Q&A: COVID Experience Might Not Bolster Infection Control’s Standing, After All

June 23, 2020

Michael Millenson: “Infection preventionists are not exactly at the top of the hierarchy. Right? And medicine in hospitals is very hierarchical.”

Viewpoint: Despite Happy Talk, We’re Far From Out of the COVID Woods

June 22, 2020

COVID-19 cases in many states have risen and the false narrative is that this is because of increased testing. But the rise in cases far outstrips the rise in testing.

How Many? How Often? How Long? Proper Use of Disinfectant Wipes a Mystery

June 22, 2020

Disinfectant wipes became all the rage when coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) struck but a study in the works says there's a dearth of knowledge about just how they should be used.

How Healthcare Will Change After COVID-19

June 19, 2020

Jaan Sidorov, MD, the CEO of PA Clinical Network and the former medical director of Geisinger Health Plan talks about the many changes infection preventionists and other healthcare professionals will most likely face.

Q&A: States Need to Mandate That Infection Preventionists be Certified

June 19, 2020

Ann Marie Pettis, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC: “If indeed flu comes at the same time a second wave of COVID comes, that’s going to be difficult-unbelievably difficult because the symptoms obviously are somewhat similar. We’ll be trying to rule both of those things out. It will create more of a risk for a surge, and it will put more taxing on our PPE supplies.”

Infection Preventionists Prepare to Ride the Second Wave of COVID

June 17, 2020

Those of us in healthcare and infection prevention must focus on sustainable efforts to combat COVID-19. How do we maintain readiness and response without burnout? There’s no solid answer to this, but a big piece really goes into the establishment of plans and education. 

Mask Decontamination Endangers Healthcare Workers, Nurses’ Unions Charge

June 16, 2020

N95 decontamination must meet 3 criteria. It needs to: inactivate the pathogen, it can’t damage or degrade the N95 in any way, and it should not introduce an additional hazard to the healthcare worker.

New Method Needed to Determine Infection Preventionist Staffing Levels

June 15, 2020

The common method used to determine IP staffing-using a ratio of IPs to the number of beds or the number of patients-might not be the best way of determining just how many IPs an institution needs. 

June 2020 Bug of the Month

June 12, 2020

Bug of the Month helps educate readers about existing and emerging pathogens of clinical importance in healthcare facilities today.

How Nurses Adjust to the Trauma of Taking on COVID-19

June 11, 2020

The nurses in the study “grew psychologically” under the pressure of coping with COVID-19. They reevaluated their values, and found motivation by being grateful for the support they received from family, friends and colleagues.