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What are the Cold Hard Facts of Upper Respiratory Infections?

  
  
  
  
  
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Upper respiratory infections are diseases with symptoms affecting the sinuses, larynx, pharynx, and nasal passages. Examples of such illnesses include rhinitis, laryngitis, sinus infections, and the common cold. Most people contract one or more upper respiratory infections each year, and by and large, they are considered fairly non-threatening by the general population. However, these diseases can pose serious risks to young children, the elderly, patients recovering from surgery, and people with compromised immune systems.

MRSA Outbreak for the Buccaneers

  
  
  
  
  
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The Novaerus blog is dedicated largely to the issue of infection prevention as it pertains to health care facilities. But this week in our Tampa Bay backyard, a MRSA outbreak was reported not at an area hospital or long-term care facility, but in the locker room of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Infection Control Myths that May Surprise You

  
  
  
  
  
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Infection control is one of the greatest challenges facing hospital and healthcare facility staff. Each year in the United States, Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) kill tens of thousands of people and cost the system tens of billions of dollars. HAIs occur for many reasons, but improper infection control techniques are at or near the top of the list. You may be surprised to learn that even seasoned and experienced healthcare workers sometimes fall victim to infection control myths.

3 Reasons Your Doctor's Office Needs Infection Control

  
  
  
  
  
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Infection control is a vital consideration in all healthcare settings, and your doctor's office is no exception. While you may not have to manage the volume of patients with infectious illnesses that a hospital has to deal with, it is still crucially important to the health of your patients and your staff that you implement effective measures to stop the spread of bacterial and viral diseases.

5 Facts About Healthcare Acquired Infections That Will Blow Your Mind

  
  
  
  
  
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Every year in the United States, thousands of people die from healthcare acquired infections(HAIs), and the financial toll of these diseases totals tens of billions of dollars. The facts and figures are startling. Many of them may surprise you.

Why The Cost Of HAIs Are Eroding Your Profits, And What To Do About It

  
  
  
  
  
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Healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) exact a major financial toll on hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities. In addition to costing tens of thousands of dollars per patient, the federal government is now penalizing facilities that don't have comprehensive preventative measures in place to curb the spread of HAIs. You may be worried that you can't afford to implement effective new technologies for fighting healthcare-acquired infections, but the reality is that you can't afford not to.

10 Interesting Facts about Healthcare Acquired Infections

  
  
  
  
  
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Healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) continue to be a major problem in the United States and throughout the developed world. Drug-resistant microorganisms, such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), C-difficile, and the norovirus, are particularly dangerous. Though the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) work with state and local officials to help contain and prevent HAIs, statistics show that effective action is needed at the institutional level to curb their deadly and costly effects.

3 Commonly Held Myths of HEPA Air Purifiers Busted

  
  
  
  
  
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HEPA air purifiers are widely used in healthcare settings to eliminate airborne contaminants and control the spread of potentially dangerous infections. While these air purifiers are effective to a degree, they also have major limitations. The prevailing sentiment that they offer a "catch-all" solution to the problem of airborne contamination is quite simply not true.

Airborne Infection Control Case Study: West Gables Health Care Center

  
  
  
  
  
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One of our newer case studies, provides compelling proof of the Novaerus technology effectiveness. This study was carried out at West Gables Health Care Center and was one of the first healthcare facilities in the United States to implement the Novaerus airborne infection control system. The system, combined with conscientious efforts from hospital staff, once again led to an immediate and dramatic improvement in indoor air quality and a sharp reduction in upper respiratory tract infections.

How to Prevent and Reduce the Spread of MRSA in Skilled Nursing Homes

  
  
  
  
  
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Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a potentially deadly infection that continues to be a problem in hospitals, skilled nursing, and healthcare facilities throughout the world. While anyone at risk of developing an infection during their hospital stay needs to be wary of MRSA, elderly patients are at heightened risk. MRSA is resistant to many broad-spectrum and common antibiotics, including penicillin, amoxicillin and methicillin, and since elderly people tend to have weaker immune systems, MRSA is particularly dangerous to them.

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