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.”

Emergency Departments Now the Quiet Eye of the COVID Hurricane

June 26, 2020

While the rest of the hospital bustles with energy as healthcare workers fight COVID-19, emergency departments have been oddly quiet because of the drop in elective surgeries.

Nasty ‘Maskne’: Ways Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19 Can Deal With It

June 25, 2020

Healthcare workers are particularly susceptible to maskne because they tend to wear their masks for extended periods.

Strong Hand Hygiene Culture Trumps Monitoring Devices

June 24, 2020

Hand hygiene monitoring devices and systems only work within the confines of a strong hand hygiene culture, a new study says.