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The Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' latest three-day Annual Education and Development Forum, which took place last month, was based on the theme 'Facing the Future'. Organised and managed in-house by the Midlands Branch and AHCP's business manager, the event turned out to be the best and most well-attended for many years.
Serco and Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), accompanied by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, have this week announced a partnership agreement to transform facilities management and patient-facing services at the hospital in Jeddah over the next five years.
Serco has been working with this leading hospital group for six months to design a new integrated service methodology, developing plans for major efficiencies and service improvements.
The two contracts will have a combined annual revenue of around DKK 250 million.
Public Health England's latest quarterly commentary on trends in reports of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteraemia, and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England for the period January to March 2018, has been published and they show that there is still work to do when it comes to finding ways to prevent the spread of infection.
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.
Outbreaks in healthcare settings have been reported by several EU/EEA countries including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK.
FXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.
According to the study, levels of fecal bacterium E. coli were always 99.9% less in polyurethane sponges than in cellulose sponges after use in households for one month.
A new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.
The study, 'Effectiveness of targeted enhanced terminal room disinfection on hospital-wide acquisition and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile: a secondary analysis of a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial with crossover design (BETR Disinfection)', which was recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, discusses the prescribed secondary analysis of the BETR-D randomized clinical trial.
Trinity Health deployed two Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots two years ago as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) - infections that patients acquire while receiving treatment in a hospital, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).
The dirtiest touch point was the touchscreen on the check-in kiosk, which had 10 times as many contaminants as the toilet seat.
NanoTouch Materials, in Forest, Virginia, has used new advances in nanotechnology to create NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces, enabling healthcare facilities to achieve a higher level of cleanliness. NanoSeptic skins and mats turn dirty high traffic touchpoints, such as reception counters, door handles, and over-the-bed tray tables into continuously self-cleaning surfaces.
ISS Australia has won the healthcare category of the Australian FM Innovations Award for introducing a real-time patient feedback tablet. It won the award for the introduction of a tablet-based survey that provides instant patient feedback regarding the cleanliness of the environment at Northern Health sites across Victoria, Australia.
The easy-to-use tablet allows patients to give real-time feedback from their beds, enabling ISS to quickly address any potential problems. The innovation was implemented to improve the quality of cleaning services, as well as the patients' perception of room cleanliness and their overall hospital experience.
SwipeSense, a Chicago-based healthcare technology company, announced this week the acquisition of iScrub Lite, a leading mobile application for hand hygiene observation. Originally conceived and developed by the Computational Epidemiology Research Group at the University of Iowa, iScrub Lite was launched to simplify the time-consuming and error-prone process of recording hand hygiene observations and sharing the results with healthcare professionals.
As part of its commitment to helping hospitals save more lives, SwipeSense reached an agreement with the University of Iowa to take ownership of iScrub Lite and will now be responsible for maintaining and ensuring the free application remains available to the infection control community.
With the launch of Hero Wipes EMS, first responders now have a wipe that effectively cleans and kills 99.9% of germs to reduce the risk of infection that bloodborne pathogens present. And, of course, if they are good for first responders, they are good for anyone who risks coming into contact with someone else's blood - such as cleaners.
This is the first time the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (OCHU/CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor have come together to seek a negotiated agreement on behalf of 75,000 nurses, personal support workers, cleaners, porters, and administrative, dietary and trades staff at 160 Ontario hospitals.
The lapses were of such concern to the RQIA that it recommended that the special measures be put in place and the Department of Health has accepted its recommendations.
Public Health England's latest quarterly epidemiological commentary on trends in reports of MRSA, MSSA and Gram-negative bacteraemia, and C. difficile infections, mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England up to October to December 2017, has been published.
MRSA and C. difficile are showing downward trends while MSSA incidences are increasing.
With the collapse of Carillion and fears expressed about other major companies, the spotlight is on the future of private finance in infrastructure delivery. When PFI was first introduced under the Major government and then embraced wholeheartedly by Gordon Brown as Chancellor, the memory of egregious cases of massive budget overruns and missed deadlines in the delivery of public projects was still fresh in the collective memory.
It was confidently asserted at the time that private sector efficiencies and management skills, coupled with effective risk transfer, would more than compensate for the higher cost of private sector borrowing and improve project delivery and overall cost.
Aging demographics and a spike in chronic conditions amongst Canadians, combined with increased turnover of hospital rooms, has forced healthcare providers to rethink their strategies for protecting patients at their most critical moments.
The threat is real. More than 200,000 patients get infections every year while receiving healthcare in Canada and more than 8,000 of these patients die as a result, according to a 2013 report from Canada's chief public health officer.
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.
Public Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 73 outbreaks, 71 of which (97%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 44 of which (60%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.
Americans are confident that the medical care they receive is safe and follows proper protocols. In fact, 91% who sought medical attention at a doctor's office, hospital, urgent care or other medical facility in the last year agree that the protocols followed, made them feel safe and protected.
That's according to findings from the recent study, 'The Patient Safety Report', conducted by Stericycle, which provides specialised compliance-based healthcare and waste solutions.
The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.
At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this January, Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued the stark warning that our growing resistance to antibiotics could prove as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare.
This bleak proclamation followed the World Health Organisation's announcement last year that superbugs- drug-resistant bacteria and pathogens-pose one of the most dangerous and imminent threats to human health across the world. So, what is causing our increasing resistance to antibiotics, what's behind these so-called superbugs and, most importantly, how can we prevent these startling forewarnings becoming reality?
