Infection Control Today, November 2022, (Vol. 26, No. 9)

Nurses and Infection Preventionists: An Integral Partnership

October 27, 2022

Infection preventionists and perioperative nurses should collaborate to track and share infection rate data and participate in interdisciplinary workgroups to emphasize patient safety amid burnout and staffing and supply shortages.

The 3 C’s: Collaboration

October 26, 2022

"Although we have numerous strategies for improving prevention and control in our facilities," Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, in her third and final of 3 series on the 3'Cs of how to be a successful IP. "All too often these strategies fall short of succeeding." Why? Lack of collaboration. Read on to see how IPs can use the 3 C's to be more successful IPs.

Sepsis: Earlier Detection With New Clinical Surveillance Tool

September 30, 2022

A sepsis diagnosis is expensive and deadly, and early detection and treatment are key to saving lives. However, sepsis is not always easy to diagnose early, so a new advanced analytics surveillance tool can increase the chances of an improved outcome.

Transforming a Pandemic Response Unit From an Inpatient Nursing Unit

September 15, 2022

With COVID-19 beginning to surge, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center needed to create a response unit from what had been an inpatient nursing unit. A recent study explains how this conversion was effective and can stand as an example for other facilities.

Immunity Lessons From COVID-19: Natural Infection vs Vaccination

September 13, 2022

Investigators have learned invaluable lessons from 2 and a half years of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on human immunity. Is natural infection better for long-term protection against COVID-19 or is vaccination? What does the data say?

Boots on the Ground, or These Boots Are Made for Walking? Some LTC Staff Choose the Latter

September 07, 2022

Long-term care facilities were once normally happier places, but COVID-19 changed the individuals working and living there. PPEs, testing, overwork, underpayment, and too many isolations have chased health care workers away and forced the facilities' population to plummet. Can anything be done?