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Bleach has played an important role in public health for more than a century. This week, at the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) Exchange 2016 annual conference, Clorox Healthcare announced its break-through innovation in healthcare disinfection with the introduction of Clorox Healthcare Fuzion Cleaner Disinfectant.
Clorox says that Fuzion is the next generation of bleach and the first product of its kind to combine trusted bleach efficacy against tough-to-kill pathogens with the aesthetics required for broad use throughout healthcare facilities.
This tool will help you identify high-risk pushing and pulling operations and check the effectiveness of any risk-reduction measures.
Genetically modified enzymes used to create aromas/ flavourings and boost the power of cleaning products and medicines, are "potent allergens" that immediately sensitise those occupationally exposed to them, concludes research published online in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. But as yet there are no commercially available diagnostic tests to monitor the potential health risk posed by these new enzymes, say the researchers.
Professor Guy Poppy, the Food Standards Agency's chief scientific adviser, published the latest edition of his Science Report yesterday. It examines the science behind antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, and presents the latest findings around the role that food plays in the problem.
The report is published as the President of the UN General Assembly convenes a one-day high-level meeting at the UN Headquarters in New York to discuss AMR.
Frye Regional Medical Center, a Duke LifePoint hospital, recently added Tru-D SmartUVC, a germ-eliminating UV disinfection robot, to its already robust checklist of disinfection routines aimed at ensuring patients have the highest quality, safest care possible.
"The acquisition of this technology is simply another way that we're working to safeguard the wellbeing of every single patient who walks through our doors and protect the integrity of our healthcare environment," explains Gar Atchison, CEO of Frye Regional Medical Centre.
The inadequate assessment of cleaning procedures within hospital environments is a huge source of ongoing-costs with lost opportunities to save money as well as improve infection control. The patient environment is known to be closely associated with infection risks and superbugs are now resistant to almost all antibiotics.
Everyone accepts that a high standard of hygiene is an essential primary preventative measure in the fight against infection. The patient environment and high count touch surfaces are recognised as reservoirs of contamination. However, cleaning is often considered a low skilled task and a burdensome on-cost that is often treated as a soft target for cost cutting, which can be subsequently prove to be a false economy.
Norman Regional Health System in the US has four new team members who will help keep patients safe by disinfecting hospital surfaces - and they'll do it all without hands! It's the first health system in Norman to utilise Xenex germ-zapping robots, which have been credited by other healthcare facilities across the US for helping reduce infection rates.
Global biosciences company Genesis Biosciences is aiming to change the perception of biological technology used in the facilities management industry, with its award-winning Evogen Professional product range.
The microbial range of cleaning products has been developed using eco-benign chemistry and specific Bacillus strains to create strong-performing and environmentally safe solutions for customers.
NanoTouch Materials, producer of NanoSeptic self-cleaning surfaces, recently completed two market research studies as part of a $2 million grant the company received last year. Those studies uncovered business opportunities and consumer preferences that will drive the cleaning industry and guide product development in NanoTouch's disinfection technology lab.
Dear Jan, We were pleased to read last week's article on sanitary bin liners highlighting the need for in-depth scientific data to support claims made for antimicrobial consumables. As a provider of antimicrobial sanitary waste liners we agree that it is important to provide scientifically verified data, and to follow the principles of the relevant testing standards.
According to reports by the NHS Hospital Trust and the Primary Care Organisation, 1,222 MRSA bloodstream infections were reported between July 2014 and July 2015, with 72% of those attributed as being contracted outside of the hospital setting.
Global food safety auditing, training and consulting organisation NSF International, has completed the acquisition of Euro Consultants Group, the Wavre, Belgium-based food safety and quality service company.
This merger with ECG expands NSF International's footprint throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as its technical capabilities in food safety and quality, which helps companies and institutions build and integrate effective food safety and quality management systems throughout the global supply chain.
Over the past few years, instances of illness and death due to outbreaks of Legionnaires Disease, caused by Legionella bacteria, have appeared on the news and in the press. While this may have raised public awareness of the risks of Legionella, a duty of care on employers has been imposed by UK legislation since the mid-70's.
Having contracted MRSA in a hospital in Dublin in 2004, following major surgery, the owner of Creative Biocidal Solutions recognised - over his four and a half month stay - the need for micro cleaning of his hospital room on a daily basis, as well as the need to limit access to essential medical personnel only.
When he was eventually discharged, having witnessed the level of cleaning required to keep him safe and aid his recovery, he pledged to ensure the eradication of MRSA in hospitals. As his background was in the medical manufacturing and the chemical industry, over the years he had made many contacts around the world who were specialists in their particular fields.
