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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.

06/10/2010

Is the Recession Compromising Quality?

In the pages of ICT we’ve talked a lot about the challenges infection preventionists face in terms of their struggle to hold onto staff, funding and resources they need to operate their programs. So I wanted to pass along an interesting tidbit from the University of Michigan Health System relating to the overall  fiscal health of hospitals these days. During past recessions, the ...
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06/08/2010

Getting from Knowledge to Practice

How do you get from knowledge to practice? That’s the question that has been plaguing clinicians forever. And as an infection preventionist, you have probably struggled daily to translate guidelines and best practices into easy-to-understand knowledge bites for healthcare providers. A new study conducted by University of Cincinnati (UC) emergency medicine researchers says that although ...
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05/27/2010

Rarer Strains of E. coli Emerging

Having just survived a particularly nasty bout of food poisoning, I thought I’d pass along news about how scientists are growing increasingly concerned about other rarer strains of E. coli – beyond  E. coli O157:H7 – that are poised to emerge as a significant health threat. To read the news item from The New York Times via MSNBC, MSNBC.com, CLICK HERE.
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05/18/2010

Smallpox and HIV: New Research

The elimination of smallpox may have created a window of opportunity for the HIV epidemic years later, according to new interesting new research coming out of George Mason University. Researcher Richard Weinstein, of the university’s biodefense program, says that smallpox vaccination may confer a measurable degree of immunity to HIV infection. To read further, CLICK HERE. This research ...
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05/02/2010

Greetings from San Diego and the IAHCSMM Annual Meeting

We have convened in beautiful San Diego for the IAHCSMM annual meeting, and I'm looking forward to seeing friends and colleagues who work in one of the most critical areas of any hospital -- the sterile processing department. I salute these marvelously dedicated individuals, and you may have noticed on the ICT Web site we currently have several op-ed pieces that celebrate this profession -- I ...
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04/26/2010

Making a Game of Infection Prevention

American Medical News is reporting on two physicians, Dr. Arun Mathews and Dr. Francis Kong, who have turned their appreciation for infection control into a promising new venture, Nerdcore Learning, a gaming company that targets medical students and delivers a powerful message about antibiotic stewardship through its role-playing game, “The Healing Blade.”  The game, which blends ...
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04/14/2010

Is "Zero" Possible?

For an upcoming issue of Infection Control Today magazine I'd like to re-examine the concept of "getting to zero" in terms of infection reduction and I'd like your thoughts. Do you think it's possible to achieve a zero infection rate for the most common hospital-acquired infection rates, such as catheter-related infections, surgical site infections and ventilator-associated ...
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