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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.


What's in a Name?

More than you think, especially when it comes to naming a newly discovered pathogen. The latest example is the new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, known as MERS-CoV for short. A columnist for notes that "The MERS-CoV naming saga is an extreme example of the bureaucratized process by which diseases are now labeled," and pens an interesting account of the naming process that apparently also plagued the H1N1 virus.
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Nominate an Outstanding IP

Infection Control Today magazine invites members of the infection prevention and control community to submit nominations for ICT’s 2013 Who’s Who in Infection Prevention, designed to salute outstanding individuals who are working hard to advance the infection prevention and control agenda.
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Help Us Celebrate Perioperative Nurses Week

Every year, Perioperative Nurses Week focuses attention on the meaningful work of 160,000 perioperative nurses across the U.S. who advocate for the safety of surgical patients.
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Study Raises New Debate Over Hygiene Hypothesis

A recent study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology prompted an online article on the hygiene hypothesis on as well as a segment on the NBC Nightly News on Oct. 8.
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Help Us Celebrate CSSD Week

Oct. 14-20, 2012 is Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) Week, and in celebration of the significant contributions that these professionals make to patient safety, we are inviting sterile processing professionals to submit their perspectives on their work for a special salute to CSSD Week.
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Battling Misinformation

Alcohol kills spores. Off-label use of disinfectants is no big deal. Why does this kind of misinformation stick? A new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores this phenomenon.
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Most Problematic Hospital Organisms: ICT Poll Results

ICT announces the result of an online poll asking about the most problematic hospital organisms.
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