Hospital technology available to manage functions such as room cleaning, heating and cooling maintenance and patient transportation, typically operates on different systems that do not interface with one another. To streamline facility service management, Aramark has integrated multiple systems into a new web-based platform called FacilityFit it was announced today.
Open and free to the public, the online resource is dedicated to exploring the world of microbial control and to offering an online knowledge-sharing platform for the latest advancements in sustainable, advanced technologies.
The study shows that RayVio's deep UV LEDs can eliminate bacteria found in hospitals and other buildings more quickly and to a higher degree than many of today's most common disinfection products, aiding in the fight against hospital acquired infections (HAI).
In an addition to its sole UK supplier agreement for Codonics' D-6000 mobile device disinfection range, APC Contech will supply the new on-demand Radius3 Disinfection Technology system to UK hospitals and associated healthcare markets.
Operating theatres are supposed to be sterile environments, but studies show that they remain contaminated with microscopic pathogens even after they have been cleaned. The remaining germs and bacteria can pose a threat to the next patient in that room - but there are ways to dramatically reduce this contamination, as a new study has confirmed.
Health and hygiene company, RayVio, has today announced that it has launched a new series of ultraviolet LEDs with what it says are the highest power output available from a small surface mount device footprint.
The technology facilitates the UV disinfection of water and environments by fostering a new generation of powerful and portable health and hygiene devices.
A new independent study has demonstrated that the Steriliz R-D Rapid Disinfector offers a highly efficient ultraviolet-C (UV-C) disinfection solution for combating pathogens that cause healthcare-associated infections; outperforming other systems against which it was tested.
Published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the peer-reviewed study of UV-C disinfection systems detailed the pilot testing and experiences of Vancouver General Hospital and Rochester General Hospital.
In its latest report, Kalorama Information says that the global hospital acquired infection control market was worth about $16.0 billion in 2016. The figure includes testing products, device sterilisation, specific cleaning products and HAI treatments.
The healthcare market research firm's report, Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) Control Markets, provides market analysis for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment segments of such infections.
Julius Rutherfoord's expert cleaning standards and focus on health & safety have effectively eradicated Norovirus outbreaks from London borough of Merton Council Schools and Families premises for seven consecutive years.
Norovirus or the 'Winter Vomiting Bug' became a serious issue in Merton in the Winter of 2007/08 with unacceptable numbers of cases, followed by another debilitating Winter of outbreaks in 2008/09.
Mitie, has introduced a state-of-the-art cleaning robot to its cleaning service at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. The robot cleaner, launched last month, is custom-made for the hospital and in the shape and appearance of an ambulance.
Moptimus Prime uses a mapping system to guide it round the hospital, completing pre-programmed cleaning duties, freeing up staff to focus on more complex tasks. Fitted with a motion sensor, it is able to detect if anyone is in front of it and stop moving.
GV Health announced yesterday, two major new collaborations with logistics operator Bunzl Catering Services and outsourced food, catering and soft FM services supplier Compass Medirest. Under the deal, Bunzl will supply hospitals with an extensive range of GV Health products including clinical and non-clinical waste bags, spillage kits and environmental hygiene solutions including wipes and disinfectants.
GV Health said it has become the first manufacturer and supplier to be awarded 'Nominated Supplier' status by Compass-Medirest.
Mission Hospital, a Californian-based member of the US St. Joseph Hoag Health network, has added a new layer of proactive protection against the spread of infections in its facility. In addition to stringent manual cleaning processes by the facility's environmental care services (EVS) team, it has adopted Tru-D SmartUVC, a UV disinfection robot, to provide terminal room disinfection once the EVS staff performs manual cleaning protocols.
For decades, the cleaning industry in the more developed countries has been pushing the idea of colour-coding to prevent cross-contamination, but now an organisation has gone one stage further by introducing day-specific colour-coded bedding, to improve hygiene and patient care, while ensuring that the sanitation mechanism that has been put in place, is adhered to.
This week, Tork, an SCA brand, launched Tork Stainless Washroom Upgrade Solutions, a new offering that helps customers unlock their washrooms' hidden potential by debunking the myth that upgrading a washroom's ambiance and efficiency requires significant time and money.
DebMed's recent acquisition of Steris hand hygiene and surface disinfectants (AIC) is allowing the company to introduce its full array of hand hygiene and skin care innovation to the US hospitals, partnering with them to help staff achieve the highest standards of hand hygiene behaviour.
