Proper and thorough environmental hygiene in hospitals is critical for the prevention of healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). Environmental hygiene encompasses rigorous environmental surface cleaning, including cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces in the healthcare setting, as well as decontamination of medical equipment and devices used in patient-care procedures, according to evidence-based practices and recommended guidelines from the CDC.
APSIC Abstracts on Environmental Control
The following abstracts on the topic of environmental control are from the meeting of the eighth International Congress of the Asia Pacific Society of Infection Control (APSIC), held in Bangkok, Thailand, Feb. 12-15, 2017. Reference: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection ...More
Sinks are Potential Source of CPE Transmission in the ICU
Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) are emerging pathogens that represent a major public health threat. In the University Hospital of Brussels, the incidence of new patients with CPE rose from one case in 2010 to 35 cases in 2015. Between January and ...More
Antimicrobial Surfaces as a Tool to Support HAI Prevention
More than 1 million healthcare associated infections (HAIs) occur within the U.S. healthcare system every year. According to a study per-formed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 of every 25 hospitalized patients in the U.S. develop an ...More
No-Touch Technology Manufacturers Share Perspectives on Key Issues
Weber, et al. (2016) concur with a number of studies that indicate the value of "no-touch" methods for disinfection of the contaminated healthcare environments, including technologies such as ultraviolet (UV) light devices, hydrogen peroxide systems, and other ...More
Diversey Care to Offer Scholarships to Attend 2017 APIC Conference
Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division announces it will offer 25 domestic, and two international $1,000 scholarships to infection preventionists to attend the 2017 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Conference. The ...More
Tru-D SmartUVC Awarded Supplier Contract with Vizient, Inc.
Tru-D SmartUVC announces it recently signed a supplier contract agreement with Vizient, Inc., the largest member-owned healthcare company in the country. Vizient serves a diverse membership and customer base that includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, ...More
Diversey Care Awarded Three-Year Floor Care Equipment Contract Position with Premier Inc.
Sealed Air’s Diversey Care division announces that Premier Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company, has awarded Diversey Care a three-year group purchasing contract for its TASKI® and Intellibot® floor care equipment. “We’re thrilled to be ...More
PDI Welcomes Leading Experts to Further the Advancement of Its Infection Prevention Technology
PDI, a leader in infection prevention products and solutions, announces an exclusive relationship with two of the world’s leading experts in infection prevention and epidemiology, Bill Rutala, PhD, MPH, CIC and David Weber, MD, MPH. Rutala and Weber will support the ...More
Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council Names Two New Board Members
The Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC) has elected two new members to its board of directors: Jeffrey Courey, chief operating officer of George Courey Inc., a leading North American linen wholesaler; and Linda McCurdy, president and chief executive officer of ...More
Researchers Explore Surface Cleaning Strategies in Hospitals to Prevent Contact Transmission of MRSA
Cleaning of environmental surfaces in hospitals is important for the control of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital-acquired infections transmitted by the contact route. Guidance regarding the best approaches for cleaning, however, is ...More