Infection Control Today, April 2021 (Vol. 25 No.3)

How One Long-Term Care Facility Held Off COVID-19

March 09, 2021

Difficulties in communicating with the elderly necessitate close speaking. These circumstances are a ripe atmosphere for spreading respiratory diseases. While residents were largely isolated from the broader population, their caretakers were not.

The STDs Infectious Disease Experts Hate Most

March 08, 2021

Even with effective screening, treatment, and education, STIs can be like movie villains who just won’t die, who change form, and who keep coming back to wreak havoc. They’re relentless, but so is science.

Beware Pitfalls of Reopening Too Quickly

February 25, 2021

As more people become vaccinated, we will be navigating the aspects of a partially vaccinated public. This will be especially challenging as we learn more about prevention of infection and not just severe disease.

Robots Disinfect Hospital Rooms with Ultra-Violet Light

February 17, 2021

In response to COVID-19, companies manufacture robots that would complement the cleaning and disinfection work done by environmental services teams in hospitals. Might the machines also one day take their jobs?

Intense Infection Control Stops C. Auris Spread

February 03, 2021

“Infection control measures, including surveillance, education, cleaning/disinfection, patient cohorting, isolation, and hand hygiene, effectively contained the outbreak; it was declared over within 2 months.”

Endoscope Cleaning: What Infection Preventionists Should Know

January 07, 2021

Linda Spaulding RN, BC, CIC, CHEC, CHOP: “Infection preventionists need to learn how to clean an endoscope, or at least observe the cleaning…. Infection preventionists need to make rounds, they need to talk to the person processing.”