Infection Control Today, October 2020 (Vol. 24 No. 08)

Infection Preventionist Guide for Dealing With Flu and COVID-19

August 26, 2020

If you see something, say something. Let coworkers know when they may have breached infection control practices such as forgetting to wash their hands, not wearing PPE properly, or missed opportunities to clean a high-touch surfaces.

Infection Preventionists Need to Monitor PPE Use

August 27, 2020

Sharon Ward-Fore, MS, MT(ASCP), CIC: “Practices drift. You can become complacent and maybe your level of awareness has decreased…. So, infection preventionists need to be really aware of what’s happening in the areas they cover as far as PPE usage is concerned.”

Infection Preventionists Might be Needed in Schools

August 10, 2020

Infection preventionists are of utmost importance to work with school systems and provide the safest strategies and environmental modifications which can suppress the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Why a COVID-19 Vaccine Might Not Be the Answer We’re Hoping For

August 17, 2020

One example of a way that IPs can collaborate with other departments to implement a vaccination program is to work with occupational health and emergency response departments to have a mass vaccination drill.

Practicing Infection Prevention in Isolated Populations: How the Navajo Nation Took on COVID-19

August 17, 2020

Much of the care for the spread-out and isolated patient population is home care. The hospital has a 3-person HIV team and about 6 public health nurses who visit patients in their homes. They all speak Navajo. (COVID-19 is Diko Ntsaaígíí-Náhást’éíts’áadah.)