighting robots to enhance patient safety

* Ochsner-Medical.jpgOchsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway is setting a new standard for patient care by deploying Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Xenex's LightStrike Robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause HAI.

Bridging the gap between cleaning the environment and infection prevention & control

* Bridging-the-gap.jpgA new Healthcare Forum is being organised for Wednesday, 16th May, alongside next year's ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. The Forum will address the growing demand for hygienic and disinfecting products and solutions in the healthcare sector - a demand that has been fuelled by the increasing threat of healthcare-associated infections.

Vectair Systems Inc. joins US Green Building Council

* US-Green-Building-Council.jpgVectair Systems has announced that its North American business, Vectair Systems, Inc. has become a member of the USGBC (US Green Building Council). This is in keeping with its commitment to the environment and a sustainable way of living.

The USGBC is 'committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the leading programme for green buildings and communities worldwide'.

Building One FS "first in Connecticut" to offer innovative germ-fighting electrostatic system

* Building-One-FS.jpgBuilding One Facility Services says is the first company in Connecticut to buy the Clorox Total 360 System and that it has taken this step to add an additional layer of surface protection and create an even healthier environment for its clients.

The system helps eliminate the bacteria, viruses and pathogens that can leave businesses and community members down for days.

New rapid water test will help fight Legionnaires' disease across EMEA region

* New-rapid-water-test-Legionnaires.jpgIDEXX has announced the launch across Europe, The Middle East and Africa, of Legiolert, a new culture testing method that enables building owners and facilities managers to simplify water testing and reduce the risk posed by Legionnaires' disease.

Legiolert is a highly sensitive method for the confirmed detection of Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), in water and delivers results to decision-makers up to seven days faster than traditional testing methods.

Nurses' regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD

* Nurse.jpgRegular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to new research looking at incidence of the disease in over 55,000 nurses in the US.

Dr Orianne Dumas (PhD) from INSERM - the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research, Villejuif, France, told the European Respiratory Society International Congress on Monday, that certain tasks involving frequent exposure to disinfectants, such as cleaning surfaces and specific chemicals in disinfectants, were associated with a 22% to 32% increased risk of developing COPD.

Awareness campaign highlights deadly legionella hotspots

* Legionella-awareness-campaign-showerhead.jpgA Legionella Awareness Day campaign has uncovered that over 1,300 cases of legionella have been reported in the UK since 2014, listing Greater London, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire as three of the areas most affected.

In the run up to Legionella Awareness Day, held by national water treatment company HydroChem UK, the company submitted 317 Freedom of Information requests to councils across the UK.

Marshall County Hospital invests in first UV disinfection robot

* Marshall-County-Hospital-UV-robot.jpgMarshall County Hospital in Benton, Kentucky, US, has added a new member to its environmental services team to proactively reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC, short for 'total room ultraviolet disinfection', is a UV disinfection robot that uses UVC light energy to kill deadly pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more.

Getting silver can put hygiene first

* PWAVE-PLATE.jpgDoors are clearly there to help us enter and exit rooms, but when we're worried about hygiene standards they can in fact prove to be barriers rather than enablers, with users unwilling to touch them with their bare hands. Dave Carson from washroom hygiene specialist P-Wave says he has the silver bullet to solve the problem.

The use of silver in hospitals and other healthcare situations is well established. Silver interrupts bacterial cells' ability to form the chemical bonds essential to their survival; so it has recognised anti-bacterial and anti-infection properties.

Decon 7 able to eliminate Japanese Fungus

* Decon-7-bacteria.jpgThe manufacturers of Decon 7 say it is powerful enough to eliminate hazardous moulds (including black mould), fungi, viruses, E. coli, bacteria and odours and that it is effective against the latest 'superbug' to hit the headlines: Candida Auris - sometimes referred to as Japanese Fungus.

