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Hospital Hygiene Feature

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Novaerus joins Clean Hospitals collaboration to help raise standards

* Novaerus2.jpgNovaerus, an Irish company specialising in air disinfection using patented ultra-low energy plasma, has joined the Clean Hospitals collaboration between manufacturers from the professional hygiene industry, representatives from academia, key opinion leaders and hospital management, which aims to raise industry standards and increase the visibility of environmental hygiene in patient care.

Ultimately, these improvements in environmental hygiene will benefit public health by lowering rates of healthcare-associated infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance.

IDEXX Legiolert receives NF Validation Certification by AFNOR for Legionella pneumophila testing

* IDEXX-Legiolert.jpgIDEXX has announced that the Legiolert test, used for the rapid, confirmed enumeration of Legionella pneumophila in hot and cold sanitary water and cooling tower water, has been granted the NF Validation by AFNOR Certification, under the reference No IDX 33/06 - 06/19.

The Certification follows a study carried by independent expert laboratories. The performance of the Legiolert method was judged equivalent to the performance of standard EN ISO 11731, used worldwide and NF T90-431, used in France.

RSPH issues report on infection control during 'special procedures'

* RSPH-tats-report.jpgThe Royal Society of Public Health has published a detailed report, titled Skins and Needles, which reviews the infection hazard associated with tattoos, cosmetic piercings, electrolysis and acupuncture - generically referred to as 'special procedures'.

Systems of control of the potential risks vary across the UK and beyond; among other recommendations, the RSPH calls for all UK health systems to review current arrangements.

Investigation continuing into foods linked to listeria infections in UK hospitals

* Update-on-Investigation.jpgGood progress is being made in the continuing investigation into the food supply chain, to identify the source of the listeria strain linked to the recent hospital cases - which have so far resulted in two deaths. The Food Standards Agency is leading the investigation, with the support of Food Standards Scotland and local authorities.

Products directly linked to the cases were identified and these were withdrawn from the food chain on the same day as the link was established. This strain was traced back to a producer which withdrew all their ready-to-eat foods on a precautionary basis. Investigations are continuing to try and determine the point of origin of the listeria strain.

Medline announces first infection control product EPA-registered to kill emerging pathogen

* Medline.jpgHospitals and clinics now have a tool to combat Candida Auris, a multidrug-resistant fungus that can cause serious infections in hospitalised patients. Medline announced that the US Environmental Protection Agency has cleared its Micro-Kill bleach germicidal bleach wipes to be marketed as killing the fungus on hard, non-porous surfaces.

The fungus, which has a mortality rate of 35%, has been shown to linger in healthcare facilities despite efforts to eradicate it with traditional disinfectants. It can be difficult to treat and has caused outbreaks worldwide.

DebMed now key component of an expanded product offering from new parent

* DebMed-key-component.jpgDebMed, an established leader in the healthcare market by way of its DebMed Monitoring System and specialised skincare products, is now part of an expanded offering from SC Johnson Professional, which acquired the British manufacturer in 2015. This latest rebranding marks the company's continued expansion into the healthcare segment.

Robotic germ zapper helps bring down infectious disease

* Robotic-Germ-Zapper.jpgA germ-zapping robot called LightStrike from Xenex is being used at California Pacific Medical Center hospitals to help curb the spread of infectious diseases.

This mobile robotic device is used in intensive care units, medical surgery units, operating rooms and in rooms where patients suffering from Clostridioides difficile, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other microorganisms, were discharged.

PHE's latest report on norovirus outbreaks in hospitals shows outbreaks reduce services

* PHE-report.jpgPublic Health England's latest report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), covering weeks nine - 13, 2019, shows that services are still having to be reduced in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.

The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 73 outbreaks, 71 of which (97%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 44 of which (60%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.

Report reveals patient confidence in hygiene protocols but lack of knowledge over safe disposal of meds

* Stericycle-Patient-Safety-Report.jpgAmericans are confident that the medical care they receive is safe and follows proper protocols. In fact, 91% who sought medical attention at a doctor's office, hospital, urgent care or other medical facility in the last year agree that the protocols followed, made them feel safe and protected.

