Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital linens may contain bacteria & mold: Best laundry strategies

To maintain progress with reducing infection rates, hospitals must continue to improve on their disinfection and cleaning procedures. The linens found in hospital rooms are breeding grounds for germs and bacteria, as shown in recent studies. 

Surprising source of bacteria & infections in hospitals

A great deal of effort’s been put into making sure hospitals avoid spreading germs that cause deadly infections in patients. But some of the bacteria may not actually originate behind hospital walls, which could change how facilities approach infection prevention down the line. 

Sinks may spread bacteria in hospitals

Proper hand hygiene is critical to stopping the spread of hospital-acquired infections. To promote hand washing, some hospitals may install extra sinks for the convenience of clinical staff. However, in some cases, sinks may actually spread infectious bacteria throughout hospitals. 

Copper kills bacteria in hospital rooms

There’s new evidence of the germ-fighting power of copper surfaces in hospitals. And it may present a compelling argument for your facility to start using copper-based products in patient rooms. 

Why hand hygiene is critical for patients

Hand hygiene isn’t just important for doctors and nurses. New information shows that getting patients to be more vigilant about washing their own hands can help stop the spread of superbugs and bacteria in hospitals. 

Where bacteria hide in ICU workstations

Germs could be lurking anywhere in your hospital – particularly in areas where highly infectious critical illnesses are treated, such as the ICU. And even after standard cleaning procedures are complete, there may still be some leftover bacteria in surprising places. 

How to reduce germs in your hospital, one stethoscope at a time

While hand-washing has been promoted as one of the best ways to stop germs from sickening patients in hospitals, other supplies and equipment your clinicians use need to be clean, too – like your stethoscopes.

Copper may be key to reducing hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals have to get creative and use all available resources in the battle to prevent patients from contracting hospital-acquired infections. One interesting technique that’s been proven to reduce infections: putting copper objects in hospital rooms.

New, deadly strain of E. coli rages through Europe

There’s still no definitive word on how the deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe got started — or why this new strain is having a particularly severe effect on adults.

Short-sleeved lab coats just as germy as long-sleeved

New research refutes the idea that shorter-sleeved lab coats are less likely to transmit bacteria among patients.