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A Deeper Look At The Meaning Of High-Touch

The Frequency of Touch in Hospitals

High-touch surfaces. This is a phrase that gets thrown around quite a lot in the world of healthcare, but we are rarely told how many touches are considered “high-touch.” The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America offered this answer to the question in a report titled “A Quantitative Approach to Defining ‘High-Touch’ Surfaces in Hospitals.”

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Tags: Managing Disinfection, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Acquired Infection, CleanMe, HAI, BYOD, Tablet Disinfection

Keeping Patients Healthy: The Cost of Healthcare Acquired Infection

With healthcare costs at an all time high for both patients and hospital operations budgets, the price tag associated with staying healthy is often staggering. Patients may typically blame insurance companies and physicians for hefty bills, though clinics and hospitals funnel monies into several different channels that comprise the cost of doing business in healthcare.

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Tags: Infection Prevention

[Infographic] The Ability of Bacteria to Linger on Mobile Devices

In one of our recent blog articles we posted the question, when is the last time you disinfected your mobile device? The ability for bacteria to linger and multiply on the surfaces of these devices make that a very important question for those working in germ sensitive environments.

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Tags: Infection Prevention, Tablet Disinfection

Infection in the Immunocompromised Patient

For patients who are immunocompromised, daily tasks can become frightening forums of infection. Public transportation, grocery store carts, and doctors’ offices can present immune system insults that these patients cannot readily fight.

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Tags: Infection Prevention

An Approach to Preventing the Nightmare Bacteria

Frontline recently released a documentary called “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria.” It details the accounts of three separate stories, happening in completely different parts of the world at the same time. All of these stories are connected by one thing: potentially deadly bacteria with no treatable medicines. Below is a very basic summary of the documentary along with a key takeaway from a disinfection standpoint.   

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Tags: Managing Disinfection, Healthcare Technology, Health Stats, Infection Prevention, Methods of Decontamination, Healthcare Acquired Infection, Healthcare, HAI

The Importance of Disinfecting Tablets & Other High Touch Surfaces

Most people enter the hospital hoping to feel better after they leave, but for 1.7 million Americans every year, this simply isn’t the case. Hospital Acquired Infections, also called HAIs or nosocomial infections, are infections that a hospital patient can develop as a result of their hospital stay (Martin & McFerran, 2008). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that roughly 99,000 deaths each year are related to HAIs (Klevens et al., 2007). 

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Tags: Managing Disinfection, Healthcare Technology, Infection Prevention, Healthcare Acquired Infection, Healthcare, HAI, Health IT, BYOD, Tablet Disinfection

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