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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.

09/10/2010

Busting Those Myths About the Common Cold

Time.com takes a look at the new book, "Ah-Choo! The Uncommon Life of Your Common Cold," and speaks with author Jennifer Ackerman about the immense amount of misinformation out there about the common cold.
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09/02/2010

Isolation: Fighting Infection but Alienating Patients?

I encourage you to read and ponder a recent essay in The New York Times written by Abigail Zuger, MD, an infectious disease physician in Manhattan. In "Isolation, an Ancient and Lonely Practice, Endures," Zuger describes the ordeal that contact isolation has become in today's hospitals, as well as the social stigma it creates for patients. Acknowledging the need for isolation to help prevent ...
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08/26/2010

Celebrating Our Educators

Think back to when you were in school -- is there a teacher that stands out in your memory? Almost everyone seems to have fond memories of individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary talent and devotion to instruction, whether it's from kindergarten or from college.
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08/17/2010

Discarding Data a Dastardly Deed, Consumer Advocates Assert

By now you may have heard that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has purged infection data from hospital records dating from 2005 to 2008 because it believed this data was too expensive to maintain and, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "is too sensitive for the public to examine for more than a year." The newspaper quotes a number of consumer watchdogs ...
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08/13/2010

Boosting Hand Hygiene Compliance

What is your healthcare institution doing to boost hand hygiene compliance? That's one of the lively topics under discussion in our ICTalk online forum.
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08/12/2010

Health Board, Union Quarrel Over Hospital Cleaning Job Cuts

It's always interesting to see what's happening in Europe when it comes to infection prevention and control, and I came across a situation that many American hospitals may be able to relate to – budget cuts that threaten a facility’s ability to uphold environmental hygiene.
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08/05/2010

Room Turnover Times, Infection Control and Hygiene

Ever wonder how your facility's room turnover times stack up against other institutions, especially relating to environmental hygiene and infection control? We invite you to join a conversation in progress on the ICTalk online forum to share your thoughts and experiences: http://forum.infectioncontroltoday.com/f17/room-cleaning-times-206/ In the meantime, here's a reminder from the Centers for ...
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