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Briefings Healthcare Environmental Services
Feb. 26, 2009
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Fighting Infection
from Baltimore Sun
Most people come to a hospital expecting to get better. But many don't realize that on average, one in 20 patients admitted to a hospital in the United States will contract an infection during his or her stay. These infections cause a staggering 99,000 deaths per year. And a growing proportion of these infections no longer respond to a wide range of antibiotics. Doctors must turn to more costly antibiotics or ones with more side effects - if they can cure the infection at all. More

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Hydrogen Peroxide Fights Environmental MRSA
from The Phillippine Star
Hydrogen peroxide vapor has been found to be an effective disinfectant against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hospitals, according to data presented at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy annual meeting. More

ASHES Offers Online Supervisory Course
from ASHES
For the new supervisor or manager, this ten week, self directed program covers areas such as: environmental sanitation, microbiology, management and distribution of work, customer service, quality assurance and provides program participants the opportunity to collaborate, interact, problem solve and complete a targeted final project. Each module includes reading assignments, discussion opportunities and a project. Learn new ideas and strategies from the reading materials and from each other as you fine tune your skill sets. Register today by completing the Online Supervisory Course registration form. Registration closes on Monday, March 16, 2009 for the first study group of the year. Course begins Monday, March 23, 2009. Introductory price: Members $189; Non-members:$239. More

Vaccine for C. difficile is a Step Closer to the Frontline
from Nursing Times
The second phase of a clinical study of a novel tactic to beat the most common cause of hospital-acquired infection is to get underway. Whereas standard treatment of Clostridium difficile involves the use of antibodies, this trial will investigate the safety and efficacy of using a vaccine. More

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Researchers Hope Dallas Inmates Can Help Unlock MRSA Mystery
from The Dallas Morning News
The Dallas County Jail is the site of one of the most comprehensive studies ever undertaken of a dangerous, drug-resistant bacterial infection that has alarmed health officials across the nation. Last month, the Parkland Memorial Hospital staff began handing out medicated cleansing cloths to hundreds of participating inmates to see whether the cloths will stop the spread of the infectious, flesh-eating bacteria methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. More

Obama: Budget will Commit to Health Reform
from ASHES
Addressing a joint session of Congress last night, President Obama said his budget proposal to Congress Thursday will address “the crushing cost of health care” by building on reforms included in the recently passed Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Obama said health reform “cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year,” adding that he plans to bring together “businesses and workers, doctors and health care providers, Democrats and Republicans” to begin work on the issue next week. AHA President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock said, “America’s hospitals agree with the President that health coverage for all is essential. If we are to get a handle on costs, we must get everyone covered. Hospitals stand ready to offer ideas and insights about how to make care work better for patients, providers and communities.” Visit this site to view the AHA’s framework for health reform, Health for Life: Better Health. Better Health Care.

ASHES Multimedia Training Products
from ASHES
Join the 900+ healthcare professionals who took advantage of the educational opportunities at the 2008 ASHES Annual Conference, by visiting the ASHES Live Learning Center. Access the Conference content on digital media (as released for inclusion), with audio fully synchronized to session PowerPoints – WHENEVER YOU WANT, WHEREVER YOU ARE! You can even download the sessions in MP3 format to your iPod for portable listening! Use this multimedia as a training tool for staff at all levels. Post-Conference Special for UNLIMITED online access! Now Only $375*. Click here to order. Order today and get your education to go! *Member pricing. Non-members $699.

MRSA, Other Superbugs Continue to Threaten Health
from EmaxHealth
A 50 percent decline in hospital acquired cases of methicillin resistant Staphyloccus aureus (MRSA) in the past year could be seen as encouraging news except for the fact that other superbugs, such as antibiotic-resistant gram negative rods are beginning to emerge in hospital settings. In addition, cases of community-acquired MRSA, especially in children, are reported to be on the rise. More


Reduce bed turnover time
Learn how Premise helped a 1,000 bed hospital reduce its bed turnover time from eight hours to 30 minutes, while cutting related phone calls from 12 to just one. More

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