Ideal for a broad spectrum of applications, D7 effectively neutralises up to 99.999% of all bacteria, viruses, spores, moulds, and chemical & biological hazards, eliminating both vegetative and non-vegetative spores, by chemically cleaving spore walls, and neutralising mycotoxins therein. It can be used on a variety of surfaces, is fast acting, and it leaves a non-toxic pH neutral residual barrier to prevent recontamination.

Children's Hospital introduces cutting edge Surfacide technology to combat HAIs

* UV-robots.jpgThere is a large variation in hospital infection rates across the UK, with the worst performers having more than five times the number of cases of Healthcare Acquired Infections than the best performing hospitals.

Infection rates can be cut with better hygiene and improved patient care in hospitals, surgeries and care homes, such as ensuring staff, patients and visitors regularly wash their hands.

Chemical free cleaning with TomCat Aqueous Ozone

* Aqeous-reader.jpgThe benefits of cleaning with ozone have been well documented, with its uses going back over the last century.

In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.

New research on preventing the spread of norovirus

* Nororvirus.jpgThe Food Standards Agency has published research carried out by Ipsos MORI, Food handlers and norovirus transmission: 'Social science insights'. 

This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.

Transforming safety and hygiene

* GV-Transforming-Safety.jpgGV Health has announced a new end-to-end approach for public health and social care, which is designed to transform safety and hygiene.

The new approach addresses four key areas where leading public health and social care providers are seeking transformation. These are the management of waste - in particular infectious waste - to reduce environmental impact and increase safety:

Steris acquisition bolsters DebMed's integrated hand hygiene compliance and skin care programme

* SterisDebMed.jpgDebMed's recent acquisition of Steris hand hygiene and surface disinfectants (AIC) is allowing the company to introduce its full array of hand hygiene and skin care innovation to the US hospitals, partnering with them to help staff achieve the highest standards of hand hygiene behaviour.

New formula Sansafe antimicrobial bin liners join Cromwell's portfolio

* Cromwell-antimicrobial.jpgCromwell Polythene is relaunching its Sansafe hygienic bin liners with a new formula, using recycled, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive.

Cuts to cleaning increasing deadly infection risks for Ontario patients

* Ontario-cuts.jpgAre Ontario's hospitals clean enough to keep deadly bacteria from infecting already ill and immune-compromised hospital patients?

HSL to run a one-day course on 'Slips and Trips - Falls Prevention'

Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions - but the key is in knowing the best methods. Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.

Mitie retains major contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust

* Mitie.jpgMitie's Clean Environments business has successfully been re-awarded its contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust to provide domestic cleaning services, waste collection, pest control and external window cleaning.

The three-year partnership, with an opportunity to extend for two further years, builds on the excellent service and partnership delivered by Mitie since 2009.

Twenty-nine countries join forces to prevent healthcare associated infectious diseases

Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments.

The beneficial aspects of the application of such coatings will be assessed in the context of potential environmental adverse effects, as well as development of bacterial resistance.

Campaign group to protest against QMC hospital cleaning contractors with 12-foot rat

* Rat-protest.jpgCampaign group 'Keep Our NHS Public' is taking a 12-foot inflatable rat to a protest ahead of a meeting today, between Nottinghamshire's QMC and City hospitals Trust and the cleaning contractor, Carillion. The meeting is being held to discuss the future of the deal between the two and KONP says it will be protesting against the continuation of the deal - using a giant 12-foot inflatable rat to 'make the point as clearly as possible'.

Global cleaning chemicals in healthcare, market report 2015-2020, now available

Research & Markets has announced the addition of the 'Global cleaning chemicals in healthcare market - segmented by type, application, and geography - trends and forecasts (2015 - 2020)' report, to its offering.

The report's writers say that the majority of cleaning chemicals in the healthcare market are used to produce sanitisers and disinfectants, and that innovations in hand sanitisers, such as new formulations with fragrances etc., are proving to be a trend in the global hand sanitiser market.