Cromwell Polythene is relaunching its Sansafe hygienic bin liners with a new formula, using recycled, rather than virgin material, as well as a more powerful scent additive.
Are Ontario's hospitals clean enough to keep deadly bacteria from infecting already ill and immune-compromised hospital patients?
Slips, trips and falls are the leading cause of major injuries in the workplace. These injuries can be devastating for the individual involved and they generate a huge financial burden on industry. Almost all slips and trips can be prevented, often with simple inexpensive interventions - but the key is in knowing the best methods. Slips and trips can happen for a number of reasons, but all too frequently people jump to conclusions about why they happen rather than looking for the true cause, or assume that it is 'just one of those things' and do nothing.
Mitie's Clean Environments business has successfully been re-awarded its contract with Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust to provide domestic cleaning services, waste collection, pest control and external window cleaning.
The three-year partnership, with an opportunity to extend for two further years, builds on the excellent service and partnership delivered by Mitie since 2009.
Over 60 universities, research institutes and companies from 29 European countries are to jointly study the impact that antimicrobial (nano-)coatings can have on the spread of infections in healthcare environments.
The beneficial aspects of the application of such coatings will be assessed in the context of potential environmental adverse effects, as well as development of bacterial resistance.
Campaign group 'Keep Our NHS Public' is taking a 12-foot inflatable rat to a protest ahead of a meeting today, between Nottinghamshire's QMC and City hospitals Trust and the cleaning contractor, Carillion. The meeting is being held to discuss the future of the deal between the two and KONP says it will be protesting against the continuation of the deal - using a giant 12-foot inflatable rat to 'make the point as clearly as possible'.
Research & Markets has announced the addition of the 'Global cleaning chemicals in healthcare market - segmented by type, application, and geography - trends and forecasts (2015 - 2020)' report, to its offering.
The report's writers say that the majority of cleaning chemicals in the healthcare market are used to produce sanitisers and disinfectants, and that innovations in hand sanitisers, such as new formulations with fragrances etc., are proving to be a trend in the global hand sanitiser market.
Thirteen cases of Candida auris - a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, with cases documented in Japan, South Korea, South Africa, Kuwait, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, Colombia and the UK - have now been identified in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
C. auris is often resistant to antifungal drugs and tends to occur in hospitalised patients.
Indigo-Clean is clinically proven to reduce harmful bacteria, including MRSA and C-diff, up to 70% beyond routine disinfection efforts, helping to proactively kill harmful bacteria before it enters the body.
A team of students from the University of Rotterdam has won the Hogeschool Rotterdam Bachelor Award for its project 'Couveuse Stoplicht'. Under the leadership of Ronald van Gils MSc, Linda Wauben PhD and Onno Helder PhD RN, the students were awarded the accolade against 20 other submissions.
In an interdisciplinary project, the students from the Electro-Technical, Industrial Product Design, Nursing and Healthcare Technology faculties, developed a hand hygiene feedback system to be used in neonatal departments. Using a traffic light system, the user receives a visual feedback which shows whether they have correctly cleaned and disinfected their hands or not.
Everyone expects the highest standards of hygiene to be implemented in any healthcare setting, and the protection of patients, pet owners and staff within veterinary clinics is no different. Cleaning and disinfection should be monitored thoroughly and regularly with technology that permits objective measurement of any surface cleaning efficiency.
High standards of hygiene and monitoring have been adopted in animal research and breeding centres, whereas the hygienic state of nearly 5,500 UK veterinary premises is largely unknown to their owners, staff and users.
Gojo is adding a range of surface disinfecting and sanitising products to its Purell brand; best known for its hand sanitisers. The new products are aimed at the foodservice, healthcare and professional markets.
"People and businesses want to effectively disinfect and clean their work environments, but with products that are good for them and the planet," says Steve Ashkin, a leader in the Green Cleaning Movement.
The contractor responsible for cleaning Nottingham's hospitals should be sacked for its "abysmal" management, Healthwatch Nottinghamshire has told the BBC. Healthwatch raised concerns over an alleged rat sighting, dirty plates and overflowing bins at the Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital. It said Carillion, which provides the cleaning services, has shown a "poor record of cleanliness".
Martin Gawith, who chairs Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, said: "Carillion has shown that management has been abysmal with a poor record of cleanliness. They should hand the contract back."
GenEon Technologies has been awarded a US Environmental Protection Agency Registration Number for its On-site Generating System.
