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.


"National Influenza Vaccination Week" Coming to a Calendar Near You!

As we grab a big box of Kleenex and brace ourselves for another flu season, I think it’s interesting to take a look at the current results of our monthly ICT poll question, “Should vaccination of healthcare workers against influenza be mandatory at all U.S. healthcare facilities?” It’s a surprisingly close race: Almost 56 percent of you say yes, while just about 45 percent of you say no, with a ...
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Getting Creative in the Battle Against the Bugs

I receive hundreds of press releases each week, and while most are routine, every once in a while there comes a release touting a product so unusual, it makes me do a double-take. For example, a company called The Bottoms Up, LLC is introducing what it touts as a “revolutionary hands-free toilet seat” which “eliminates the need to bend down and touch the toilet seat with your hands.” In my line ...
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Would a Flu Pandemic Wreak Havoc on Americans’ Lives?

A survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health revealed that when faced with a pandemic flu outbreak, the majority of Americans are willing to make major changes in their lives and cooperate with public health officials' recommendations; however, the survey also found that a substantial number of individuals would have no one to care for them if they become ill or would face serious ...
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It's Bare Bones for Some IC Programs

Our current ICT poll question, which asks, “Do you have adequate resources to run your infection prevention and control program effectively?” underscores what I’ve been hearing quite often from infection control practitioners lately. Out of the 276 votes cast so far, almost 73 percent of you said no, while 15 percent of you said yes, and about 12 percent of you weren’t sure. Even though your jobs ...
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A Salute to ICPs Everywhere

With International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) now underway through Sunday, Oct. 22, I’d like to salute all the passionate, hard-working infection prevention professionals out there. You are the backbone of your facility’s initiatives to protect healthcare worker and patient safety, and your efforts in the fight against infectious diseases are a matter of life or death. Stand tall and ...
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Germs: A Gift That Keeps on Giving

It’s always just a little bit satisfying when the rest of the world catches up on the knowledge that ICPs already have; what I mean is, it no longer feels as though you’re the only ones talking about the need for awareness relating to the persistence of pathogens on inanimate objects. Check out this development: A group of researchers led by a team from the University of Virginia Health System ...
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It’s Clean Hands Week, but We’re Still Awash in Dirt and Germs

You won’t be a bit surprised to learn that the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), in its second annual Clean Hands Report Card, gave Americans the grade of C-minus for its handwashing habits -- a downgrade from 2004 when the country received a C grade. In case that’s not depressing enough, here are a few more disturbing findings of SDA's 2006 National Cleaning Survey: -- 68 percent of ...
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