Sterilising gas could clean hospital wards

29th of December 2011
Sterilising gas could clean hospital wards

A new way of killing bacteria using sterilising gas could change the way hospital wards are cleaned, it's been claimed. The technique involves pumping a mixture of ozone and hydrogen peroxide into a room to wipe out microbes on walls, mattresses, chairs and other surfaces.

It mirrors the way the immune system tackles bacterial infection - ozone

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EU backs single permit for foreign workers

27th of December 2011
EU backs single permit for foreign workers

Workers from outside the European Union will be able to apply more easily to live and work in member states following European Parliament's approval last week of a single permit directive.

The rules - already agreed by member states' governments - offer foreign workers the right to similar working conditions, pensions, social security and access

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Call for less stringent REACH chemicals law

22nd of December 2011
Call for less stringent REACH chemicals law

European leaders are coming under pressure from the Czech and Slovak governments to reconsider what they consider to be the 'excessive' REACH safety regulations on the chemicals industry that they say hurt smaller businesses and undermine economic growth.

The REACH regulation is due for review in 2012, setting the stage for a lobbying

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Medical students have poor hand hygiene

21st of December 2011
Medical students have poor hand hygiene

New research from Germany has shown that two-thirds of medical students were unable to identify correctly clinical situations in which they should wash their hands.

They also falsely believed their own hand hygiene was better than that of nursing colleagues, said the study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Researchers from

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Hand hygiene goes high-tech at US hospital

19th of December 2011
Hand hygiene goes high-tech at US hospital

Healthcare workers who fail to wash their hands are being caught on camera at a hospital on New York's Long Island.

Surveillance cameras and sensors have been installed in the intensive care unit at North Shore University Hospital to monitor hand hygiene compliance. The sensors detect when a healthcare worker enters the ICU room and whether or

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Name change for Hydro Nova Europe

16th of December 2011
Name change for Hydro Nova Europe

Dilution and dosing systems specialist Hydro Nova Europe will change its name to Hydro Systems Europe with effect from January 1 2012.

The company, which has its parent company in the USA, covers markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It produces a range of solutions from mechanical hand pumps and water-activated dilution

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