That's according to findings from the recent study, 'The Patient Safety Report', conducted by Stericycle, which provides specialised compliance-based healthcare and waste solutions.

Hospital cleaning trial cuts infections

* Hospital-cleaning-trial.jpgA major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has made significant reductions in healthcare-associated infections and demonstrated cost-benefits.

The cleaning bundle costs approximately AUS$2,500 per 10,000 bed days to implement and is broadly applicable to cleaning in any hospital.

Cardiff company is leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance

* Cardiff-company.jpgAt the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this January, Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued the stark warning that our growing resistance to antibiotics could prove as big a danger to humanity as climate change or warfare.

This bleak proclamation followed the World Health Organisation's announcement last year that superbugs- drug-resistant bacteria and pathogens-pose one of the most dangerous and imminent threats to human health across the world. So, what is causing our increasing resistance to antibiotics, what's behind these so-called superbugs and, most importantly, how can we prevent these startling forewarnings becoming reality?

Infection control products come into the spotlight for healthcare facilities

* Infection-control-prods.jpgTechnology within healthcare facilities has had to significantly improve to reduce infections. Despite the advancements, though, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention estimates that on any given day, one in 31 hospital patients has a Healthcare-Acquired Infection.

Thus, infection control products have come into the spotlight in order to keep hospital facilities documented and maintained, as well as to protect the safety of the public.

C. diff rates reduced with bundled approach as part of infection reduction program

* rates-reduced.jpgA new manuscript has been accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons which examines C. diff in adult surgical patients.

The paper, 'Multidisciplinary Approach and Clostridium difficile Infection in Adult Surgical Patients', discusses the multidisciplinary program that Duke University Medical Center implemented to reduce its C. diff rate.

Latest Norovirus outbreak figures in hospitals show marked improvement over last year

* Latest-Norovirus-outbreak.jpgThe latest Health Protection report on suspected and laboratory-confirmed reported norovirus outbreaks in hospitals (England) and norovirus laboratory reports (England and Wales), shows that currently we are making improvements in combatting the virus.

The hospital norovirus outbreak reporting scheme (HNORS) recorded 66 outbreaks occurring between weeks 1 to 4, 2019, 65 of which (98%) led to ward/bay closure or restriction to admissions and 43 of which (65%) were recorded as laboratory confirmed due to norovirus.

Partnership will advance technology and software platform to combat HAIs

* Partnership.jpgUV Partners, (developer of the UV Angel Technology platform) and Surfacide, are unveiling their integrated advanced disinfection software at the 2019 Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS19) conference this week. This new software offering will allow for a combined disinfection data portal with advanced analytics capabilities.

Using the expansive disinfection datasets from UV Angel and Surfacide, healthcare personnel can:

Mayo Clinic study reports 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates using room disinfection technology

* Mayo-Clinic-study.jpgWanting to ensure that its robust infection prevention strategy and protocols were the best possible, the Mayo Clinic conducted a controlled study to evaluate the effectiveness of Xenex Disinfection Systems' pulsed xenon ultraviolet light room disinfection technology.

The study, published in the American Journal of Infection Control, found that adding pulsed Xenon UV disinfection to the hospital's disinfection efforts resulted in a 47% reduction in C.diff infection rates on the intervention units that has been sustained for two years.

HAIs will be Canada's second leading cause of death by 2050... but help is at hand

* HAIs-Canada.jpgAccording to a recent report by the Public Health Agency of Canada, Healthcare-Associated Infections are currently the country's fourth leading cause of death and could move up to second place by 2050. Help, however is at hand...

OptiSolve and the Kelley Lab at the University of Toronto are to combine novel nanomaterials with a genomics-based approach to allow for precise identification of pathogens that cause HAIs.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust look to ISS and the Future

* Oxleas-NHS-Foundation.jpgAfter an extended period of competitive dialogue with a number of potential partners, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust has awarded ISS Facility Services, Healthcare, a five-year contract, with an overall worth of approximately £40m, to provide a wide range of soft services, including cleaning, catering, housekeeping, security and associated services.

