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Sustainable technology – the key to cleaner hospitals

An online poll run by Jigsaw cleaning Solutions has revealed that the majority of respondents believe sustainable technology is the key to cleaner hospitals. Industry news portal, cleanleanhealthcare.org, posed the question to readers: How important is sustainable technology which offers benefits such as water reduction? Over three-quarters (78 per cent) of the respondents that took part in the poll voted sustainable ... Read More »

Controlling Norovirus Outbreaks

In order to critically review the management of norovirus outbreaks, Hygiena International ATP test systems (involving a hand-held SystemSURE luminometer and UltraSnap swabs) has been used to evaluate the effectiveness of cleaning procedures, following two norovirus outbreaks on a cruise ship. Norovirus is the most prevalent cause of infectious gastroenteritis in the UK, and the ATP bioluminescence technique has been ... Read More »

Food hygiene at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital ‘unacceptable’

Food hygiene at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital has been given an “unacceptable” one-star rating. The Food Standards Agency gave Carillion, the company contracted to provide the meals, low marks for the way it stored food and recorded temperatures at the hospital. The Department of Health said “urgent action” was needed. Carillion general manager Graeme McLelland said improvements had already been ... Read More »

Research finds sweat can reduce bacteria defences

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester. While copper found in everyday brass items such as door handles and water taps has an antimicrobial effect on bacteria and is widely used to prevent the spread ... Read More »

Hospital hygiene suffers when nobody’s watching, study finds

Fewer hospital staff sanitize their hands when there’s no one looking than when they know they’re being watched. The findings from a new British Medical Journal Quality and Safety reportconducted by a team of Ontario researchers, raises concerns about the effectiveness of hand-hygiene programs. The study, co-authored by McMaster University assistant professor Dr. Jocelyn Srigley, used sanitizer and soap dispenser electronic ... Read More »

Good laundry apply information

Laundry practitioners within the care sector can now access professional help and guidance on best business practice following the launch of a Good Laundry Practice Guide from Electrolux Professional. A leader in professional laundry equipment, Electrolux Professional has published the extensive data pack to offer laundry operators working in hospitals and care homes all the things they need to guarantee ... Read More »

Two-step disinfection

There is significant evidence to suggest that sufficient environmental decontamination is frequently lacking with less than 50% of hospital room surfaces being adequately cleaned and disinfected. Studies have proven that pathogens such as C-difficile and MRSA can survive on surfaces for many months.   GAMA Healthcare have partnered with UVDI, a trusted leader in ultraviolet disinfection to launch The Clinell ... Read More »

Maternity hospital is criticised over poor hygiene

A MAJOR Scottish maternity hospital has been told to make a number of improvements following a visit from hygiene inspectors.  Stained and damaged equipment was found by the Healthcare Environment Inspectorate (HEI) when it made a surprise tour of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, in Glasgow. Its report, published yesterday, also raised concern that five out of 10 staff interviewed ... Read More »

New methods, sweeping results

The Royal Preston Hospital in Preston, Lancashire, needed a way to reduce the dust on its floors before wet mopping. Bacteria need food, water, air and the right temperature to grow and in dust they have all the elements except one: water. Wet mopping onto dust gives bacteria the final element they need to grow, resulting in the spread of ... Read More »