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APR 2019

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34 ICT April 2019 www.infectioncontroltoday.com MSU Spartan Pride Scrub Hats and Bouffant Caps Healthmark Industries Co., Inc. announces the addition of Michigan State University Scrub Hats and Bouffant Caps to its personal protective equipment (PPE) accessory line. Offi cially licensed by MSU, these scrub hats and bouffant caps are of high quality and are perfect for any Spartan fan. Each cap and hat has the optional style of MSU basketball, Sparty, hockey or football. Disposable scrub hats are manufactured from spunlace non-woven rayon material. Disposable bouffant caps are manufactured with latex-free polypropylene fabric and have an elastic headband for a secure and comfortable fi t. The reusable scrub hats are hand-tailored from pre-washed 100% cotton fabric, are machine washable and are one size-fi ts-most. Both the disposable scrub hats and disposable bouffant caps are one-size-fi ts-most. All MSU scrub hats and bouffant caps cover the head, nape of neck and ears to confi ne hair, limiting it as a source of possible contamination, allowing healthcare professionals to complete their important duties all while displaying their Spartan Pride. (800) 521-6224 or www.hmark.com Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion™ Cleaner Disinfectant I n a n e w s t u d y p u b l i s h e d i n t h e American Journal of Infection Control, 24 percent of non-isolation rooms tested positive for C. diff spores and 10 p e r c e n t t e s t e d positive for MRSA after standard cleaning with a quaternary ammonium disinfectant, but routine use of a novel sporicidal disinfectant signifi cantly reduced contam- ination. Researchers from the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center compared the frequency of environmental contamination in standard patient rooms that had not been used to treat patients with CDI for three-week periods before and after switching cleaning protocols from a quaternary ammonium disinfectant to Clorox Healthcare® Fuzion™ Cleaner Disinfectant, a novel form of bleach that kills C. diff spores in two minutes, has a low odor profi le and is safe to use on a wide variety of surfaces. Prior to May 1, 2018, environmental services professional at the 215-bed acute care facility used commercial bleach wipes for daily and post-discharge cleaning of CDI rooms and a quaternary ammonium disinfectant for non-CDI rooms. After May 1, 2018, EVS personnel used Fuzion for post discharge cleaning and disinfection of all CDI and non-CDI rooms. During the baseline period when a non-sporicidal quaternary ammonium disinfectant was used, 51 non-CDI rooms were cultured after post-discharge cleaning and 24 percent tested positive for C. diff spores, while 10 percent tested positive for MRSA. During the intervention period, when Fuzion was used for all post-discharge room disinfection, environmental surfaces in 39 non-CDI rooms were cultured. During this period, the research team reported a signifi cant reduction in recovery of C. diff after cleaning (2 of 39, 5% vs 12 of 51, 24%; P = .02) and a trend toward reduced MRSA contamination (5 of 51, 10% vs 0 of 39, 0%; P = .07). According to the researchers, these results suggest that routine use of a sporicidal disinfectant in all post-discharge rooms could potentially be benefi cial in reducing the risk for C. diff transmission from contaminated surfaces. Source: Wong, et al. Impact of routine use of a spray formulation of bleach on Clostridium diffi cile spore contamination in non-C. diffi cile infection rooms. Am J Infection Control. 2018;(000):1-3. Tru-D SmartUVC Strategies to reduce CDI at Duke University Medical Center, described in a new paper accepted by the Journal of the American College of Surgeons included antimicrobial stewardship optimization, increased use of Tru-D SmartUVC for terminal cleaning of CDI patient rooms, increased hand hygiene and PPE signage as well as monitoring in high-risk CDI areas, improved diagnostic stewardship by an electronic best practice advisory to reduce inappropriate CDI testing, education through surgical grand rounds and routine data feedback via NSQIP and NHSN CDI reports. Using these strategies, observed rate of C. diff decreased from 1.27 percent in 2016 to 0.91 percent in 2017, a 28 percent decrease. The conclusion provided a basis for requesting the hiring and training of additional environmental services staff and expanded training for terminal cleans using the Tru-D technology, which uses an ultraviolet light cleaning system to denature the spores of C. diffi cile. By training fi ve additional Tru-D operators, the facility went from using Tru-D on 30 percent of C. diff rooms to 100 percent of C. diff rooms. Appropriately trained Tru-D technicians increased in number following the initiative from two in 2017 to seven in 2019. This increase in technicians allowed for an increase in terminal cleans by Tru-D Ultraviolet therapy from 30 percent in March 2017 to 100 percent in September 2018. Tru-D delivers one automated, measured dose of UVC light to consistently disinfect an entire room during one cycle. Operating from one placement in the room, Tru-D ensures signifi cant pathogen reduction in direct and shadowed areas. www.tru-d.com Web-based In-Service Training Program CS Medical announces the release of another tool that will aide healthcare professionals in their fi ght to reduce healthcare-associated infections. For healthcare facilities that own the TD 100®, the web-based In-Service Training Program offers round-the-clock training of staff charged with the reprocessing of TEE probes. For over a decade the TD 100 has been an effective tool in the reprocessing of TEE ultrasound probes by providing high-level disinfection in only 5 minutes. To ensure proper operation of the TD 100, an in-service training is completed at the conclusion of each installation and verifi cation of operation. CS Medical service staff provides a step-by-step, hands-on training program for proper operation and preventative maintenance of the device. The web-based training portal provides the same training subject matter as directed by CS Medical staff but is offered as an on-demand tool to meet competency requirements within your healthcare facility or outlined by the Joint Commission). The web-based training program includes a profi ciency quiz and competency certifi cate upon completion of the program. www.csmedicalllc.com product locator

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