This is the first time that the Kent-based Trust has been able to take the opportunity of testing the services across its whole estate. ISS will be welcoming more than 250 new staff members into its Healthcare team.

Gloves are a potential barrier to hand hygiene, especially amongst nurses

* Gloves-and-hygiene.jpgRather than improving hygiene, glove use in healthcare settings can actually create a potential barrier to hand hygiene - especially amongst nurses, reports Healio this week.

The World Health Organisation says that while hand hygiene and the use of examination gloves in healthcare is critical, healthcare personnel should perform hand hygiene procedures, either using alcohol-based hand-rub or soap and water, both before and after donning gloves, and that gloves should only be worn in certain scenarios. A recent study has found, however, that the use of gloves can create 'a missed opportunity' when it comes to hygiene.

Infection control program reduces bacteria by 95% in athletic training rooms

* University-Hospitals-Sports-Medicine.jpgUniversity Hospitals Sports Medicine researchers, in partnership with Gojo, found that an Infection Risk Reduction Program implemented in participating athletic training rooms reduced the overall amount of bacteria present by 95%, including completely eliminating the presence of influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms, such as MRSA.

The study, published in the January 2020 issue of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) national publication Sports Health, concluded that a program which modifies hygiene behaviour by connecting products, people and education can yield impactful infection control results and benefits.

Diversey acquires AHP Intellectual Property from Virox Technologies

* Diversey_pathogens.jpgDiversey has acquired the global intellectual property rights related to Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide technology, from Virox Technologies.

AHP is a globally patented blend of commonly used ingredients that produces exceptional potency as a germicide and superior performance as a cleaning agent.

The current state of healthcare hygiene

* The-current-state.jpgHospitals and other healthcare centres contain those who are most vulnerable to disease as well as high concentrations of patients with infectious conditions. Therefore, it is essential that no corners are cut when it comes to hygiene - if procedures are not carried out properly, it could have catastrophic effects on patients in vulnerable states.

Healthcare Cleaning Forum - the secret epidemic of HCAIS

* Healthcare-Cleaning-Forum.jpgDespite advances in medicines and treatments, there's one simple fact that has never changed: prevention is better than a cure. It is the reason countries invest in vaccines. However, hospitals are struggling to tackle the silent epidemic of healthcare-associated infections.

HCAIs are - and remain - a huge problem for healthcare organisations. The European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control estimates that 4.5million HCAIs occur in Europe's hospitals every year. This means that, on any given day, one in every 15 hospital patients has an HCAI.

Bio-Productions helping to raise funds from rubbish for Air Ambulance

* Bio-Productions-Air-Ambulance.jpgEver the eco-warrior, green cleaning chemicals manufacturer Bio-Productions is encouraging everyone in the company to collect their empty crisp packets to be recycled on behalf of the Air Ambulance Kent, Surrey and Sussex (AAKSS).

You might be forgiven for thinking that empty crisp packets are worthless trash only fit for the bin, but for the Air Ambulance they are a valuable commodity.

Cromwell Polythene launches scented, antimicrobial tiger sack for clinical waste

C* Cromwell-tiger-stripe.jpgromwell Polythene, an expert in sacks, bags and speciality products for the capture and containment of waste and recyclables is launching a scented and antimicrobial tiger stripe sack. The new product is part of its Sansafe and clinical waste management range.

The tiger stripe sack incorporates Biomaster silver antimicrobial technology, added during the film extrusion process.

Self-cleaning nanotechnology improves wellbeing

* Self-cleaning-nanotechnology.jpgNanoTouch Materials says that its line of self-cleaning surfaces back up its support for corporate ESG (environmental, social and governance) initiatives as well as United Nations sustainable development goals, since one of the main initiatives concerns health and wellness in the built environment.

