The Federal Agency “CMS” on UVC Disinfection in Healthcare

Although UVC systems have contributed greatly to the reduction of infections, there are still Infection Preventionists concerned about its impact on CMS surveys and the JCAHO reviews. Since UVC is a chemical-free disinfection solution the EPA has not taken a position on UVC devices, and while the FDA does not regulate UVC disinfection activities, they […]

Candida Auris: A drug-resistant yeast that spreads in healthcare facilities

“Prevention Is Always the Better Plan” In health care, we are faced with hosts and sources of thousands of fungi, bacteria, and viruses. It is known that we have only identified 10% of microorganisms on earth as we are not able to grow them in culture. We can isolate their DNA and sequence it, but […]

No More Excuses

Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic has taught us all that we were not prepared for this occurrence. Handwashing is the Bain of our existence in healthcare. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, adherence to handwashing was often lower than 42%. The Joint Commission and CMS have always made handwashing a major emphasis of their facility evaluations, yet […]

WHERE ARE WE? My two cents….

Dealing with COVID-19 Pandemic has taught us all that we were not prepared for this occurrence. We were somewhat prepared for EBOLA., but most did not believe it would really be a factor in the US. When we were faced with a few cases some imported and some contracted while caring for those patients, no […]

Operationalize the Disinfection of Medical Tools & Electronics

Non-critical medical devices are those in contact with intact skin, but not mucous membranes. Examples of non-critical medical devices vary from stethoscopes, bp cuffs, to Screen & Button electronics, infusion pumps, and wearable monitors and transceivers.¹ Clearly, administrative tools like computer keyboards, mouse, bar-code readers, communicators, and mobile and landline phones fall in the mix […]

But What in the world are QUATS

Quats are workhorses of modern disinfection. In the home and in healthcare the cleaning disinfectants are some formulation of Quats. “QACs have been in use for approximately 50 years and are considered relatively safe. Despite the duration and prevalence of their use in commercial and consumer products, few studies have assessed the toxicity of single […]

Wash Your hands… Then What?

Dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic has taught us all that we were not prepared for this occurrence. Handwashing is the Bain of our existence in healthcare. Before the COVID-19 pandemic the adherence to handwashing was often lower than 42% across institutions. The Joint Commission and CMS have always made handwashing a major emphasis of their […]