Environmental Hygiene

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  • Environmental Hygiene Imperative

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    While patient-satisfaction evaluations still indicate a fondness for shiny floors in a hospital, this "shiny floor syndrome" can no longer supersede the need for thorough, rigorous environmental cleaning.More...

  • A Disinfection Connection

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    By connecting with environmental services and assuring the right disinfectants are being properly used on all the appropriate surfaces, infection control staff can limit the opportunity for a nosocomial infection to occur, protecting patients and reducing potential costs. More...

  • Cleaning Intervention Cuts C. difficile Acquisition Rates by One-Third

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    Robert Orenstein, DO, formerly associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Infection Prevention and Control at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. and now with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, has devised an environmental hygiene intervention so successful it has reduced Clostridium difficile acquisition rates by one-third in high-risk units. This deceptively simple intervention involves consistent daily cleaning of all high-touch surfaces with a spore-killing bleach disinfectantMore...

  • Hospitals Boost Sustainability Efforts, Reduce Environmental Impact

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    The healthcare industry is rife with opportunities to reduce the environmental impact it creates, with the added benefits of institutional financial gain, improved patient outcomes, better staff health and reduced turnover, and community benefit, according to a report from Practice Greenhealth and from the Institute for Innovation in Large Organizations. An increasing number of healthcare institutions are endeavoring to reuse, recycle and repurpose medical supplies and devices to promote better More...

  • Using ATP in Healthcare Settings

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    Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is an enzyme that is present in all living cells, and an ATP monitoring system can detect the amount of organic matter that remains after cleaning an environmental surface, a medical device or a surgical instrument. Hospitals are using ATP-based sanitation monitoring systems to detect and measure ATP on surfaces as a method of ensuring the effectiveness of their facilities’ sanitation efforts.More...