Those responsible for the buildings we use, says the company, are racing to offer innovative new approaches in this category.

Northwell now using PurpleSun UV technology to disinfect operating rooms

* Northwell-PurpleSun-UV.jpgNorthwell Health hospitals are now using a patented form of ultraviolet technology to reduce pathogens in the environment that present the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

This new light-based technology, developed by PurpleSun, has been rolled out at two Northwell hospitals - Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco and Staten Island University Hospital's (SIUH) north campus - to enhance disinfection in operating rooms and the equipment within them.

West Middlesex University Hospital renews contract with ISS Healthcare

* West-Middlesex.jpgWest Middlesex University Hospital, part of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has renewed its contract with ISS Healthcare, worth more than £40m over the full five-year period.

The contract, which has already commenced, will see ISS provide a full range of soft FM services, including: healthcare cleaning, pest control, window cleaning, waste management, linen and laundry, patient and retail catering, non-emergency patient transport, portering, switchboard and security. ISS will also be investing in innovation and technology, to support service delivery across the site.

Woman's hospital invests in electrostatic disinfection system to advance patient safety

* Womens-hospital-invests.jpgIn a continued effort to protect its patients from contagious bacteria, viruses and healthcare-associated infections, Woman's Hospital has announced its recent investment in the Clorox Total 360 system.

Founded in 1968 as one of the first women's specialty hospitals in the US, Woman's Hospital is Baton Rouge's only women's hospital and a leading provider in family-centered health services.

How to use a smartphone to detect Norovirus...

* Norovirus-detecting-smartphone.jpgUniversity of Arizona researchers have struck a balance between sensitivity and affordability, with a new method for identifying Norovirus - and you do not have to be a scientist or an engineer to run the device; analysis will be achieved automatically by a smartphone app, so all you have to worry about is loading a sample of water onto the chip.

A little bit of Norovirus - the highly infectious microbe that causes millions of cases of food poisoning and about 200,000 deaths globally each year - goes a long way. Just 10 particles of the virus can cause illness in humans. The researchers have created a simple, portable and inexpensive method for detecting extremely low levels of Norovirus.

Diarrhoea-causing C.diff bacteria adapts to improve spread in hospitals

* lab-pic.jpgThe gut-infecting bacterium Clostridium difficile is evolving into two separate species with one group highly adapted to spread in hospitals, according to new research published in Nature Genetics. Often found in hospital environments, C.diff forms resistant spores that allow it to remain on surfaces and spread easily between people, making it a significant burden on the healthcare system.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Wellcome Sanger Institute and collaborators, identified genetic changes in the newly-emerging species that allow it to thrive on the Western sugar-rich diet, evade common hospital disinfectants and spread easily.

Birmingham University researchers say new antimicrobial coating could be key in fight against HAIs

* Birmingham-research.jpgScientists at the University of Birmingham have created an antimicrobial coating for steel surfaces which has proven to rapidly kill bacteria that cause some of the most common hospital-acquired infections.

Developed by researchers at the University of Birmingham, patented by University of Birmingham Enterprise, and to be commercialised by a new company NitroPep, the coating - also called NitroPep - has been heralded as a new tool in the fight against the spread of infection.

UV-Clean unit demonstrated its ability to eliminate 99.99% of C. diff and MRSA

* Proximity-Systems-UV.jpgProximity Systems has released the results from recent NSF International testing that demonstrates the efficacy of the company's UV light disinfection unit, UV-Clean.

Emitting low-intensity ultraviolet C light, UV-Clean eliminates 99.99% of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) endospores from keyboards.

AHCP National Training & Development Forum - tickets selling fast!

* AHCP-National-Training.jpgTickets are selling fast for the Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' National Training & Development Forum - the UK's leading healthcare cleaning conference, and the ultimate meeting place for anyone who works within the healthcare cleaning environment, who wants to keep up to date with the latest practices, network with fellow professionals, find out about new technologies and innovations, meet new suppliers and hear from an inspiring array of top level speakers.