Healthcare settings see spread of new drug-resistant fungal infection

* candida-auris.jpgThirteen cases of Candida auris - a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, with cases documented in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Colombia and the UK - have now been identified in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

C. auris is often resistant to antifungal drugs and tends to occur in hospitalised patients.

Hospital installs bacteria-fighting operating room light fixtures

* hospital-cleaning-lights.jpgLas Vegas's Henderson Hospital is the first in the nation to purchase and install Indigo-Clean disinfecting lights in its operating and recovery rooms.

Indigo-Clean is clinically proven to reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection efforts, helping to proactively kill harmful bacteria before it enters the body.

Bachelor Award for hand hygiene feedback system

* Ophardt-dispenser.jpgA team of students from the University of Rotterdam has won the Hogeschool Rotterdam Bachelor Award for its project 'Couveuse Stoplicht'. Under the leadership of Ronald van Gils MSc, Linda Wauben PhD and Onno Helder PhD RN, the students were awarded the accolade against 20 other submissions.

In an interdisciplinary project, the students from the Electro-Technical, Industrial Product Design, Nursing and Healthcare Technology faculties, developed a hand hygiene feedback system to be used in neonatal departments. Using a traffic light system, the user receives a visual feedback which shows whether they have correctly cleaned and disinfected their hands or not.

Improved hygiene standards achieved for animal care and brand protection

* hygiena.jpgEveryone expects the highest standards of hygiene to be implemented in any healthcare setting, and the protection of patients, pet owners and staff within veterinary clinics is no different. Cleaning and disinfection should be monitored thoroughly and regularly with technology that permits objective measurement of any surface cleaning efficiency.

High standards of hygiene and monitoring have been adopted in animal research and breeding centres, whereas the hygienic state of nearly 5,500 UK veterinary premises is largely unknown to their owners, staff and users.

Purell brand extends portfolio with launch of surface disinfecting and sanitising sprays

* Purell.jpgGojo is adding a range of surface disinfecting and sanitising products to its Purell brand; best known for its hand sanitisers. The new products are aimed at the foodservice, healthcare and professional markets.

"People and businesses want to effectively disinfect and clean their work environments, but with products that are good for them and the planet," says Steve Ashkin, a leader in the Green Cleaning Movement.

Nottingham hospitals' cleaning contractor slated for poor cleanliness

The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".

Martin Gawith, who chairs Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, said: "Carillion has shown that management has been abysmal with a poor record of cleanliness. They should hand the contract back."

Clorox Healthcare introduces 'next generation' of bleach

* Clorox.jpgBleach has played an important role in public health for more than a century. This week, at the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Exchange 2016 annual conference, Clorox Healthcare announced its break-through innovation in healthcare disinfection with the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant.

Clorox says that Fuzion is the next generation of bleach and the first product of its kind to combine trusted bleach efficacy against tough-to-kill pathogens with the aesthetics required for broad use throughout healthcare facilities.

Risk assessment of pushing and pulling (RAPP) tool available from HSE

* HSE-Risk-tool.jpgThe Health & Safety Executive has produced a new tool aimed at those responsible for health & safety in workplaces - employers, managers and safety representatives.

This tool will help you identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.

Artificial enzymes used in cleaning products are 'potent allergens' and need testing, warns study

* enzimi_amilasi.jpgGenetically modified enzymes used to create aromas/ flavourings and boost the power of cleaning products and medicines, are "potent allergens" that immediately sensitise those occupationally exposed to them, concludes research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. But as yet there are no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor the potential health risk posed by these new enzymes, say the researchers.

FSA chief scientific adviser outlines the challenges of antimicrobial resistance

* amr-banner.jpgProfessor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.

The report is published as the President of the UN General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss AMR.

Tru-D SmartUVC germ-killing robot added to hospital's infection prevention protocols

* TruD.jpgFrye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already robust checklist of disinfection routines aimed at ensuring patients have the highest quality, safest care possible.

"The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we're working to safeguard the wellbeing of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our healthcare environment," explains Gar Atchison, CEO of Frye Regional Medical Centre.

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