Designing a Hospital to Better Fight Infection
A research project is mapping where hospital germs linger and what causes them to take root.
In a new approach to reducing the scourge of hospital-acquired infections, a team of scientists has been testing thousands of microbe samples from a Chicago hospital to learn how a medical building might make patients sicker.
“I see a future far off where we use bacteria to protect us from the bacteria that harm us,” said infection-control epidemiologist Emily Landon at the University of Chicago’s new Center for Care and Discovery, the facility under study. “We could make the hospital itself into a treatment for the patient.”
Hospitals have done much to reduce infections contracted after patients are admitted, according to an annual survey of 14,500 U.S. hospitals by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They have tightened sterilization standards, made more careful use of antimicrobials and enforced more attentive hygiene.
"Half of hospital infections are caused by bacteria that make themselves at home in hospital settings"
More than half of hospital infections are caused by bacteria that make themselves at home in hospital settings. Some infectious microbes cling to catheters despite rigorous hygiene efforts. Others contaminate improperly sterilized surgical areas. More than a third of hospital infections are caused by nurses and doctors who don’t wash their hands properly after a patient examination.
Every building appears to have its own unique microbiome, depending on how it is built and operated, who uses it and what they do there, said University of Oregon microbiologist Jessica Green, who helped pioneer the field. “We know microbes in buildings are relevant to human health,” she said.
For the full article here is the link: http://www.wsj.com/articles/designing-a-hospital-to-better-fight-infection-1430172405
Along with the bacteria/ infections theme I had a great day this week with Clarkson Supply our Wiliamsport, Pa. distributor for Airx products, that hosted a cleaning and pathogen seminar this week. We covered the ISSA's Value of Clean presentation and how these facts relate to why we need to maintain or increase our budgets based on the ROI for good cleaning systems and products. Over 40 people took back to their workplace some valuable facts that make their jobs more important.
Here is the link to the Value of Clean info from the ISSA site:
Keep it clean and safe
Have great day and an even better sales week!