Sharon Ward-Fore: "Rather than reusing gowns, consider bundling patient care activities to conserve gowns. Donning a gown that has already been used can be tricky, and a source of contamination to the user."
Small clusters of environmental transmission in gyms and other workout settings can tell us about potential risky environments in healthcare. Outpatient physical therapy for one.
Ideally, link nurses increase awareness of infection control issues and motivate colleagues to improve in that regard, keeping patients and themselves safer by limiting the spread of HAIs.
Infectoin preventionists's can bring their perspective and strengths to the antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program and offer ways to bring the work to the bedside and engage the partnerships that already exist to make AMS programs successful.
Although all patients require vigilant infection prevention measures and the goal should always be zero infections, the stakes are sometimes higher in the NICU, as infections there have higher potential for death.
Xenon lamps produce pulsed flashes of germicidal UV light at wavelengths from 200-315 nm, killing microbes on environmental surfaces.
As the threat from COVID-19 increases, so must the readiness of infection preventionists to respond.
Preparation for the impending epidemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus is of utmost importance. The first rule of infection prevention is that the infection preventionist (IP) does not become infected.
The CDC is more pessimistic than the WHO about containing the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Christina Tan, MD, MPH, state epidemiologist and assistant commissioner with the New Jersey Department of Health, discusses the current coronavirus outbreak and how infection prevention efforts can help curb its spread.