The study underscores just how much of a moving target COVID-19 remains.
Many studies have shown that disinfection of surfaces is suboptimal and effective disinfection requires not only an effective product but also, effective practice. The surface must be completely and thoroughly wiped with an adequate number of antimicrobial wipes effective against the target pathogen and a contact time specified by the label instructions.
Regulatory and public health agencies in the US provide clear guidance on what products may be used in outbreaks of emerging pathogens.
New technologies have emerged in EVS practices that infection preventionists can help review before a facility decides to implement.
Infection control teams concerned about how hospital sink drains can breed reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant pathogens should consider having environmental services (EVS) personnel clean those drains every 3 to 5 days with a mixture of h
Human coronaviruses can remain active on surfaces such as metal, glass, or plastic for up to 9 days after exposure.
Symptoms include difficult breathing, fever in a baby who is younger than 2 months, a fever that lasts for 3 days or longer, or fever that doesn’t respond to fever-fighting medication.
On average, copper beds harbored 94% fewer bacteria than conventional beds.
Contamination incidents can be compounded by the operational/staffing challenges at healthcare facilities.
Learn key aspects of the instruments reprocessing procedure and how to protect patients and staff.