Fast fix for problem drains

* Fast-fix-drains.jpgBad odours and the possibility of an easy way in for vermin such as rats and mice are familiar drain problems faced by facilities managers and caretakers in commercial environments such as kitchens, care homes, hospitals, hotels, laundry rooms, spas and more. There's now an easy fix though!

Visible light disinfection technology can be used within general lighting systems

* SpectraClean.jpgLighting innovation specialist, Hubbell Lighting, has commercially launched a series of visible light disinfection SpectraClean luminaires.

Based around developments in the disciplines of lighting science and microbiology, they combine white and narrowband 405 nanometer (nm) visible light to meet ambient and task lighting requirements, while providing a continuous, unobtrusive disinfection option for commercial applications.

Legiolert test for Legionella pneumophila wins award at 2019 Water Innovation Europe Conference

* Legiolert-tester.jpgLegiolert, the Idexx culture test for enumeration of Legionella pneumophila in water, has won Water Europe's coveted 2019 Water Innovation Award in the Water Technology & Infrastructure category. The prize recognises 'Innovative breakthrough solutions or technologies' that further Water Europe's vision of a future-proof model for a European water-smart society.

The Legiolert test is a 'next generation' culture test that detects the pathogen responsible for more than 97% of all Legionnaires' disease cases across Europe. The disease is fatal in one of 10 patients diagnosed.

Truvox extends its Multiwash range to reduce the risk of contamination

* Truvox-extends.jpgGlobal floorcare manufacturer and supplier, Truvox International has extended its popular and versatile Multiwash scrubber dryer range with the launch of new coloured brushes.

Compliant with the NHS national colour coding scheme for hospital cleaning materials and equipment, the distinct red, yellow, green and blue colours make it easy to separate tools into their correct area of use, supporting operatives and helping to raise cleaning standards by reducing the risk of cross contamination.

White paper demonstrates efficacy of self-disinfecting device on shared equipment

* White-paper.jpgProximity Systems, which provides healthcare furniture and technology, has released a white paper demonstrating the efficacy of its UV-Clean self-disinfecting device. After a month-long clinical study, the company announced that its no-touch disinfection unit had been proven to be effective at reducing bio burden on computer workstation keyboards included in the study.

The white paper explains that the study took place at HCA Houston Southeast in both its Neuro Unit and Intermediate Medical Care Unit.

New published study: LightStrike robot kills C.auris on hospital surfaces

* New-published-study-LightStrike.jpgCandida auris (C.auris) is an emerging, often multi-drug resistant, fungus that causes serious and often deadly infections in healthcare settings. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning about C.auris, terming it a "serious global health threat."

Nearly 700 C.auris cases have been reported in the US thus far, but hospitals overseas have been battling the deadly pathogen for quite some time. The Netcare Hospital Group, which operates the largest private hospital network in South Africa, was the first and is the only hospital group in South Africa to utilise Xenex high intensity, broad spectrum mobile disinfection robots that have been proven effective against viruses and bacteria which can threaten patient safety.

Just what the doctor ordered

* Kaivac-bags.jpgKaivac's vacuum-powered trash compactors are perfect in all settings, but especially hospitals.One hospital housekeeper empties up to 200 rubbish bins per day, pouring the contents of each into a large rubbish liner.

Hospital curtains, lab coats and scrubs are turned into germ-fighting shields

* Hospital-curtains.jpgSoft surfaces have traditionally been one of the bigger challenges to sanitise in the healthcare environment. One study found that 92% of privacy curtains were contaminated with infectious bacteria within one week of laundering. Yet another study cites that as much as 60% of nursing and physician attire can be a source of nosocomial infections.

Now, Prime Medical, in partnership with Clorox Professional Products, is introducing hospital privacy curtains, scrubs and lab coats that harness the sanitising effects of sodium hypochlorite-based bleach, to help make these soft surfaces part of the solution in reducing healthcare-associated infections.

