TAKING A LOOK AT LEGIONELLA BACTERIA AND ITS SOURCES, IMPACT

By | 2017-11-03T01:15:12+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Legionellosis is a respiratory disease caused by Legionella bacteria. Sometimes the bacteria cause a serious type of pneumonia (lung infection) called Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria can also cause a less serious infection called Pontiac fever that has symptoms similar to a mild case of the flu. The bacteria can be found in most water systems, and is [...]

BUILDING DESIGN MUST INCLUDE HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS AS WELL AS ENERGY CONCERNS

By | 2017-11-03T01:13:44+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) might be missing the mark by focusing on energy more so than health. While we believe the energy implications of design are important, we don’t think those concerns trump building for health. We think focusing on the human health aspect is critical, designing for infection control. Most existing [...]

COPPER HAS ITS LIMITS AS ANTIMICROBIAL AGENT AS RESISTANCE GROWS

By | 2017-11-03T01:12:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Studies show again and again what all pharmacists and microbiologists already know: Bacteria build immunity to antibiotics, pesticides and disinfectants, rendering them largely ineffective over time. Below are some studies that discuss the use of copper as an antimicrobial. Characterization of Copper Resistance in Acinetobacter baumanniipoints out that Acinetobacter baumannii causes many types of severe nosocomial infections and that [...]

RESUSPENSION OF PARTICLES RELEVANT AS VIRUSES CAN REMAIN VIABLE FOR EXTENDED PERIODS

By | 2018-01-29T18:36:04+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Suspension and shedding require persistent cleaning. Viruses can hang around and be viable even three hours after being generated, making resuspension of particles a matter of concern. Droplets from sneezes might travel farther than the Center for Disease Control has suggested, too. Below are some studies that detail some of this. Comparison of the Aerosol Stability [...]

C. DIFF IS STUBBORN AND DEADLY, AND NO SHORTCUTS SHOULD BE TAKEN WHEN TRYING TO PREVENT SPREAD

By | 2017-11-03T01:09:26+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Clostridium difficile Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a known killer that has drawn plenty of attention from the Centers for Disease Control. C. diff is on the CDC shortlist of microorganisms with a threat level of “urgent.” It no longer is isolated in hospitals, moving to the community at large. Additionally, it can be spread through the [...]

PRISONS NEED TO LOOK AT PREVENTION OF DISEASE AS POPULATION AGES

By | 2017-11-03T01:08:29+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Maria Schiff, in a piece that appears at Health Affairs blog, notes that an aging prison population – state and federal prisoners more than 55 years old – has grown from 43,300 to 144,500 from 1999-2013. With that rising number comes with a corresponding increase in health care costs. In Examining State Prison Health Care Spending: [...]

STUDYING THE CONNECTION BETWEEN NDM-1 AND ACINETOBACTER SPECIES

By | 2017-11-03T01:07:24+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter New Delhi Metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme that makes bacteria resistant to a broad range of beta-lactam antibiotics. These include the antibiotics of the carbapenem family, which are a mainstay for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection, among those Acinetobacter and more specifically Acinetobacter baumannii. Here are some links to studies that include [...]

HAND HYGIENE IS A KEY TO COMMUNITY, HOME, SCHOOL WELLNESS

By | 2017-11-03T01:06:25+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

Hand hygiene clearly impacts the wellness of any community. Keeping hands clean at home, in schools and elsewhere makes a significant difference in keeping folks healthy. The impact of poor hand hygiene habits is linked to increased occurrences of illness, absences, and their associated costs. A renewed commitment to “shared responsibility” in our homes and classrooms [...]

FIGHT AGAINST AMR IS ONE WE SIMPLY CANNOT AFFORD TO LOSE

By | 2017-11-03T01:05:13+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

The Centers for Disease Control published a bombshell report in 2013, strongly warning against the negative ramifications of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). And in 2014, the World Health Organization labeled antibiotic resistance as a “major threat to public health.” Antibiotic resistance is a direct result of antibiotic use. The more antibiotics are used, the greater the odds that antibiotic-resistant [...]

DETROIT NEWS SHEDS LIGHT ON ALARMING HYGIENE ISSUES AT DETROIT MEDICAL CENTER

By | 2017-11-03T01:04:22+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|

The Detroit News published a report recently that brought to light shocking hygiene shortcomings at Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The News reported – and the findings weren’t contradicted by DMC administrators, who acknowledge there are problems to fix – that among other things surgeries were cancelled because of unsterile instruments. Time will tell what the [...]