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The Nose Knows

Posted by Joan Hebden, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC on May 27, 2018 10:05:00 AM

Addressing Surgical Site Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship Through Povidone-Iodine Antiseptic Nasal Decolonization

Decolonization is an evidence-based patient safety practice with the goal of lowering the microbial bio-burden on patient body sites to reduce the risk of infection from endogenous colonization during surgery. 

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The Contaminant Conundrum:  Reducing Blood Culture Contamination

Posted by Deva Rea, MPH, BSN, BS, RN, CIC on Apr 20, 2018 6:00:00 AM

 

A new positive blood culture appears on your surveillance. And it appears to be a commensal organism. Or is it? Any Infection Preventionist will admit to having these challenges daily. Blood culture contamination is a problematic issue in healthcare. Not only will a contaminant increase the likelihood of inappropriate & unnecessary antibiotic therapy, it will also potentially add a significant healthcare cost— either to the hospital or to the patient. Avoiding these outcomes is the goal!

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History and Evolution of Surface Disinfectants

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Mar 30, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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

 

The history of surface cleaning and disinfection is a fascinating story that dates back thousands of years ago, when Egyptians used wine or vinegar to clean.

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Back to Basics in Dealing with Healthcare Outbreaks

Posted by Frances (Fran) K. Canty, MA, BSN, RN, VA-BC™ on Feb 23, 2018 6:00:00 PM


In the midst of the flu season storm, we have become hyper vigilant about alerts on new and multiple outbreaks, and often, with good reason.  The final months of 2017 showed an increase in influenza activity and as 2018 begins, the trend continues upward.[1]

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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

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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