From Single to Multiuse: A Brief Review of N95 Respirator Decontamination Strategies
Here, we will review 3 common sterilization modalities currently in use for N95 respirator decontamination, how they work, and their strengths and limitations.
How One Long-Term Care Facility Held Off COVID-19
Difficulties in communicating with the elderly necessitate close speaking. These circumstances are a ripe atmosphere for spreading respiratory diseases. While residents were largely isolated from the broader population, their caretakers were not.
The STDs Infectious Disease Experts Hate Most
Even with effective screening, treatment, and education, STIs can be like movie villains who just won’t die, who change form, and who keep coming back to wreak havoc. They’re relentless, but so is science.
Ready for the Next Pandemic? (Spoiler Alert: It’s Coming)
This may not be the best time to ask, “What’s next?” But…what’s next? What pathogen(s) not called COVID-19 should we be most concerned about? And where will it (they) be coming from?
Beware Pitfalls of Reopening Too Quickly
As more people become vaccinated, we will be navigating the aspects of a partially vaccinated public. This will be especially challenging as we learn more about prevention of infection and not just severe disease.
Blue Light, Food Oils Combo Kills Superbugs, says Study
Investigators wanted to see how their method would fare against Acinetobacter baumannii and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and results were promising.
Robots Disinfect Hospital Rooms with Ultra-Violet Light
In response to COVID-19, companies manufacture robots that would complement the cleaning and disinfection work done by environmental services teams in hospitals. Might the machines also one day take their jobs?
Intense Infection Control Stops C. Auris Spread
“Infection control measures, including surveillance, education, cleaning/disinfection, patient cohorting, isolation, and hand hygiene, effectively contained the outbreak; it was declared over within 2 months.”
Keep an Eye on Ventilation Standards at Clinics
Beware the loophole. Many clinics are often classified as office space, not health care buildings, so they do not have adhered to ventilation standards.
Endoscope Cleaning: What Infection Preventionists Should Know
Linda Spaulding RN, BC, CIC, CHEC, CHOP: “Infection preventionists need to learn how to clean an endoscope, or at least observe the cleaning…. Infection preventionists need to make rounds, they need to talk to the person processing.”
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