Infection Control Today, September 2020 (Vol. 24 No. 06)

Bug of the Month: I’m Downright Nasty And Clever to Boot

August 10, 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has made hand hygiene all the rage. That’s too bad. Because hand hygiene doesn’t only help to slow the spread of COVID-19, but a slew of other dirty bugs, as well.

During COVID, Telehealth Can Be an Infection Preventionist's Friend

August 03, 2020

A telework-ready infection preventionist is an IP who continues to support their facility if they also end up in quarantine. Teleworking like so many other aspects of nursing is something we just needed to jump into. No training, no guidebook, no manual.

Continuously Active Disinfectants Can Keep COVID at Bay

July 31, 2020

Charles P. Gerba, PhD: “Unfortunately, standard procedures for testing and registration by regulatory agencies of CADs (continuously active sanitizers or disinfectants) as disinfectants useful in preventing exposure to disease causing microorganism transmission has only taken place in recent years.”

HAIs Didn’t Go Away When COVID-19 Came Along

July 28, 2020

As the pandemic seems not to abate, patients will start to present to the hospital after delaying crucial primary and preventive care visits, meaning sicker non–COVID-19 infected patients, with the potential for increased CLABSI and CAUTI rates.

Q&A: COVID Presents Unique Challenges to NICUs

July 23, 2020

Jenny Hayes, MSN, RN, CIC: “Asking the patient to wear a mask, which is something that we do in our facility, can be challenging at that point, especially as labor progresses, and you’re to the point of pushing. That right there offers a set of unique challenges for both the patient and the staff in the room.”