Saturday, June 19, 2021

Infection Control News

Health Europa brings you the latest Infection Control News from across the field of European Health & Social Care. We take a look into the disciplines concerned in the prevention of health-associated infection.

cleaning and hygiene

Cleaning and hygiene: the importance of disinfection and decontamination

British Cleaning Council Chairman Paul Thrupp tells Health Europa Quarterly about priorities and challenges in the cleaning and hygiene sector. Cleaning and disinfection are essential...
UK implements new measures to control Indian COVID-19 variant

UK implements new measures to control Indian COVID-19 variant

The UK Government is implementing new measures to control the spread of the Indian COVID-19 variant – known as B1.617.2 – which is beginning...
Clinical wound care and infection control

Clinical wound care and infection control

American Professional Wound Care Association Director Dr Richard Schlanger tells HEQ about the challenges facing the treatment and care of wounds. US-based non-profit the American...
Newly develop material protects against resistant bacteria

Newly developed material protects against resistant bacteria

A team of researchers has developed a new material that protects against resistant bacteria, preventing wounds from becoming infected. The team at Chalmers University of...
Infection control restrictions in UK care homes to be eased

Infection control restrictions in UK care homes to be eased

Care homes in the UK will see COVID-19 infection control restrictions eased from May 17. From May 17, UK care homes will see infection control...
antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria with molecular tweezers

Researchers have created an innovative method for combatting antibiotic-resistant bacteria that utilises microscopic molecular tweezers. The team, led by scientists from the Ben-Gurion University (BGU),...
pandemic

WHO unveils global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence

A new World Health Organization (WHO) led project will launch the global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence, data, surveillance, and analytics innovation. The collaboration...
Urgent need to reduce inequalities in infection control practices

Urgent need to reduce inequalities in infection control practices

The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted an urgent need to reduce inequalities in the availability of good hand hygiene and infection prevention and...
UV light improves efficacy of common disinfectants against COVID-19

UV light improves efficacy of common disinfectants against COVID-19

The application of ultraviolet light (UVC) light could improve the efficacy of 400 common disinfectants against COVID-19, as well as making them safer for...
Lateral flow tests not accurate at detecting low COVID-19 viral loads

Lateral flow tests not accurate at detecting low COVID-19 viral loads

A new study has suggested that lateral flow tests are not sufficient for testing COVID-19 infection in individuals with low viral loads. The new study...
antimicrobial

Managing the transmission of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria

Lorna Malkin, Junior Editor of HEQ, speaks to the European Food Safety Authority to find out how antimicrobial resistance is being monitored and controlled...
sepsis

Sepsis: post-sepsis syndrome and infection control

Sepsis Alliance Board member Dr Cindy Hou speaks to Health Europa Quarterly to discuss the burden and prevention of sepsis. Sepsis occurs when the immune...
Copper foam could be used as microbe filter in facemasks and air cleaners

Copper foam could act as microbe filter in face masks and air cleaners

In a new study, researchers have demonstrated how copper foam could be used as a highly efficient, durable filter for reusable masks and air...
COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 testing strategy improves result speeds for healthcare workers

A team of scientists have generated an innovative system to accelerate COVID-19 testing times for healthcare workers. The team, comprised of scientists from the University...
Study findings could lead to new ways of reducing harmful hospital bacteria

Study findings could lead to new ways of reducing harmful hospital bacteria

New research has revealed critical factors that facilitate the spread of disease from harmful bacteria that survive on hospital and kitchen surfaces, which could...
COVID-19 testing will still be needed following full vaccination

COVID-19 testing will still be needed following full vaccination

New findings suggest that testing for COVID-19 following vaccination will still be necessary, as contracting a COVID-19 infection is still possible following full vaccination. The...
Modelling shows high COVID-19 spread with rapid air exchange

Modelling shows high COVID-19 spread with rapid air exchange

New modelling has suggested that rapid air exchanges can spread COVID-19 in high concentrations from one room to another. A team of researchers at the...
The burden of influenza and the role of education in infection control

The burden of influenza and the role of education in infection control

ESWI Chairman Dr Albert Osterhaus speaks to HEQ about the burden of influenza and the role of education in infection control. The European Scientific Working...
Could robotics reduce infection spread in hospitals? 

Could robotics reduce infection spread in hospitals? 

A team of researchers has presented a new concept for using robotics in infectious hospitals that could help to mitigate the spread of infections...
The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance

The growing threat of antimicrobial resistance

Pierre Meulien, Executive Director of Innovative Medicines Initiative, discusses the urgency of multisectoral care in treating drug-resistant infections. While great strides have been made in the...

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