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Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ

Holly Montejano earned her Master of Science from Colorado State University in Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. While working in a post-graduate fellowship as a public health EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) Officer, and then later as an epidemiologist and hospital infection prevention practitioner, she completed a Graduate Certification in Infection Control from University of South Florida and achieved the CIC and CPHQ credentialing. Her main professional interests are infection prevention, epidemiology, education and research. She is thrilled to be a new member of the PDI Clinical Affairs team!

Recent Posts

Hand Hygiene Compliance in a Non-Compliant World

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Apr 28, 2019 9:59:00 AM

Hand Hygiene Compliance in a Non-Compliant World

We all know that hand hygiene is a cornerstone of infection prevention and the “wash your hands” slogan is synonymous with infection prevention campaigns.  We also know that it’s often a missed opportunity in healthcare.  Why is compliance such an issue when the potential harm to patients can be so severe?

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To Infinity and Beyond! No Distance is too Far for the Spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Jan 25, 2019 1:21:00 PM

To Infinity and Beyond! No Distance is too Far for the Spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms

We all know they’re out there.  So small that you can’t see them, yet able to pack a nasty punch with colonization or infection.  Lurking on surfaces and hands WORLDWIDE, and now according to research, in outer space.  These bugs aren’t just causing alarm for physicians, public health practitioners and infection preventionists. International (and interplanetary!) travelers (and astronauts!) need to take heed.  These multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs) are mobile – and whether our travel is for leisure, medical tourism or expanding our scientific frontiers in space – these pesky organisms are ubiquitous and can put even the otherwise healthy traveler (or astronaut) at risk. 

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Clostridium difficile: Is there an Infection Prevention Sweet Spot based on Hospital Occupancy?

Posted by Holly Montejano, MS, CIC, CPHQ on Aug 1, 2018 9:15:00 AM

Patients do not go to the hospital with pneumonia, a heart attack, or any other medical emergency, expecting to become sicker with a diarrheal illness!  Being hospitalized is not without its own risks- including being exposed to additional infections.  We know the common variables related to Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) for hospitalized patients—staff, patient and visitor hand hygiene, antibiotic use, and environmental cleaning and disinfection.  A new variable has recently been studied in the CDI risk portfolio—hospital occupancy—and the results are interesting!

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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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