While federal health officials believe a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System started in 2011, they failed to check hospital records that indicated the Legionella bacteria appeared nearly four years earlier.
International health officials are calling upon medical staff around the world to be on the alert for the spread of a deadly SARS-like virus that was first identified last year in the Middle East.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has announced the award winners for four of its prestigious honors given at the 2013 APIC annual conference taking place June 8-10, 2013.
Color coding, matting systems, hand washing and proper training can all contribute to an effective infection control program.
With rates and deaths associated with Clostridium difficile at historically high levels, many hospitals have taken extra steps to reduce these infections.
The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) is directing facilities to guidelines published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of CRE.
Cleaning professionals need to take precautions to help control the spread of the influenza virus, norovirus and other pathogens in their facilities.
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), such as (Clostridium difficile) (C. diff), norovirus and even carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP), are becoming increasingly more resistant to traditional treatments and harder to kill.