Superbugs Poised to Become Main Cause of Death

Hospitals testing new cleaning solutions to eliminate antibiotic-resistant germs

May 16, 2019

New disinfecting techniques and the development of germ-resistant surfaces may help save the human race from what is predicted to be the most common cause of human death in about 30 years—antibiotic-resistant germs, Newsweek reports.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 2 million people a year are sickened in the United States by bacteria or fungi resistant to major antibiotics, and that 23,000 die from their infections. The World Health Organization predicts that worldwide death rates from drug-resistant germs will increase from the current 700,000 per year to 10 million by 2050, surpassing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes to become the main cause of death in humans.

Doctors are limiting the use of antibiotics to help slow the development of resistant strains. But this strategy will only buy some time. Infection control experts are looking for new strategies to kill superbugs and reexamining practices in hospitals and other spreading-grounds for germs.

In the meantime, new and developing hospital cleaning techniques are focused on stopping the spread of supergerms. Many hospitals use robots to disinfect walls with ultraviolet light. A researcher at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, is developing bacteria-resistant materials for tabletops and healthcare worker clothing using copper nanocrystals. And a biologist at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, is experimenting with blue laser lights that change of the color and weaken certain drug-resistant bacteria. If his experimentation succeeds, environmental services (EVS) workers would be able to use a flashlight-sized laser to disinfect hospital rooms or a doctor’s office.

In the meantime, EVS workers can practice the following tips from CMM to help eliminate germs that cause health care-acquired infections:

  • Choose a low-, medium-, or high-level cleaning solution depending on the infection
  • Follow the product instructions regarding dilution and dwell times
  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect each zone, including restrooms, countertops, floors, and high-touch surfaces.

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Free Webinar Explains New Workloading Tool

May 16, 2019

ISSA has launched a new Workloading and Bidding Tool that will help you differentiate your business from the competition.

ISSA members can sign up for a free, hour-long webinar on Friday, May 24, at 12 p.m. CDT to walk them through tips to get the most out of this tool. Webinar participants will learn how to justify proposal pricing by providing a detailed scope of services, analyze pricing scenarios and how they impact profitability, and determine the appropriate number of workers to complete a job.

Register for the webinar today.

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Genuine Parts Appoints New Chairman

May 16, 2019

Genuine Parts Co., parent company of S.P. Richards Co., wholesaler of business products and cleaning supplies, has appointed Paul Donahue chairman of its board of directors.

Donahue joined S.P. Richards as executive vice president of sales and marketing in 2003. He was named president of Genuine Parts in 2012 and CEO in 2016. He will continue to serve as CEO in addition to his new role as chairman.

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BRAVO! Announces New Director of Operations

May 16, 2019

BRAVO! Group Services, Inc., which provides services to more than 50 million square feet of commercial, institutional, residential high-rise, and corporate facilities, has promoted Alejandra Becerra to director of operations.

Becerra has been with BRAVO! for more than 10 years, serving as the company’s continuous improvement manager. She is certified as an instructor for ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute’s (CMI) Custodial Technician Training Program.


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