The Cleaning and Disinfecting in Healthcare Working Group of NIOSH’s National Occupational Research Agenda offered advice about reducing respiratory hazards related to cleaning and disinfection in hospitals.
At any given time there must be well over a million nurses and other female healthcare workers of childbearing age protecting patients by killing transient bacteria on the hands with alcohol hand rubs.
The Food and Drug Administration is being taken to task for a failure to include chlorhexidine in its recently announced plan to review the safety of active ingredients in antiseptics used in healthcare.
Fewer than one in six healthcare workers followed the correct recommendations for removal of PPE after patient care, likely contaminating themselves and increasing the risk of transmission to others, researchers report.
It’s hard to write “silver lining” and “Ebola” in the same sentence, but something powerfully good could come out of the horrific outbreak: a new safety culture in U.S. hospitals that better protects healthcare workers and patients.