WASHINGTON, DC-The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has two new State-of-the-Art Reports (SOARS). APIC creates SOARS when the topic is of importance for the education and guidance of APIC membership but lacks sufficient scientific basis for an APIC Guideline. The other criterion is the lack of other available documents that adequately address the needs of the APIC membership. The two SOARS are "The Role of Infection Control during Construction in Health Care Facilities" and "The Implications of Service Animals in Health Care Settings." APIC also issued an updated guideline for infection prevention and control in flexible endoscopy.
The 1997, 1998, and 1999 APIC Guidelines Committees contributed to both SOARS and the updated guideline. The documents can be read on the Internet at www.apic.org/html/resc/guidlist.html.