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.
Infection control link nurses provide just that—a link—between infection preventionists and other hospital departments.
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.
Infection control specialists need to know how to successfully design and implement an effective infection prevention program.
Nurses think they should play a professional role in antimicrobial stewardship (AS) programs, but a culture of safety at hospitals that focuses on other kinds of providers often hinders nurse involvement.
“These estimates are reassuring,” says Brendan Flannery, PhD, the CDC’s investigator for the US Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Network.