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Significant morbidity and mortality is caused by healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs), including surgical site infections (SSIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and other healthcare-related infections and conditions caused by drug-resistant pathogens that jeopardize patient safety.

  • Breaking the Chain of Infection
    Breaking the Chain of InfectionBy Kelly M. PyrekOne of the basic infection control principles is the chain of infection. Transmission of infection in a hospital requires at least three elements: a source of infecting microorganisms, a susceptible host and a means of ...More
  • Alphabet Soup for Infection Control Practitioners
    Alphabet Soup for Infection Control Practitioners A Guide to IC-Related Agencies By Robert J. Sharbaugh, PhD, CIC As infection control professionals (ICPs), we live in a world of acronyms, a veritable alphabet soup of regulating, accrediting and recommending agencies. This ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Legionnaires' Infects 9 at LA Hospital
    LOS ANGELES - A bacterial respiratory disease has infected nine recent patients at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. Hospital officials report two patients have died and seven have fallen ill from the bacterium Legionella pneumophila. The disease, named after an 1976 ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in News
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY
    Activate 10:1 Institutional Bleach Dilution System Take 5's Activate 10:1 Institutional Bleach Concentrate Dilution System is a two-bottle trigger sprayer that automatically dilutes special-formula bleach with water as you spray, so the solution is always active and ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Reader FeedbackSpeaking Out on Hand Hygiene
    Reader Feedback Speaking Out on Hand Hygiene Q: How can infection control practitioners encourage healthcare workers' compliance with good hand-hygiene practices? "When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came out with the draft guidelines for hand ...More
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Microbe of the Month
    Microbe of the Month By Roger P. Freeman, DDS I'm your enteric everyman, the Peter Parker of microbes, everything you sci-guys could want in a good germ. G-neg, aerobic, non-aerobic ...whatever! Just a model m-org hanging out in the s. intestine, cranking out non-FDA ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Osteomyelitis: A Mother's Perspective
    Osteomyelitis: A Mother's Perspective Dec. 16, 2001 began like any other Saturday. About 7 a.m., our 3-year-old son Chandler arose requesting cartoons and cereal. It was not until later that afternoon that I noticed something strange about Chandler's walk. He was favoring ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Instrumental Knowledge
    Ask and You Just Might Receive "Basic set" in one hospital may be "customized" in another. It just depends on where you are and what you are doing By Michelle Gardner Depending on the type of surgery being done, the number of instruments in a set can ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: First Line of Defense
    First Line of Defense: Cleaning Patient Rooms By Kathryn Dix In the hubbub of modern medical technology, it's easy to forget the basics. Sometimes we need a reminder not to ignore the first line of defense -- cleaning the patient's personal space. A telephone can carry up ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles
  • Infection Control Today - 07/2002: Success Story
    Sticking It to Us: Implementing Sharps-Injury Interventions By Jenae Schlipman, BSN, RN, MBA/HA The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (NSPA) was signed into law Nov. 6, 2000. This act guided the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to make revisions to ...More
    July 1, 2002 Posted in Articles