Made from high-quality stainless steel housing and measuring W 506mm x H 333.5mm x D 173.7mm, the large capacity, lockable unit has a hygienic spray chamber where the innovative sprayhead function delivers a precise spray cone that covers both hands. There is an integrated drip tray too.
There has always been a concern that when the batteries in any electronic dispensing system run low, there is the risk that before the maintenance team has a chance to replace them, washroom users will be unable to access sufficient soap to clean their hands properly. Well no more.
Springfield Clinic has announced that it is the first Ambulatory Surgery Center in Illinois, US, to use the Xenex Germ-Zapping Robot and is among the leading outpatient surgery centres in the country to incorporate the technology.
The Xenex robot, affectionately named Louie by the Springfield Clinic Infection Control Committee, uses Full Spectrum pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to quickly and safely destroy harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and bacterial spores. The portable system is effective against even the most dangerous pathogens, including C. diff, influenza, Ebola and MRSA.
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Just imagine the air in a room being made odour free and sanitised safely and efficiently in 15 minutes... This is what the AC7Duo offers at a push of a button. No chemicals or deodorants are required as this commercial grade air cleaning system is inspired by nature - a thoughtful combination of harnessed ozone power and mobility under your control.
Fresh and clean smelling air is often critical for a company's performance and reputation, as well as for its occupants' health and wellbeing.
Despite having policies in place to prevent infections, staff at outpatient care facilities fail to follow recommendations for hand hygiene 37% of the time, and for safe injection practices 33% of the time.
This is according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC).
Welsh biosciences company Genesis Biosciences has developed what it says is anti-microbial technology for the facilities management industry, which provides protection to users of feminine hygiene units through a patented 'vapour technology', based on a natural active ingredient being supported under the European Biocidal Products Directive.
In 2015 the EU, under the Biocidal Products Regulations, launched an approved suppliers list to better regulate the supply of biocidal products in Europe; improving safety for users and product quality. Only products containing biocidal materials from an approved supplier can be legally traded in the EU market.
According to the Epocrates 2014 Mobile Trends Report, the presence of 'digital omnivores' - a clinician regularly using digital devices including tablets, smartphones and computers - was 41% in the US in 2014 and was predicted to increase to 74% in 2015. One of the biggest surges was expected to come from tablet usage, going from 45% in 2014 to 80% in 2015. Withstanding the apparent increase in touchscreen device usage in healthcare, a June 2015 study in the American Journal of Infection Control stated that proper protocols are lacking to address sensitive surfaces like touchscreen devices.
Often supported by donors, many hospitals now have art initiatives that include wall art. Disinfectants can damage canvas prints and murals. While walls are not disinfected as frequently as high-touch surfaces, periodic cleaning is necessary.
Moreover, sales of professional use handcare products surpass other professional cleaning chemicals, such as floorcare and hard surface cleaners, growing at 3.6% in 2015 to nearly $1.5 billion at the end-user level, finds the recently published Industrial and Institutional Hand Care: U.S. Market Analysis and Opportunities report by global market research and management consulting firm Kline.
Manufactured in the UK to the highest standards, the EU- & US-patented Dip-San is claimed by the company to be the only self-cleaning toilet brush on the market. Ideal for the professional cleaning environment, including hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, offices, schools and public facilities, every unit boasts a lifetime guarantee.
This new insight could lead to new methods of preventing infections and could contribute to overcoming problems with antibiotic resistance.
The news comes after the recent government review on the antibiotic resistance challenge suggested that deaths from antibiotic resistant infection could exceed deaths from cancer by 2050, and cost the global economy $100 trillion.
Frequent handwashing is both effective and gentle with the launch of Gojo Mild Antimicrobial Handwash. The new formulation has proven efficacy against a broad spectrum of potentially harmful micro-organisms, from bacteria to yeast and virus particles, whilst being mild to the skin.
Minor illnesses are the second biggest cause of workplace absenteeism in the UK. Reduced productivity and the potential costs of buying in cover for absentees soon affect the bottom line, so it makes sense to do all you can to improve hygiene and with it, the spread of illness-causing bacteria.
The Cannon Touch provides an ultra-fine mist of sanitising spray to the door handle each time it closes, so it is kept hygienically clean for every user.
UK-based Genesys International has selected Water Planet, a global supplier of high-performance, membrane-based water treatment solutions, as the US distributor for its line of reverse osmosis membrane anti-scalant and cleaning chemicals.
Teamsters Canada, the trade union representing workers in the service, hospitality, transportation and production industries, believes that the Canadian government should open an investigation into what it says are several serious health & safety problems at the new Humber River Hospital.