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Even if you’re an optimist, you’ll probably be upset to learn that only an estimated 50% of your hospital room is cleaned. It’s not just soft surfaces that are a problem, either. It’s toilets, tray tables, hand rails, and light switches, among other things! And while HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are the big concern (not […]

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With a rise in superbugs (and hospital acquired infections) predicted, the CDC and FDA have new guidelines to curb their spread…sort of. Superbugs, or antibiotic resistant bacteria, are a huge and growing problem for hospitals. Hospital acquired infections affect an estimated 1 in 25 patients everyday, with almost 10% eventually dieing from the infection. And […]

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It’s been a rough flu season. This year’s flu shot barely took the edge off it, and travel really succeeded at spreading it around. The good news is that in general, flu season is winding down. The bad news is that those who are older (65+) are still ending up hospitalized, struggling with what has […]

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In Washington, 32 people have been identified as having received a MRSA infection through contaminated medical scopes. The scopes had been cleaned according to manufacturer directions and federal standards—as I’m sure many are in hospitals across the country. In response to the outbreak, Virginia Mason Medical Center is now cleaning scopes more rigorously. They’re not […]

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Just as we teeter over the edge into a post-antibiotic world, scientists have made a concrete discovery: a new line of bacteria growth. Previously, labs have only succeeded in cultivating about 1% of bacteria. But researchers at the Northeastern University of Boston, MA, have developed what could be described as a subterranean petri dish: it […]

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