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Target Goals for the Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections

Posted by Joan Hebden, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC on Feb 1, 2018 10:00:00 AM

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Target Goals for the Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections: Ambitious But Achievable 

In October 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new targets using data from calendar year 2015 as a new reference point for the national acute care hospital metrics for the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs). 

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Preventing Legionnaires Disease

Posted by Amanda Thornton, RN, MSN on Dec 20, 2017 3:00:00 PM


Did you know that one in ten persons who contract the Legionnaires disease will die from it? (1). Although it’s rare that we would even think of Legionnaires; When it rears its ugly head the results can be disastrous for those who are exposed. 

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Hepatitis A Virus: Wreaking Havoc for Public Health

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Nov 28, 2017 10:30:00 AM


Hepatitis A virus  is not for the faint of heart!  This highly contagious and vaccine-preventable virus attacks the liver, with symptoms including fever, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), stomach pain, lack of appetite and nausea, and for otherwise healthy individuals, reaching the road to recovery could take several weeks (1).  Young children often have no symptoms of the illness.  However, for those with underlying liver issues this illness can lead to liver failure and even death (1).

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'Falling' into Flu Prevention

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Oct 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Bonfires, pumpkin patches, and football are some of the fun activities that come to my mind when someone mentions the word, “fall”.  And, while getting a flu shot is definitely not on the list of fun things to do, it definitely is one of the most important preventive measures we can take this time of year. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC), while “seasonal influenza (flu) viruses can be detected year-round in the United States, flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter.”

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Prevention of Intraluminal Contamination of Intravascular Catheters

Posted by Joan Hebden, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC on Sep 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Despite a 46% reduction in central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in US healthcare facilities from 2008-2013, an estimated 30,000 infections continue to occur annually among hospitalized patients.1 A common mode of pathogenesis for these infections is needleless connector contamination with microorganisms from the patient’s skin and/or the hands of healthcare workers (HCWers). Inadequate disinfection of these connectors, which are accessed multiple times by HCWers in the provision of patient care, can result in intraluminal colonization of the catheter and subsequent bloodstream infection (BSI).

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Overcoming the Fall and Winter Seasonal Germ Blues

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Aug 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

 

The summer season is nearing its end once again with the start of school, football and fall festivals. And with back to school we bring back the germs! 

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Sustaining Life: Infection Prevention in Dialysis

Posted by Frances (Fran) K. Canty, MA, BSN, RN, VA-BC™ on Jul 20, 2017 1:44:00 PM

 

Healthy kidney function is an integral part of maintaining the balance of the body to sustain life. The purpose of your two kidneys are to prevent a buildup of wastes and extra fluid in the body, which is excreted through daily urinary output. They maintain levels of electrolytes, such as sodium, potassium, and phosphate, and help keep bones strong. They also facilitate production of red blood cells, as well as hormones to help regulate blood pressure.1

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Quaternary Ammonium Disinfectants: Lost in Translation?

Posted by Joan Hebden, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC on Jun 29, 2017 4:43:00 PM

 

There has been a plethora of scientific literature demonstrating that healthcare-associated pathogens, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE) and Clostridium difficile, frequently contaminate both porous and non-porous surfaces in the healthcare environment.  This microbial burden on environmental surfaces serves as a reservoir for direct transmission of pathogens to the patient or as an indirect mode of transmission through contaminated reusable patient care equipment and/or healthcare workers’ hands and gloves. Along with hand hygiene and the implementation of best practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), environmental cleaning is a fundamental component of a comprehensive infection prevention program.

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Infection Prevention Regulatory Changes in Long Term Care

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Jun 1, 2017 1:04:27 PM

There are some big changes coming to the long term care (LTC) landscape, courtesy of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Since 2002, LTC providers have been following the Nursing Home Quality Initiative, which reimburses these facilities based on certain quality metrics including staffing, pain control, vaccination, and pressure ulcer development.  This information is posted on CMS’ nursing home compare website and allows consumers to see how their local care facilities perform. However, in September 2016, CMS finalized a rule that will require massive changes in current LTC facilities.[1]

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Support World Health and Save Lives by Cleaning Your Hands

Posted by Debra Hagberg MT (ASCP), CIC on May 4, 2017 5:51:18 PM

 

The single most effective way to prevent the spread of disease is by performing hand hygiene. Since this seems so simple, why is there a need to annually promote clean hands by the World Health Organization (WHO) on May 5th?  Great question, right?

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