'Wipe-on Glass' offers permanent hygiene and protection from infection

* Wipe-on-Glass.jpgThe spin-off from the Leibniz-Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrucken, Nano-Care Deutschland AG, has launched the third generation of ultra-thin coatings. 'Wipe-on Glass', it says, provides any kind of hard surface with a self-disinfecting performance for a period of from several months, to several years.

Simply wiped onto the surface, this robust and effective barrier against hospital germs, odour-causing bacteria, mould, fungi and yeast provides protection against the most substantial problem the 21st century faces: pathogen microorganisms.

CDC-funded study underlines benefits of enhanced UVC disinfection in healthcare facilities

* CDC-Funded-Study-UV.jpgA new, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention-funded analysis of the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room-Disinfection (BETR-D) shows that enhanced disinfection using UVC leads to a reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection.

The new substudy, 'Enhanced disinfection leads to reduction of microbial contamination and a decrease in patient colonisation and infection', was recently published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology.

IEHA launches healthcare initiative at ISSA Show North America 2018

* IEHA-at-ISSA.jpgIEHA, the 1,300-plus professional member organisation for those employed in facility housekeeping at the management level, has announced a new program initiative geared specifically to cleaning and maintenance professionals in healthcare facilities.

Making its debut at IEHA's 52nd Annual Conference & Convention - part of ISSA Show North America 2018 - this highly specialised program enables healthcare professionals in facilities management to maximise the value they bring to the processes of patient care and recovery.

Rallying staff say patients, care, infection control all adversely affected by healthcare cuts

* HOSPITAL-Cleaning-Rally.jpgCanadian Union of Public Employees rallied last Friday against healthcare cuts, arguing that it is untrue for hospital and regional health network administrators to suggest that patients, care levels and infection control will not be adversely affected by a new round of cuts at Health Sciences North.

The cuts touch many areas of patient care including nursing, environmental services, administration, hospital linens, and other hospital support services.

Healthcare professionals see technology as infection control tool

* Healthcare-professionals.jpgA study that demonstrates a correlation between technology adoption and hygiene compliance in the eyes of Healthcare workers has been released by Tork, an Essity brand. According to the results, healthcare professionals believe introducing new technology such as hand hygiene monitoring systems, can play an important role in hygiene compliance and infection control across healthcare facilities.

Professor Mark Wilcox to present latest study at Infection Prevention Society Conference 2018

* Professor-Mark-Wilcox.jpgProfessor Mark Wilcox, MD, consultant microbiologist and Head of R&D in Microbiology at the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals, will present a Symposium entitled 'Is the choice of hand drying method a decision for infection control teams rather than facilities?' at the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) 2018 Conference being held at the Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow from 30th September - 2nd October.

Idexx Pseudalert Test accepted as Global ISO Standard

* IDEXX-Pseudalert-Test.jpgIdexx Laboratories, a global leader in rapid microbiological testing for water, has announced that the Idexx Pseudalert method has been published as the International Organisation for Standardisation worldwide standard 16266-2 for the 24-hour detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in water.

P. aeruginosa can cause life-threatening infections in hospitals and is a frequent cause of skin, ear, and eye infections from pool and spa water. Public and private laboratories and healthcare and hospitality industry facilities count on the Pseudalert method to monitor their water for this pathogen.

Germ-zapping robots help Hunterdon Medical Center reduce superbug infections by 76%

* Germ-Zapping-Robots.jpgAs germs and bacteria become increasingly resistant to cleaning chemicals and antibiotics, Hunterdon Medical Center recently deployed Xenex LightStrike germ-zapping robots that use pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to enhance traditional room cleaning procedures as a key part of the hospital's infection prevention program.

The hospital has seen a 76% reduction in Clostridium difficile infection rates since it began using the robots to disinfect rooms.

Mitie Landscapes strengthens NHS partnerships with a double win

* Mitie-Landscapes.jpgMitie's Landscaping business has been awarded two new ground maintenance contracts with the NHS in the South West of England. The contracts with Devon Partnership NHS Trust and South-Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust are together worth £675,000 over five-year terms.

