Australian cleaning trial reduces hospital infections

28th of March 2019
Australian cleaning trial reduces hospital infections

A major trial of a bundle of hospital cleaning practices in 11 Australian hospitals has resulted in significant reductions in hospital-acquired infections.

The study, reported in Inclean, was titled 'An environmental cleaning bundle and health care-associated infection in hospitals (REACH): a multi-centre randomised trial' and led by by

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Labelling lower wages

27th of March 2019
Labelling lower wages

With International Women’s Day taking place recently, Scandinavian correspondent Lotte Printz brings this, perhaps inspirational?, story from Sweden.

What happens to a female-dominated business if the wages equal men’s?” That is the question Linda Amiri and Sofia Jensfelt asked themselves when setting up 50-femme: “A

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New EFCI director aims to raise cleaning sector profile in Europe

26th of March 2019
New EFCI director aims to raise cleaning sector profile in Europe

Isabel Yglesias was appointed the new director of EFCI, the organisation representing the cleaning and facilities services sector across Europe, in summer 2018. She speaks to ECJ editor Michelle Marshall about its relaunch and ongoing projects for 2019.

Isabel Yglesias is a Spanish lawyer who worked in the private sector for 10 years before

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Self-cleaning walls ease the cleaner’s lot

25th of March 2019
Self-cleaning walls ease the cleaner’s lot

A new hotel in Copenhagen is easing the cleaner's burden - because the guest rooms disinfect themselves.

Hotel Ottilia has treated the interior walls of its guest rooms with an antibacterial spray said to be effective against germs and mould spores.

"We've been testing this system for two years and what really sold us on it was that it would

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Electronic hand hygiene system fails to improve staff satisfaction in ICU

22nd of March 2019
Electronic hand hygiene system fails to improve staff satisfaction in ICU

An electronic hand hygiene monitoring system employed in a tertiary care teaching hospital has been criticised for being both inaccurate and inconvenient.

The system, which was introduced into the ICU unit of an unnamed US hospital, was designed to detect healthcare staff's movements in patient areas and provide alerts on missed hand hygiene

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UK budget cuts force school heads to clean toilets

21st of March 2019
UK budget cuts force school heads to clean toilets

Reports in the UK national press say head teachers are cleaning school toilets, sweeping floors and washing up after lunch because of funding cuts.

Smaller budgets mean that cleaners and caretakers are often being sacked. An investigation in The Times revealed head teachers are most seriously affected - they reported cleaning up after school

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