Budget-Friendly Infection Control

5.14.2015

budget-signWritten by: Selective Micro Technologies

In the healthcare field, infection control is an integral part of the operating process. No matter what sector is being discussed, if it deals with the health or wellbeing of a patient, disinfection of the facility is absolutely necessary. Many facilities spend thousands of dollars to ensure their patients experience cleanliness and to prevent them from contracting disease while visiting. This includes sanitizers, disinfectants, detergents, and surface wipes with varying concentrations and applications. For instance, an infection control nurse or specialist may use one chemical to sanitize a counter top, while she uses another to disinfect a stethoscope, or examination. In addition, many chemicals require a high concentration to achieve the level of disinfection necessary which requires the facility to buy higher amounts of concentrate.

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Are You at Risk for Health-Acquired Infections?

Nurse talking to hospital patient03.23.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

Healthcare-associated infections, also known as HAIs, are becoming a very prevalent issue in the healthcare world. More and more often, we read about a new superbug responsible for sickening or perhaps even killing patients who are staying in hospitals--or sometimes those who have recently visited one. For instance, in a UCLA hospital in Los Angeles in February, the superbug CRE was identified as being responsible for 2 deaths and many more cases of illness. In fact, up to 170 patients were exposed to the conditions that were responsible for 2 deaths.

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Stopping Healthcare-Associated Infections

Stethoscope01.28.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

How often do you disinfect the noncritical surfaces in your medical facility? How often should you? The CDC classifies noncritical surfaces as surfaces “…that come in contact with intact skin but not mucous membranes.” Further, these surfaces are broken down into two groups: patient-care items and environmental surfaces.

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

Human body diagram with gut bacteria01.15.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

When you take a bite of your deli sandwich, you are consuming all kinds of bacteria. From the delicious bleu cheese crumbles, to the chicken and veggies, it’s like a salad of microbes too. There are also bacteria living inside of you. In our series “The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of?” we learned a lot about how there are good kinds of bacteria (or normal flora) and bad bacteria (or pathogens) all living inside of us. The normal flora will help to ensure good health and to keep our bodies functioning appropriately. Pathogenic microbes, however, have a more detrimental goal: to try to make you sick. Now that you have finished your lunch, the microbes in that newly masticated sandwich are making their journey to meet the microbes living in your gut, which is where the battle to maintain that good health may begin.

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The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of? Part 3

Colony of bacteria01.07.2015

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies

In part 2 of our series “The Human Microbiome: What Am I Made Of?” we explored how humans are comprised of both good and bad bacteria, and that depending on the circumstance, these organisms can make you ill or help your body function properly. There is a lot more research to be conducted in the fields of microbiology, immunology, and general medicine; namely, such attendant research will combat harmful microorganisms in order to discover why some diseases occur.

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