Why are we ignoring UVC in disinfection of patient care devices and personal items?
After attending a recent Infection Prevention meeting and speaking with several attendees, it was clear to me that healthcare workers are not hearing the message regarding newer disinfection modalities for patient care equipment and personal equipment used around patients. These include “EHR” required cell phones, communicators and tablets, as well non-critical patient care tools like […]
Equipment Disinfection & Hand-Hygiene Automated to a Simple 30 Second Process
Healthcare workers use many high-touch items in the process of caring for their patients. Keeping those items consistently disinfected is a challenging process that is further complicated by irregular shapes and cleansing limitations, making manual decontamination difficult and questionably effective. Using cleaning products on mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops) and other medical technology has also […]
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 […]
Cleaning, Disinfecting, and Decontamination, do they make a difference in patient care?
COVID 19 has brought us face to face with the need for disinfection 24/7. Prior to COVID-19, most health care workers tolerated the role of an Infection Practitioner and the requirements imposed by the regulatory agencies. As a result of COVID, there are not enough ICP’s to meet the demand to track surveillance and adherence […]