Healthcare News & Insights

Hospital plumbing may contain superbugs: Keeping patients safe from infections

Hospital-acquired infections should be a major concern for your facility, but there may be additional culprits you’re not addressing. A new study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed large amounts of antibiotic-resistant organisms in hospital plumbing. 

New ‘super scrubs’ fight germs in hospitals

The debate rages on about whether scrubs carry germs in hospitals. Whether they contribute to the spread of hospital infections or not, the uniforms come into contact with deadly bacteria on a daily basis. To make sure these germs don’t spread to patients, some hospitals are using new scrubs that are proven to repel contaminants. 

Dogs may help hospitals fight superbugs

Infection control is a serious issue for hospitals, especially regarding deadly superbugs. These bacteria sicken thousands of patients each year, and hospitals are trying many tactics to keep them under control. Soon, they may have some assistance in sniffing out superbugs from man’s best friend. 

New guidance for animals, pet therapy in hospitals

Despite the proven benefits pet therapy programs have on patients’ recovery, there are some risks. And hospitals haven’t had much guidance for creating policies to reduce these risks – until now.

Why infection prevention programs are worthwhile

Establishing a dedicated infection prevention program in your hospital is likely more cost-effective than you think – and it’ll have a big impact on saving patients’ lives, according to the results of a new study.

Your hospital’s infection control efforts may get a boost from shark skin

Hospitals may be able to take a bite out of their infection rates with a new material based on shark skin.

Infection rates down in hospitals

Good news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hospitals across the country have made significant progress when it comes to lowering infection rates and preventing certain hospital-acquired infections.

Everything from dust to bone residue cited in hospital’s health inspection

An inspection triggered by a former employee’s complaint led to several citations of one hospital system’s infection control and cleaning procedures.

Germ cops: Newest tool to prevent hospital-acquired infections

Hospitals are finding that more active intervention is the most effective way to reduce the rates of hospital-acquired infections among patients. 

One-third of health care pros don’t follow anti-infection guidelines

When asked, 33% of health care workers admit they don’t follow evidence-based guidelines for skin antisepsis.