Technology within healthcare facilities has had to significantly improve to reduce infections. Despite the advancements, though, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has a Healthcare-Acquired Infection.
Thus, infection control products have come into the spotlight in order to keep hospital facilities documented and maintained, as well as to protect the safety of the public.
The paper, 'Multidisciplinary Approach and Clostridium difficile Infection in Adult Surgical Patients', discusses the multidisciplinary program that Duke University Medical Center implemented to reduce its C. diff rate.
The latest Health Protection report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), shows that currently we are making improvements in combatting the virus.
The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 66 outbreaks occurring between weeks 1 to 4, 2019, 65 of which (98%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 43 of which (65%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.
UV Partners, (developer of the UV Angel Technology platform) and Surfacide, are unveiling their integrated advanced disinfection software at the 2019 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) conference this week. This new software offering will allow for a combined disinfection data portal with advanced analytics capabilities.
Using the expansive disinfection datasets from UV Angel and Surfacide, healthcare personnel can:
Wanting to ensure that its robust infection prevention strategy and protocols were the best possible, the Mayo Clinic conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems' pulsed xenon ultraviolet light room disinfection technology.
The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that adding pulsed Xenon UV disinfection to the hospital's disinfection efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates on the intervention units that has been sustained for two years.
According to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...
OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.
After an extended period of competitive dialogue with a number of potential partners, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services, Healthcare, a five-year contract, with an overall worth of approximately £40m, to provide a wide range of soft services, including cleaning, catering, housekeeping, security and associated services.
This is the first time that the Kent-based Trust has been able to take the opportunity of testing the services across its whole estate. ISS will be welcoming more than 250 new staff members into its Healthcare team.
The World Health Organisation says that while hand hygiene and the use of examination gloves in healthcare is critical, healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene procedures, either using alcohol-based hand-rub or soap and water, both before and after donning gloves, and that gloves should only be worn in certain scenarios. A recent study has found, however, that the use of gloves can create 'a missed opportunity' when it comes to hygiene.
Soft surfaces have traditionally been one of the bigger challenges to sanitise in the healthcare environment. One study found that 92% of privacy curtains were contaminated with infectious bacteria within one week of laundering. Yet another study cites that as much as 60% of nursing and physician attire can be a source of nosocomial infections.
Now, Prime Medical, in partnership with Clorox Professional Products, is introducing hospital privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats that harness the sanitising effects of sodium hypochlorite-based bleach, to help make these soft surfaces part of the solution in reducing healthcare-associated infections.
The spin-off from the Leibniz-Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrucken, Nano-Care Deutschland AG, has launched the third generation of ultra-thin coatings. 'Wipe-on Glass', it says, provides any kind of hard surface with a self-disinfecting performance for a period of from several months, to several years.
Simply wiped onto the surface, this robust and effective barrier against hospital germs, odour-causing bacteria, mould, fungi and yeast provides protection against the most substantial problem the 21st century faces: pathogen microorganisms.
A new, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention-funded analysis of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) shows that enhanced disinfection using UVC leads to a reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection.
The new substudy, 'Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection', was recently published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.
IEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.
Making its debut at IEHA's 52nd Annual Conference & Convention - part of ISSA Show North America 2018 - this highly specialised program enables healthcare professionals in facilities management to maximise the value they bring to the processes of patient care and recovery.
Canadian Union of Public Employees rallied last Friday against healthcare cuts, arguing that it is untrue for hospital and regional health network administrators to suggest that patients, care levels and infection control will not be adversely affected by a new round of cuts at Health Sciences North.
The cuts touch many areas of patient care including nursing, environmental services, administration, hospital linens, and other hospital support services.
A study that demonstrates a correlation between technology adoption and hygiene compliance in the eyes of Healthcare workers has been released by Tork, an Essity brand. According to the results, healthcare professionals believe introducing new technology such as hand hygiene monitoring systems, can play an important role in hygiene compliance and infection control across healthcare facilities.
Professor Mark Wilcox, MD, consultant microbiologist and Head of R&D in Microbiology at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will present a Symposium entitled 'Is the choice of hand drying method a decision for infection control teams rather than facilities?' at the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) 2018 Conference being held at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow from 30th September - 2nd October.
Idexx Laboratories, a global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Idexx Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organisation for Standardisation worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water.
P. aeruginosa can cause life-threatening infections in hospitals and is a frequent cause of skin, ear, and eye infections from pool and spa water. Public and private laboratories and healthcare and hospitality industry facilities count on the Pseudalert method to monitor their water for this pathogen.
As germs and bacteria become increasingly resistant to cleaning chemicals and antibiotics, Hunterdon Medical Center recently deployed Xenex LightStrike germ-zapping robots that use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to enhance traditional room cleaning procedures as a key part of the hospital's infection prevention program.
The hospital has seen a 76% reduction in Clostridium difficile infection rates since it began using the robots to disinfect rooms.
Mitie's Landscaping business has been awarded two new ground maintenance contracts with the NHS in the South West of England. The contracts with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and South-Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are together worth £675,000 over five-year terms.
For South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Mitie will deliver a range of landscaping services across 72 sites in Gloucester, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.
NHS 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.
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.
As 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.
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.
The 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, 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.
Using 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 - 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.
A 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 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 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.
IDEXX 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.
Regular 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.
A 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.
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.
Doors 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.
The 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.
There 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.