WHEN THE CHOICE IS MADE TO PROTECT IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PATIENTS WITH POINT OF USE FILTERS, DO NOT FORGET SOME CRITICAL POINTS.

WHEN THE CHOICE IS MADE TO PROTECT IMMUNOCOMPROMISED PATIENTS WITH POINT OF USE FILTERS, DO NOT FORGET SOME CRITICAL POINTS.

In a very interesting paper published by the University Hospital of Montpellier (Tracking the spread routes of opportunistic premise plumbing pathogens in a haematology unit with water points-of-use protected by antimicrobial filters. Baranovsky S. et al. Journal of Hospital Infection,2018,98,53-59) the confirmation of the necessity to not forget some critical points in the water safety plan is scientifically proven. The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of water filtration in daily practice and to track secondary non-filtered…

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Environmentals Reservoirs of persisting Carbapenemase-Producing Bacteria.

Environmentals Reservoirs of persisting Carbapenemase-Producing Bacteria.

Reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are of great importance for the risk of a « naive » new patient to be contaminated when hospitalized in the room of a previously colonized or infected patient by an extended- spectrum betalactamase-producing bacteria. This risk may be considered near to 2 for this naive new patient in comparison to the risk encountered when hospitalized in a room previously occupied by a non-infected patient. This is particularly hazardous in case of gram negative carbapenemase-producing bacteria (CPB) which…

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WHY TO USE POINT-OF-USE FILTERS IN IMMUNE COMPROMISED UNITS

WHY TO USE POINT-OF-USE FILTERS IN IMMUNE COMPROMISED UNITS

Bone Marrow Transplant / Neonates Intensive Care Unit / Intensive Care Unit / Burn Unit Patients hospitalized in bone marrow transplantation, NICU and other high risk hospital units have zero immune system due to the treatments used for avoiding the reject of the bone marrow transplantation and other immune suppressing environment factors; thus the necessity to protect these patients from environmental contamination is accepted worldwide. For years, diverse ventilation systems and air treatment processes are dedicated to insure a specific air quality…

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WHERE TO INSTALL FILTERS
AND WHICH TYPE OF FILTERS

FOR THE PREVENTION OF
WATERBORNE INFECTIONS
IN HEALTH-CARE SETTINGS AND PUBLIC RECEIVING BUILDINGS.

WHERE TO INSTALL FILTERS
AND WHICH TYPE OF FILTERS

FOR THE PREVENTION OF
WATERBORNE INFECTIONS
IN HEALTH-CARE SETTINGS AND PUBLIC RECEIVING BUILDINGS.

Download article here  Contact us for more details on FILT’RAY 2G  Point-of-Use FILTERS   How to protect patients and general population. There is now a largely diffused information in the public related to the risk of waterborne contamination and infection since some mediatic outbreaks of gastroenteritidis, legionellosis and health-care associated infections. The request of a safe environnement, both in hospital settings and public receiving buildings is clearly expressed by the users who don’t hesitate to go in front of a…

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Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in West Virginia

Four cases of Legionnaires’ disease confirmed in West Virginia

The HCHD confirmed four cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the county after news broke of one illness connected to Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort. Lab results received by the Hancock County Health Department confirmed that four employees were tested positive for legionella bacteria. The bacteria  is found in freshwater environments such as lakes and streams, and also can be found in places such as showerheads; sink faucets; cooling towers; hot tubs; decorative fountains; water features; hot water tanks; heaters; and large…

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MANAGING THE WATERBORNE RISK IN THE HEALTH SETTINGS.
THE FRENCH GUIDELINES 2005.

MANAGING THE WATERBORNE RISK IN THE HEALTH SETTINGS.
THE FRENCH GUIDELINES 2005.

Introduction Since the 80’s some cases of waterborne Healthcare Associated infections (HAIs) were described, but this concern was really taken into consideration in France during the 90’s, in relation with the Mycobacterium xenopi outbreak in the « Clinique du Sport » in Paris from 1993 to 1999 (1). A first case of osteomyelitis after endoscopic nucleotomy was reported in june 1993, inducing investigations which evidenced 9 cases, all operated in this clinic under endoscopy from 1988 to 1993. The origin of this…

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Infectious diarrhea spores survive high temperatures of hospital laundering

Infectious diarrhea spores survive high temperatures of hospital laundering

Hospital bedsheets could be source of C. difficile contamination Date: October 16, 2018 Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Summary: Washing contaminated hospital bedsheets in a commercial washing machine with industrial detergent at high disinfecting temperatures failed to remove all traces of Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes infectious diarrhea, suggesting that linens could be a source of infection among patients and even other hospitals, according to a new study. Story Source: Materials provided by Society for…

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THE DIFFERENT FACTORS
OF BACTERIAL ATTACHMENT AND ADHESION ON SURFACES
Professor Philippe Hartemann

THE DIFFERENT FACTORS
OF BACTERIAL ATTACHMENT AND ADHESION ON SURFACES
Professor Philippe Hartemann

The attachment of bacteria and other microorganisms on surfaces is the result of some physicochemical links and interactions and their own metabolical characteristics. Then occurs a second phase, called adhesion, linked to those factors in interaction with others of biological nature. These two phases could be eventually followed by a third one, the colonization if cleaning and/or disinfection of the surface at this place are inefficient … or not performed. This leads to the formation of a biofilm. The attachment…

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Increase of Legionnaires’ disease

Increase of Legionnaires’ disease

 The number of Legionnaires’ disease increase Department of Public Health of differents areas give an alarm because of the rising of Legionnaires cases. Indeed, in Ireland the data showed that the number doubled with 10 cases in 2016, less than 2017 with 25 cases resulting in four deaths. The HSE’s Health Protection Surveillance Unit said “The incidence of the disease is now 5.3 cases per million population but 13.8 per million among those aged over 50 years.” People who are over…

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Legionella detected in Watkins Glen Hotel

Legionella detected in Watkins Glen Hotel

Legionella in pools and spa According to the New York state Department of Health, in July,  at the Watkins Glen Hotel pools and spa, Legionella was detected. Two guests were exposed to that bacteria Guests at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel between July 16 and Aug. 1 and were near the pool and spa may have been exposed to Legionella bacteria. People who are more sensible to legionella contamination are old people, whose wih an immune systems, smokers, children. The initial…

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