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It's a perfect 10 for some of Scotland's supported employees thanks to Serco Facilities Management providing jobs for 10 people from the service. Nine of these supported employees were previously Project Search students - Project Search is a one year course run for people with a learning disability who are working towards finding a job - which plays a huge part in preparing people for, and helping them find work.
With the help of a fleet of germ-eliminating UV robots, Chesapeake Regional Healthcare (CRH) experienced a marked decrease in its Clostridium difficile infection rates.
These inspections have identified some common concerns around cleanliness and infection control practices, a lack of appropriate recruitment checks and poor medicines management.
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.
A new Healthcare Forum is being organised for Wednesday, 16th May, alongside next year's ISSA/Interclean exhibition in Amsterdam. The Forum will address the growing demand for hygienic and disinfecting products and solutions in the healthcare sector - a demand that has been fuelled by the increasing threat of healthcare-associated infections.
Vectair Systems has announced that its North American business, Vectair Systems, Inc. has become a member of the USGBC (US Green Building Council). This is in keeping with its commitment to the environment and a sustainable way of living.
The USGBC is 'committed to a sustainable, prosperous future through LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the leading programme for green buildings and communities worldwide'.
Building One Facility Services says is the first company in Connecticut to buy the Clorox Total 360 System and that it has taken this step to add an additional layer of surface protection and create an even healthier environment for its clients.
The system helps eliminate the bacteria, viruses and pathogens that can leave businesses and community members down for days.
Ochsner Medical Center - Jefferson Highway is setting a new standard for patient care by deploying Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots to improve patient safety and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.
Xenex's LightStrike Robots can destroy deadly pathogens and multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause HAI. LightStrike Robots help hospitals reduce their infection rates by killing microscopic germs and superbugs through use of pulsed xenon, an environmentally-friendly noble gas, to create Full Spectrum, high-intensity ultraviolet light.
IDEXX has announced the launch across Europe, The Middle East and Africa, of Legiolert, a new culture testing method that enables building owners and facilities managers to simplify water testing and reduce the risk posed by Legionnaires' disease.
Legiolert is a highly sensitive method for the confirmed detection of Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), in water and delivers results to decision-makers up to seven days faster than traditional testing methods.
Regular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to new research looking at incidence of the disease in over 55,000 nurses in the US.
Dr Orianne Dumas (PhD) from INSERM - the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research, Villejuif, France, told the European Respiratory Society International Congress on Monday, that certain tasks involving frequent exposure to disinfectants, such as cleaning surfaces and specific chemicals in disinfectants, were associated with a 22% to 32% increased risk of developing COPD.
A Legionella Awareness Day campaign has uncovered that over 1,300 cases of legionella have been reported in the UK since 2014, listing Greater London, Greater Manchester and Nottinghamshire as three of the areas most affected.
In the run up to Legionella Awareness Day, held by national water treatment company HydroChem UK, the company submitted 317 Freedom of Information requests to councils across the UK.
The new addition, Tru-D SmartUVC, short for 'total room ultraviolet disinfection', is a UV disinfection robot that uses UVC light energy to kill deadly pathogens such as C. diff, MRSA, MERS, Ebola and more.
Doors are clearly there to help us enter and exit rooms, but when we're worried about hygiene standards they can in fact prove to be barriers rather than enablers, with users unwilling to touch them with their bare hands. Dave Carson from washroom hygiene specialist P-Wave says he has the silver bullet to solve the problem.
The use of silver in hospitals and other healthcare situations is well established. Silver interrupts bacterial cells' ability to form the chemical bonds essential to their survival; so it has recognised anti-bacterial and anti-infection properties.
The manufacturers of Decon 7 say it is powerful enough to eliminate hazardous moulds (including black mould), fungi, viruses, E. coli, bacteria and odours and that it is effective against the latest 'superbug' to hit the headlines: Candida Auris - sometimes referred to as Japanese Fungus.
Ideal for a broad spectrum of applications, D7 effectively neutralises up to 99.999% of all bacteria, viruses, spores, moulds, and chemical & biological hazards, eliminating both vegetative and non-vegetative spores, by chemically cleaving spore walls, and neutralising mycotoxins therein. It can be used on a variety of surfaces, is fast acting, and it leaves a non-toxic pH neutral residual barrier to prevent recontamination.
There is a large variation in hospital infection rates across the UK, with the worst performers having more than five times the number of cases of Healthcare Acquired Infections than the best performing hospitals.
Infection rates can be cut with better hygiene and improved patient care in hospitals, surgeries and care homes, such as ensuring staff, patients and visitors regularly wash their hands.
In testament to its effectiveness it's a system used globally in water treatment plants for its disinfecting and sanitising properties.
This study aimed to help stop the 'Winter vomiting bug' norovirus from spreading, by understanding and improving food handler behaviours.
The new approach addresses four key areas where leading public health and social care providers are seeking transformation. These are the management of waste - in particular infectious waste - to reduce environmental impact and increase safety:
People getting sick in restaurants is a fact of life. Because we must assume that the ill person has Norovirus, restaurant owners and cleaning professionals should take proper actions to help prevent the spread of the disease.
The US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that about 75% of Norovirus cases are spread not through food, but because of norovirus-infected droplets becoming airborne and covering an area as far as 25 feet from the incident.
For many years, hospitals considered floors "non-critical" areas when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. This means floors were considered an unlikely source for the spread of infection in a hospital setting.
However, a 2017 study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, has determined that floors do harbour dangerous germs and should be reclassified as 'critical'areas requiring more thorough cleaning and disinfecting.
Multi-drug resistant organisms that can cause healthcare-associated infections such as CRE (carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae), MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) continue to be a problem among healthcare facilities.
As these infections continue to threaten patient populations, Burgess Health Centre in Iowa, US is adding an extra innovative precaution to existing infection control protocols: the addition of ultraviolet (UV) technology to treat patient rooms and other key areas in the facility.
Daylight Medical, manufacturer of innovative medical devices and an affiliate of Codonics, a global leader in patient safety and image documentation solutions, has this week announced that it has completed the sale of its UVC disinfection business to Sealed Air's Diversey Care.
Milwaukee's Jewish Home and Care Center facilities is to enhance its residents' and employees' safety by deploying a LightStrike pulsed xenon ultraviolet (PX-UV) light robot to combat dangerous microorganisms and reduce the risk of Clostridium difficile (C.diff) infections, as well as many other health risks such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and pneumonia that are common in healthcare environments.
Using the germicidal properties of ultraviolet light (UV-C) to automatically disinfect the keyboard and track pad after every use, the system is 99.99% effective in killing harmful microorganisms within seconds, eliminating the need for manual disinfection and disposal of biohazard waste.
The slogan of this year's campaign is: 'Fight antibiotic resistance ... it's in your hands', illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices such as washing hands properly and preventing antibiotic resistance.
Idexx, the global specialist in rapid microbiological testing for water, this week announced the publication of a peer reviewed study: 'Evaluation of a most probable number method for the enumeration of Legionella pneumophila from potable and related water samples,' by water microbiology consultant, David Sartory, in the April 2017 issue of Letters in Applied Microbiology.
The paper concludes that the IdexxLegiolert/Quanti-Tray test is superior to the standard method for quantifying Legionella pneumophila (L. pneumophila), the primary cause of Legionnaires' disease.
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."
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.