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New Delhi metallo superbug prompts screening suggestions

Patient screening mooted in fight against superbug NDM-1

Australian hospitals should start screening patients for a deadly new superbug NDM-1 (New Delhi metallo) that could lead the world into a post-antibiotic era, according to 25 April media reports including that posted on In fact, if screening does take place it would only bring Australia into line with…

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WFBSC Cleaning for Health scoping doc

WFBSC initiative to ensure healthcare industry is focused on cleanliness

Having resolved, at its biennial Congress held last February in Auckland, the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) has developed a scoping document ‘Cleaning for Health’.  Among this initiative’s key objectives is ‘to ensure that the global healthcare industry remains focused on the importance of cleanliness in the fight…

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Enhanced ICU cleaning reduces HAIs

Enhanced ICU cleaning reduces MRSA risk

Enhanced cleaning of hospital intensive care units reduces the risk of methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection for patients placed in a room previously occupied by someone with MRSA, a new study finds. This was reported in the US’s 29 March edition of HealthDay News. Researchers compared MRSA rates among patients…

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Cleaning as the ‘life saver’ replete with opportunities

The vital role cleaning plays in maintaining public hygiene was highlighted at the World Federation of Building Service Contractors 2011 Congress. A number of leading BSC executives explained how our industry can capitalise by ensuring it’s on the front line in combating pandemics and hospital acquired infections. The WFBSC 2011…

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WTO, Jack Sim and INCLEAN

World Toilet Summit to be held in Haikou

The 11th World Toilet Summit will be held 22 to 25 November 2011 in Haikou, the capital of China’s Hainan province. The World Toilet Organization (WTO), headquartered in Singapore, is a global non-profit organisation committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. Founded by Singaporean Jack Sim, the WTO is…

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Cleaning industry influences infection control guidelines

By Brian Clark* On Tuesday 26 October 2010, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) published the final version of the 2010 Guideline for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare. This 262 page document includes changes that were brought about by public input after draft Guidelines were…

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Cleaning industry fails to educate healthcare

Cleaning industry fails to educate healthcare industry

By Brian Clark* The recent publication of Draft National Infection Control Guidelines for public comment by the National health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) was a golden opportunity for the cleaning industry to provide input into a document that will have a dramatic influence on cleaning in Healthcare for the…

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Bundled strategies tackle MDROs

Bundled strategies tackle MDROs

By Greg Whiteley* “MRSA rates of Cross Infection are being bought under control in the USA and are dropping for the first time in 15 years.” That was the message from Professor Robert Weinstein of Chicago at the recent Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America held in Atlanta, Georgia, last…

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ISS Facility Services uses technology in fight against HAIs

ISS, one of the world’s biggest providers of service solutions for the healthcare industry, uses flexibility, innovation and best practices to match customer needs. Recently, focus has been on reducing Hospital Acquired Infections For a number of years ISS, one of the world’s biggest facility service companies, has focused on…

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