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Eli Lilly Neutralizing Antibodies: Breakthrough for COVID-19 Treatment?

September 17, 2020

Eli Lilly stated LY-CoV555 was “well tolerated” without the observation of any drug-related serious events. And that adverse events were similar to placebo. However, the exact incidence of milder drug reactions which could affect patient acceptance were not given.

Visiting Hours: Time to Re-evaluate Restrictions Caused by COVID

September 17, 2020

Most hospitals have implemented stringent visitor restrictions that don’t allow anyone to visit, even during end of life. While an understandable public health and infection prevention measure, it has generated some concern.

How This Vascular Access Nurse Relies on an Infection Preventionist

September 17, 2020

Although both vascular access and infection prevention have their own focus, our commonality is in ensuring patients get the care they need while minimizing their chances of nosocomial infections.

Taking Aim at Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria During COVID

September 16, 2020

Patients afflicted with COVID-19 have an increased susceptibility to antibiotic resistant infections both from prolonged hospitalizations and the use of immunocompromising agents such as dexamethasone.

Q&A: Infection Preventionists Should Head Back to School

September 16, 2020

Kevin Kavanagh, MD: “I think you’ll find that infection preventionists in this type of climate are just not healthcare employed personnel. They need to be everywhere. They need to be in business. They need to be in schools. And, of course, they need to be in our healthcare system. But it is crucial to be in schools…”

Expanding Size, Variety of Infection Prevention Team Pays Off

September 16, 2020

Diversifying roles and creating support staff benefits the team by increasing the productivity of the department and providing a deeper bench so that IPs can focus on broader activities requiring specific subject matter expertise.

UVC Light: Powerful Disinfectant, But Not Easy to Use

September 14, 2020

The effectiveness of UVC for reduction of microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, and fungi has been proven time and again. But using UVC radiation to disinfect is not simple and requires lots of protocols to use safely.

Spray-On Personal Protective Equipment in the Works

September 11, 2020

Peter Walter, PhD: “We think of AeroNabs as a molecular form of PPE that could serve as an important stopgap until vaccines provide a more permanent solution to COVID-19.”

Q&A: How Navajo Nation Dealt With COVID-19

September 11, 2020

Jonathan Iralu, MD: “We’ve dealt with small outbreaks, not a pandemic, but we were, in a sense, prepped to deal with the pandemic because we have had experience working with outbreaks…. We were used to collaborating with the state and the tribe on these other conditions. For COVID-19, we didn’t have to reinvent the wheel….”

Proactive Infection Control Decreases C. Diff Infection

September 10, 2020

The results of the study indicate that a closer working relationship between the antimicrobial stewardship program and the infection control team pays off in lower incidence of C. diff.