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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.


A Word for the Day that Spells T-r-o-u-b-l-e in the OR

I’m a huge fan of Scrabble, and some of my most-cherished possessions include my dog-eared dictionary and thesaurus. I delight in discovering new, obtuse, or arcane words, and celebrate the glory of a well-turned phrase … especially because today’s lexicon is filled with more than enough sloppy, nonsensical, throw-away slang, slaughtered grammar, and tortured syntax. Imagine my excitement when ...
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Is There a Tipping Point in Infection Prevention?

Am I the last person on the planet to finally have read “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell? Perhaps, knowing now that I probably will never attain the status of Maven; my best shot is probably being a Connector because I know I’m not cut from Salesmen cloth. When it comes to trends, I split the difference. As a journalist, I’m quick to know, but ...
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AIDS at 25: Where are We Now?

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first reported cases of what is now known as acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The advent of AIDS, consisting of a small report on a cluster of unusual pneumonia cases, appeared in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) and was not given much attention by either the public health ...
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Welcome to Our New Website!

If you have been reading ICT since 2000, you know that I have an opinion on just about everything, and I blame that on being a newspaperwoman for the majority of my 20-plus-year career in publishing.
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The ABCs of Writing an Article

If you attended the annual meeting of the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Materiel Management (IAHCSMM) held May 22-25, 2006, you may have attended the presentation given by yours truly and my intrepid publisher, Bill Eikost.
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