Q&A: Nearly All Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19 Need N95s

July 14, 2020 11:06am

Harry Peled, MD: “I think for administrators and infection control people, the attitude has to be there is enough evidence that the wearing of N95s should be official. The claim that we’re going to wait for perfect evidence is just not tenable. We don’t do that for anything else in medicine.”

Healthcare Workers Stricken by COVID Fight for Compensation Benefits

By Frank Diamond

Join or Die: How COVID-19 Forces More Healthcare Consolidation

By Frank Diamond

Skilled Nursing Facilities Remain Vulnerable to COVID-19

By Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC

EPA Greenlights Lysol Disinfectant Spray to Combat COVID-19

By Alexandra Ward

Q&A: Infection Prevention Shouldn’t Be a Hit-or-Miss Thing

July 07, 2020

Sharon Ward-Fore, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC, says that non-healthcare companies need a lot of help following infection prevention and control guidelines. They may call on infection preventionists for that help.

Q&A: Pool Testing Needed to Slow COVID-19’s Advance

July 06, 2020

Kevin Kavanagh, MD, the founder of the patient advocaty group Health Watch USAsm, has been sounding the alarm about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from the beginning. He tells Infection Control Today® that it might be time for pool or community testing.

Q&A: Is There an Infection Preventionist in the House?

July 02, 2020

Infection preventionists and their skills will be in high demand in coming years in non-healthcare settings.

APIC President Connie Steed Talks About What COVID Has Wrought

July 01, 2020

Connie Steed, MSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC: “Our goal at APIC, which is the goal of all IPs, is to have healthcare without infection. That’s an arduous task, but that is our vision and goal. And the infection preventionists’ role will help drive that vision.”

Low-Risk Exposures to COVID-19 Can Sometimes Pack Deadly Punch

July 01, 2020

It’s when infection preventionists leave the hospital or go to get a coffee in the cafeteria, that behaviors can become lax. We opt to take breaks from masking, exhausted from it all.

Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Issued

June 30, 2020

The FDA issues guidance on just how pharmaceutical companies should go about the manufacture of a COVID-19 vaccine.

N95s Should Be Standard Use for All Inpatient COVID Care, Say Investigators

June 30, 2020

Investigators argue in the Annals of Internal Medicine that all healthcare workers in inpatient settings caring for COVID-19 patients should be equipped with N95s.

Q&A: Preparation Paid Off When COVID-19 Struck

June 29, 2020

Fibi Attia, MD, the infection prevention coordinator at Penn State Milton S. Hersey Medical Center, says that the main challenge for infection preventionists in the COVID-19 pandemic is not knowing who might be carrying the disease.

Attitude, Perception of Hospital Staff Hinders Cleaning of Pediatric Wards

June 29, 2020

Sometimes the surfaces that are deemed easiest to keep clean in a hospital pediatric ward wind up being the most contaminated after cleaning. Preconceived notions may play a part.

Q&A: Hospital Airflow Plays a Crucial Role in Infection Prevention

June 26, 2020

Stephanie Taylor, MD: “In general, airflow has been managed by the engineers, by the architects, by the facility managers, and not so much by the clinicians. There is a lot you can do in indoor air management to decrease transmission of infections.”