For South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), Mitie will deliver a range of landscaping services across 72 sites in Gloucester, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall.

Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' Forum focused on 'Facing the Future'

* AHCP.jpgThe Association of Healthcare Cleaning Professionals' latest three-day Annual Education and Development Forum, which took place last month, was based on the theme 'Facing the Future'. Organised and managed in-house by the Midlands Branch and AHCP's business manager, the event turned out to be the best and most well-attended for many years.

UK Chancellor attends landmark healthcare agreement between Serco and Jeddah hospital

* UK-Chancellor_Serco.jpgSerco and Dr Soliman Fakeeh Hospital (DSFH), accompanied by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, have this week announced a partnership agreement to transform facilities management and patient-facing services at the hospital in Jeddah over the next five years.

Serco has been working with this leading hospital group for six months to design a new integrated service methodology, developing plans for major efficiencies and service improvements.

ISS wins two large hospital contracts in Turkey

* ISS-Turkey.jpgISS Turkey has entered into two five-year integrated services partnerships in the healthcare sector with Kayseri Hospital and Elazi Hospital respectively.

The two contracts will have a combined annual revenue of around DKK 250 million.

HCAI quarterly trends January to March 2018, published

* HCAI-quarterly-trends.jpgPublic Health England's latest quarterly commentary on trends in reports of Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA and MSSA) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteraemia, and Clostridium difficile infections (CDI), mandatorily reported by NHS acute Trusts in England for the period January to March 2018, has been published and they show that there is still work to do when it comes to finding ways to prevent the spread of infection.

MRSA bacteraemia:

ECDC reviews risk posed by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in healthcare settings

* ECDC_bacteria.jpgCarbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae - the subject of an updated rapid risk assessment published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention & Control - represent a risk to patients and healthcare systems, causing infections associated with high mortality due to the limited treatment options available.

Outbreaks in healthcare settings have been reported by several EU/EEA countries including the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and the UK.

Research shows polyurethane kitchen sponge helps keep E. coli at bay

* Gerba.jpgFXI, the producer of innovative foam products, reports that a groundbreaking study by Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a renowned professor of microbiology and environmental sciences at the University of Arizona, reveals that using a kitchen sponge made of polyurethane foam significantly reduces the spread of E. coli, decreasing the risk of infection by up to 90%, when compared to a traditional cellulose sponge.

According to the study, levels of fecal bacterium E. coli were always 99.9% less in polyurethane sponges than in cellulose sponges after use in households for one month.

CDC-funded clinical trial proves UV disinfection effective in decreasing C. diff hospital-wide

* CDC-funded.jpgA new study proves that enhanced terminal room disinfection with Tru-D SmartUVC leads to a decrease in risk of acquisition of targeted multidrug-resistant organisms such as C. diff and VRE for all patients, hospital-wide.

The study, 'Effectiveness of targeted enhanced terminal room disinfection on hospital-wide acquisition and infection with multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile: a secondary analysis of a multicentre cluster randomized controlled trial with crossover design (BETR Disinfection)', which was recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, discusses the prescribed secondary analysis of the BETR-D randomized clinical trial.

Hospital sees 47% reduction in HAIs after adding pulsed xenon UV disinfection to cleaning protocols

* Pulsed-UV.jpgA germ-fighting robot that uses pulsed xenon ultraviolet light to sanitise rooms at Trinity Hospital is giving a boost to the hospital's infection control program.

Trinity Health deployed two Xenex LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots two years ago as part of its ongoing efforts to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) - infections that patients acquire while receiving treatment in a hospital, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and Clostridium difficile (C. diff).

New self-cleaning film for touchscreens enhances cleanliness at airports, doctor's offices, restaurants and schools

* New-self-cleaning-film.jpgIn a recent study of germs in airplanes and airports, the dirtiest places to touch weren't what travellers expected.

The dirtiest touch point was the touchscreen on the check-in kiosk, which had 10 times as many contaminants as the toilet seat.

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