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Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC,

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Where Are YOU on the Road Map to HAI Elimination?

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Nov 1, 2018 8:37:00 PM

Where Are You on the Road Map to HAI Elimination?

As we continuously strive to prevent patient harm and healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has challenged hospitals to do even better.  They released the National Action Plan to Prevent Health Care-Associated Infections: Road Map to Elimination (HAI Action Plan) back in October of 20161 

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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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'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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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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Chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) Resistance in Bacteria—Should I Be Concerned?

Posted by Caitlin Stowe MPH, CPH, CIC, on Dec 1, 2016 10:29:00 AM

A recent article entitled Mechanisms of increased resistance to chlorhexidine and cross-resistance to colistin following exposure of Klebsiella pneumoniae clinical isolates to chlorhexidine published in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal showed how researchers induced resistance to chlorhexidine (CHG) in Klebsiella pneumoniae, and identified cross-resistance to the antibiotic, colistin—marking the first time that any bacteria was shown to exhibit resistance to CHG.  

[If the resistant Klebsiella from this study was exposed to PDI’s Prevantics® antiseptics products, the bacteria would have been killed by the CHG level. Read further to see why.]

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