Healthcare Associated Infections Leave Patients Feeling “Like Lepers”

A compilation of research found that, no matter the location of the hospital, if you are a patient with an healthcare-associated infection (HAI), there are some major emotional burdens.

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Xenex Secures $38 Million in Funding Led by Essex Woodlands & Piper Jaffray Merchant Banking; Company’s Germ-Zapping Robots Help Hospitals Reduce Infection Rates

Xenex Disinfection Services, the manufacturer of LightStrike Germ-Zapping Robots™, today announced the investment of $38 million in a funding round led by Essex Woodlands (EW), one of the country’s leading healthcare private equity firms. The financing, which includes new participation


This Just In – Bacteria Adhering To Food, Not To Five Second Rule

Do you follow the “five-second rule?” The rule, a mostly-unscientific bit of urban legend, has been handed down through the last few generations as an acceptable metric for the length of time a dropped food item could touch the floor,



Why You Should Thank Your Environmental Service Staffer

This week is Environmental Services Week, also known as International Housekeeping Appreciation Week. The workers who toil daily at keeping our healthcare environment clean are a critical part of how hospitals try to keep their patients safe. With 24-hour, 365-day

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It’s time for catching football, not infections.

Football season has begun, and teams are gearing up for games from Texas to North Dakota. But in both those states, high schools have had to suspend athletics events due to MRSA (methicillin resistant Staph. aureus) outbreaks among the student



New method for disinfecting hospital rooms could help stop the spread of ‘superbugs’ (Texas A&M University)

Can a robot disinfect a hospital room just as well as a person? According to Chetan Jinadatha, M.D., M.P.H., assistant professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine and chief of infectious diseases at the Central Texas



History of Infection Prevention Part II: Antibiotics and The Rise of Superbugs

Although humans have technically been using things like urine, mold, snakeskins and honey to fight infections since as far back as 3500 BCE, the first antibiotic wasn’t developed until 1928 when Alexander Fleming accidentally discovered the effects Penicillin had on

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