Active-shooter incidents are alarmingly on the rise, and healthcare workers are five times more likely to fall victim to assaults or violent acts than workers in all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Economy Linen serves multiple hospitals and healthcare locations, and as an additional service, we would like to share with you the 2017 Active Shooter Planning and Response Guide for Healthcare. You worry about your patients’ safety every day, but please remember that your safety is paramount, because without you who will care for them?
A new article published in the American Journal of Infection Control found hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infections. Items in patient’s rooms often touch the floor, and pathogens on the floor can quickly move to the hands or other high-touch surfaces in the room.
Researchers cultured 318 floor sites in five different Cleveland-area hospitals. They found the rooms included Clostridium difficile in both C.diff. isolation rooms as well as non-isolation rooms. Gloved and bare hands, along with other high touch surfaces such as clothing, medical devices, call buttons, remotes, linen and medical supplies were also cultured.
Researchers found that the floors in patient rooms were also contaminated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), and C.diff., which was the most frequently found pathogen.
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