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Briefings Healthcare Environmental Services
Nov. 26, 2008
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Oregano Could Help Eradicate MRSA Superbug
Scientists have discovered that the herb, commonly used in cooking, could eradicate the deadly infection from hospital wards. A team at the University of the West of England in Bristol, working with partners in India, found that tiny quantities of carvacrol, a naturally occurring compound in oregano, is a more effective antimicrobial agent than 18 pharmaceutical drugs it was compared against. The discovery could lead to a new defence in the fight against hospital infection. More

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Front Line Staff Training for Environmental Services
from ASHES
"From Top to Bottom: The Environmental Services Series” is a three-part DVD video series for the front line of your infection control program! Based on the ASHES publication Practice Guidance for Healthcare Environmental Cleaning, the series includes demonstration of step by step processes for the use of cleaning supplies and disinfectants, personal protective equipment, procedures to protect staff and patients, and protocols for eliminating the spread of infectious diseases in patient rooms and procedure areas. Made available through an unrestricted educational grant from Kimberly-Clark, the DVDs are available for purchase in a three-part package or individually. Visit here.

Joint Commission Issues Report on 'Hospital of the Future'
from AHA News Now
In a new report, The Joint Commission suggests principles to guide the development of "the hospital of the future." Developed by a panel of hospital administrators, clinicians and other experts, the report covers a broad range of issues, from building design to technology, staffing and health care economics. More

Microcapsules Act As 'Roach Motel' To Kill Harmful Bacteria
from Science Daily
Scientists at the University of Florida and the University of New Mexico have created tiny microscopic spheres that trap and kill harmful bacteria in a manner the scientists liken to “roach motels” snaring and killing cockroaches. The research could lead to new coatings that will disinfect common surfaces, combat bioterrorism or sterilize medical devices, reducing the devices’ responsibility for an estimated 1.4 million infection-related deaths each year. More

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Healthcare and Waste Disposal Workers: Don't Get Stuck!
from Market Watch
Incredibly, healthcare workers report suffering over one million injuries from conventional needles and "sharps" (e.g., syringes, scalpels) every year; with as many as five million needle-stick injuries gone unreported. These accidental exposures can have serious consequences, from the spread of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV, to more than twenty other infections that can be transmitted through needle-sticks. The issue of illegal dumping of contaminated medical waste also continues to plague communities throughout the world. According to The Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and Human Retrovirology, 93 percent of needles are improperly discarded into common trash. That means nearly eight million contaminated needles and syringes enter the American waste stream in each and every day. More

Virtual Education for Environmental Services
from AFP
From infection prevention to patient throughput, recordings of concurrent and general sessions from the ASHES Annual Conference are available for purchase as a complete set on CD-ROM or as individual sessions. This multimedia offering is an excellent training tool and informational resource for continuing education. Downloads also available in MP3 format to an iPod for portable listening! Post-Conference Special for UNLIMITED online access! Visit here.

Joint Commission Reports Gains in Hospital Care Quality
from AHA News Now
Hospitals have steadily improved the quality of care provided to patients over the past six years, according to The Joint Commission's latest annual report on hospital care quality. More

Intestinal 'Super Bug' Growing More Prevalent
from The Day
With her rosy cheeks and easy smile, Rebecca Lowe looks like the healthy person she has been for most of her 19 years. Yet the young woman, who lives with her parents in Preston and is a second-year student at Three Rivers Community College, is recovering from a five-week bout with a potentially life-threatening intestinal infection that's becoming more prevalent in southeastern Connecticut as a new strain of an old germ spreads worldwide. 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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