‘Progress made but must try harder’ say US reports on HAI prevention

Courtesy www.thecleanzine.com On any given day, approximately one in 25 US patients has at least one infection contracted during the course of their hospital care, adding up to about 722,000 infections in 2011, according to new data from the (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This information is an update to previous CDC estimates […]

Growing antibiotic resistance threats should be a call to arms for the cleaning industry

A Sydney Morning Herald story by Julie-anne Davies (28 December 2013), headed ‘Superbug showdown: the time is nigh to get serious about antibiotics’, highlighted the growing danger of growing resistance to antibiotics. The 2,000 word feature covered the danger to patients of acquiring hospital acquired infections (HAIs) after being admitted to both local and overseas […]

Societal cost of HAIs in US acute care hospitals nearly US$150 billion annually

Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) arising in US acute care hospitals cost America as much as US$147 billion annually, according to a report recently published in the Journal of Medical Economics online edition. The report, by MedERA and funded by an unrestricted educational grant from UMF Corporation, estimates for the first time the societal cost of […]

Cleaning steps back in time to successfully combat superbugs

Radio National 13 July 2013, an interview with Fran Kelly Austin Hospitals’ director of infectious diseases Lindsay Grayson confirmed that ‘old world’ infection control initiatives employed in recent years are highly effective. Grayson pointed out that there are no Australian and no international hospital cleaning standards. He stated that hand hygiene regimes, notably the use […]

‘Nightmare bacteria’ resistant to antibiotics infects US patients

Public health officials have concerns for a ‘nightmare bacteria’ that have become increasingly resistant to even the strongest antibiotics infected patients in 3.9 percent of all U.S. hospitals in the first half of 2012, including 17.8 percent of specialty hospitals, reported a www.reuters.com 5th March article. “Our strongest antibiotics don’t work and patients are left […]


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