Category 'Healthcare'


Your Best Defense Against Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

What are antibiotic resistant bacteria? According to the Center for Disease Control, antibiotic resistance bacteria are “The ability of microbes to resist the effects of drugs – that is, the germs are not killed, and their growth is not stopped.” Why are they becoming more prevalent? For over 75 years antibiotics have been successful in…

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Infection Risk from Dirty Medical Equipment Harboring ‘Superbugs’

One out of every 25 patients picks up a hospital acquired infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), and these infections can lengthen hospital stays and increase costs. A hospital acquired infections (HAI) can also be deadly, with HAIs responsible for about 75,000 deaths each year.

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Lower HAI’s with Antimicrobial Protection

Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) are a common result of hospital stays. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 25 patients in the United States has gotten an infection that can be linked to their hospital stay.  A recent report by Kaiser Health News states that 27 hospitals in the State…

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How to Stop Cold and Flu Season From Ruining Your Christmas Break

The Not So Joyous Cold and Flu Season The holiday parties have already begun. Extended family this weekend, immediate family next weekend. Friends on Tuesday, co-workers on Thursday. Plus church things and school things and neighborhood things. And lots of shopping. There’ll be baked brie and bacon-wrapped dates. Candy cane cocoa and spiced apple cider….

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[Case Study] Athletic Club Proactive Measures for a Bacteria Free Environment

The Sparrow Michigan Athletic Club mission is to improve the health of those in their community that they serve. With reports surfacing in the media that gym equipment can have over 362 more bacteria than a toilet seat, the MAC wanted to take a proactive approach to keep their exercise equipment germ, virus and bacteria…

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5 of the ‘Germiest’ Spots at Your Healthcare Facility

When most people think of a hospital, they picture a clean and sterile environment. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. As a visitor or a patient, there is always a risk of coming in contact with germs and viruses. We thought we would share 5 of the ‘germiest’ places you might find in a hospital…

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The Best Way to Prevent Mold Growth in Healthcare Facilities

Mold. When most of us think of where you can find mold, we think of damp, dark nooks and crannies, expired groceries, perhaps even a grandparent’s basement. One thing’s for sure, though: Mold isn’t something you usually associate with hospitals.

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8 Ways to Prevent Surgical Site Infections

How often do surgical site infections occur at your health care facility? According to the CDC, at any given time at least 1 in 25 patients has a healthcare-associated infection, or HAI. About 31% of those infections are Surgical Site Infections, or SSIs. And SSIs are costly. The Price of a Surgical Site Infection The…

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Nurses role in HAI prevention: 5 Tips to Implement Today

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The overall annual direct medical costs of HAIs to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 – $33.8 billion for urban consumers and $35.7 – $45 billion for inpatient hospital services.” Going in for a surgery poses many risks, but what we don’t all realize is that when the surgery…

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10 Things Your Doctor Won’t Tell You About Protection Against HAIs

Everyone knows that when you’re sick or need surgery, you go to the hospital. But not everyone knows that going to the hospital can make you sick…sometimes. HAIs, or healthcare-associated infections, are much more common than you might think. More than a million HAIs occur each year, leading to tens of thousands of deaths and…

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