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Cedric Steiner

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Let Airflow Show Pathogens the Door (or Window or Vent)

An integrated air management system requires proper engineering and not a pile-up approach of unproven products. One concern is that decision makers will fall into the nearsighted trap of selecting piecemeal products that require frequent maintenance.


Stephanie Mayoryk, MAS, BSN, RN, CIC

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Infection Prevention in Low-Resource Settings: 
Two Infection Preventionists Consult in East Africa

Infection preventionists Heather Saunders and Stephanie Mayoryk's journey to East Africa emphasizes the positive impact of infection prevention efforts in low-income countries. Despite challenges, their experience encourages IPs to engage globally, fostering hope and passion for providing excellent patient care.


Markus Meyer, PhD

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A Spectroscopic Solution for Strain Typing and Discrimination

Infrared (IR) spectroscopy demonstrates promise for rapid strain typing of yeast and bacteria, which could help improve proactive infection control strategies in health care settings.


Katharine J. Hoffman, MPH, CIC
Katharine J. Hoffman, MPH, CIC

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Health at Risk: The Impact of Antimicrobial Resistance From a Global to Local Health Perspective

Discover the critical role infection preventionists play in combating multidrug-resistant organisms, from the impact on patient care to the challenges of treatment, and the evolving landscape of antimicrobial resistance with Katharine J Hoffman, MPH, CIC.


Maureen Spencer, RN, MEd, CIC, FAPIC
Maureen Spencer, RN, M.Ed., CIC, FAPIC

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Ultrasound in Percutaneous Procedures: One Size Does Not Fit All for Reprocessing

Accurate device information and proper sterilization or disinfection are crucial to ensure safety during ultrasound procedures.


Linda Lybert

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Surface Disinfection Incompatibility Does Not Support Effective Cleaning and Disinfection

The surface material and product damage caused by new advances in disinfection technology must be addressed for patient safety.


Joshua Fitch

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CDC Advises on Limited Nirsevimab Supply and RSV Protection Options

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is advising providers to prioritize 100 mg doses of nirsevimab, a monoclonal antibody FDA-approved to prevent respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), for infants at the highest risk of severe RSV disease.


ALISON GALDYS, MD

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Focus on 4 Foundations of Patient Safety

Health care-associated infection-reducing initiatives are vital to keeping patients safe.


Maya Gossman, RN

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How This Vascular Access Nurse Relies on an Infection Preventionist

Although both vascular access and infection prevention have their own focus, our commonality is in ensuring patients get the care they need while minimizing their chances of nosocomial infections.


Emma Waymire, MPH, CIC

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Infection Prevention Is Key in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The smallest hospital patients need extra care to be protected from infectious disease. This article series examines the NICU from both a physician and infection preventionist perspective.


Sara M. Reese, PhD, MPH, CIC, FAPIC

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The Shifting Responsibilities of Infection Preventionists

The role of infection preventionists (IPs) has evolved significantly over 75 years, from early surveillance of nosocomial infections to becoming data-driven experts navigating pandemics like COVID-19.


John Kimsey

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How to Successfully Plan for Space, Equipment, Staff, and Workflows in Sterile Processing Departments

A well-organized SPD not only keeps the surgical schedule on track but also minimizes backlogs and ensures the timely removal of bioburden—a crucial factor in preventing infections. To achieve this level of efficiency, attention to 5 pivotal areas is essential.


Brenna Doran, PhD, MA, ACC, CIC

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Dear Helpdesk: Rejoining Acute Care Leadership Refreshed and Ready

Dear Helpdesk gives advice to an Infection preventionist preparing for a new leadership role after a year of part-time consulting.


Tracy Field, RN, WCC, LALD, LTC-CIP

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PPE Standardization Practices and Key Takeaways

Experts in infection prevention review PPE standardization practices and Heather Saunders, MPH, RN provides her key takeaways for other healthcare practitioners on best practices related to PPE.


Meredith Rippy, BS

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Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics Must Monitor Fomites as Part of IPC Protocols

Thorough cleaning and disinfection reduce the role fomites play in the spread of disease.


Monica Gandhi, MD, MPH

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When Should Universal Masking in Health Care Settings for COVID-19 Be Discontinued?

A comprehensive look at whether mask wearing is beneficial for both SARS-CoV-2 and other viruses spread by airborne particles and respiratory droplets.


Sophia Abene

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Measles Outbreak Control: CDC's Dynamic Modeling and Mass Vaccination Strategies

CDC's dynamic modeling and early mass vaccination effectively controlled a 2024 measles outbreak, highlighting the critical importance of vaccination and proactive public health measures.


Jody Feigel, RN, MSN

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During COVID, Telehealth Can Be an Infection Preventionist's Friend

A telework-ready infection preventionist is an IP who continues to support their facility if they also end up in quarantine. Teleworking like so many other aspects of nursing is something we just needed to jump into. No training, no guidebook, no manual.


Rock D. Jensen

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AHE Exchange Conference & Solution Center 2023 Review

Health care environmental professionals met in Dallas, Texas, from July 31 to August 2, 2023, at the AHE Exchange Conference & Solution Center. Infection Control Today® asked Rock Jensen, AHE advisory board chair and administrative director of support services for Yuma Regional Medical Center in Arizona, about AHE’s areas of emphasis for leadership in environmental services (EVS).


Lisa Hewett, RN

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Rockingham County Rehabilitation Center's Infection Control Fair: An Engaging Approach to Education and Reinforcement

At the Rockingham County Rehabilitation Center's Infection Control Fair, innovative and interactive approaches, including demonstrations, quizzes, and engaging activities, significantly promoted infection prevention education, making learning a fun and informative experience.


Karen M. Jones, MPH, RN, CIC, FAPIC,

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Considerations for Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase (ESBL)-Producers in Nursing Homes

Information for infection preventionists to manage ESBL-producers even while fighting against COVID-19.



Deborah Gardner, LPN, OPAC

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How To Perform Surgical Hand Scrubs

How to perform surgical hand scrubs.


Morgan Waddell

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First Responders Tackle Infection Control and Prevention Challenges

How did first responders and firefighters navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath? Two firefighters/EMTs describe what that time was like for them.


Ellen Anderson-Manz, RN, BSN

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How To Perform Surgical Hand Scrubs

How to perform surgical hand scrubs.


Kenneth Maxik, MBA, MBB

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Pharmacists Have Delivered During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Getting to know community pharmacists—in fact developing a professional rapport with those pharmacists—should be on an infection preventionist’s to-do list.


Frank Meek, BCE, PHE, PCQI

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How To Help Prevent Stinging Pests in Your Facility

Medical facilities must consider stinging pests and the infections that they can cause when maintaining their grounds to protect their patients and staff.


Franklin Dexter, MD, PhD, FASA

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Bacterial Transmission in Anesthesia Work Areas Explains Surgical Site Infections

A recent study offers potential solutions to the frequent occurrence of surgical site infections, despite the sterile environment of surgical fields.


Kenneth Bender, PharmD, MA

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CDC Strategies Preventing Hospital-Onset C difficile Effectiveness Inconclusive in Testing

Hospitals using CDC prevention strategies had different incidences of hospital-associated Clostridioides difficile infection compared to those that didn't, but the reasons are not necessarily the strategies themselves.


Jenny Hayes, MSN, RN, CIC, CAIP, CASSPT

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A Road Map to Off-Site Sterilization

Off-site sterilization frees up hospital space for patient care, improving hospital return on investment. This article explains why and how to go about setting up the service.