Q&A: How Direct to Business Coverage Can Help Infection Care

September 18, 2020

Brent James, MD: “If you had an inpatient who developed an inpatient infection, it was like he got a console from ID in about three or four seconds. You just called up the program. You had to tell it the sites of infection you’re interested in, but then it did an epidemiologic evaluation of that patient.”

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…”

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….”

Q&A: Infection Preventionists Might Become Vaccine Cops

September 09, 2020

Jason Tetro: “There are going to be COVID-19 waves every year. What we hope is that that vaccine is going to be able to help us to be able to have that protection whenever those waves are hitting us.”

10 Crucial Things IPs Need to Keep in Mind to Battle COVID-19

September 08, 2020

J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH: “I think the role of the infection preventionist has always been of the most critical importance. Every time we have an outbreak or, now, a pandemic, it highlights that further.”

Q&A: IPs Need to Get More Involved in Endoscope Disinfection

September 03, 2020

Melinda Benedict, MS, CIC, CFER: “I think for infection preventions: If you’re not already involved in your endoscopy department or you haven’t been invited in, see if you can get in and just continue to check it out and see what’s going on, especially if the reprocessing and cleaning of the scope is actually done within that clinic.”