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Kelly M. Pyrek

Kelly M. Pyrek has served as editor in chief of Infection Control Today magazine for the past 12 years, and manages a number of ICT-affiliated print and online offerings. Recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists as an award-winning practitioner, she has served as an editorial manager, editor, and writer for newspapers, magazines, wire services and public information bureaus for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and is the author of several books on healthcare, forensic science and medico-legal issues.

07/30/2010

Your Bed: It's a Jungle of Microscopic Critters

Of course we know that we serve as a host to billions of microorganisms inside and on our bodies.
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07/27/2010

Where Technology and Evidence-Based Practices Meet

Technology is playing an important role in how infection prevention practices are being implemented, monitored and measured. Electronics, informatics and automation have greatly changed the traditional ways of upholding infection control principles -- it is my hope that these changes are for the better. Having attended the Decennial meeting in March and more recently the APIC annual meeting this ...
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07/19/2010

ICT Debuts New Web Site as Part of "Next-Generation" Transformation

Infection Control Today magazine unveiled its new Web site at the annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology (APIC), held in New Orleans July 11-15.
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07/09/2010

Hand Hygiene: The Forgotten Basics

The basics of hand hygiene are often forgotten, according to CDC epidemiologist Kate Ellingson, PhD.
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07/07/2010

Patient Centric Healthcare and Infection Prevention

What kind of leader will Dr. Donald Berwick be, if he becomes the new administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)? ...
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06/21/2010

SHEA Survey: Field Needs Increased Research

The July issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (Vol. 31, No. 7) features an article that no infection preventionist should miss: “Charting the Course for the Future of Science in Healthcare Epidemiology: Results of a Survey of the Membership of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America.” The piece is a report from the Research Committee of the Society of ...
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06/14/2010

Legionnaires’ Disease… From Windshield Wiper Fluid?

New research coming out of the UK that indicates as many as 1 in 5 community-acquired cases of Legionnaires' disease occur as a result of not adding an antibacterial agent to windshield wiper fluid in vehicles.Legionnaires' disease, caused by the legionella bacteria, is commonly linked to water systems such as air conditioning units, showers and fountains, where water is given off in a fine ...
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