Environmental Infection

There is increasing evidence that the healthcare environment is an important source of healthcare-associated infections. Every facility must thoroughly clean its environment to prevent it from developing into a reservoir for pathogens. Exposures to environmental pathogens or airborne pathogens may result in infections with significant morbidity and/or mortality.

 

Environment of care involves construction and renovation; equipment and environmental service needs; utility maintenance and use; emergency management; and more.

Impact of Pure Air dehumidification technology on OR suite air supply at O’Connor Hospital

In August 2014, an Alfa Laval Pure Air dehumidification system was entered into a fourteen (14) month study with a...

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Take Aim at Surgical Site Infections

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