Special report: Bye bye, bacteria

by Nancy Ryerson, Staff Writer | August 26, 2013
From the August 2013 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

That means even if a facility does invest in high-tech cleaning, epidemiology experts stress the importance of not relying on just one cleaning method. Facilities should also be sure to educate the staff as well as patients on the safe use of the machines.

“I think whatever strategy we implement, we need to make it easy and make it part of their natural workflow,” says Karen Fingson, infection control specialist at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, which has a top-performing infection control program. “The demands out on the frontline staff have just really increased, so [infection control strategies] can’t be a burden.”

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Crystal Heishman, an infection preventionist who serves on the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Communications Committee, warns against relying too much on technology, but encourages facilities to learn about the latest trends and keep infection control programs dynamic.

“I believe the biggest challenges for hospitals when it comes to infection prevention and control, is keeping up with the rapid change,” writes Heishman, in an email. “Letting go of held beliefs is difficult, but sometimes necessary in order to progress and protect.”

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