Weekly Rounds: Interviews With Ambassador Birx, Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination, and More

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending August 19.

Here are 5 highlights from ICT®’s wide-ranging coverage of the infection prevention and control world. Everything from interviews with known opinion leaders, to the news that infection preventionists and other health care professionals can use on their jobs.

Monkeypox: Birx Says We Are Not Ready for a New Pandemic

Ambassador Deborah Birx, MD, told Infection Control Today® exclusively, “Every mistake that we made with COVID-19 in January and February of 2020, repeated in real time with monkeypox.”

Viewpoint: We Cannot Afford to Surrender to COVID-19 Now

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed recommendations which neither control or prevent a rapidly evolving and disabling disease, COVID-19. However, we must maintain effective efforts to control spread of the virus.

Effective Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination Requires Education and Accountability

Using an ultrasound transducer may look easy, but it is a highly specialized skill, and to use a transducer requires education, accountability, and competency checks to occur regularly.

The Best Way to Start an IP Role Is With The Joint Commission: One IP's Experience

The first day as an infection preventionist can be nerve wracking, but what happens when The Joint Commission is there the same day?

Birx: Every New Infection, Loss Should be Considered a Failure of US Medical Infrastructure

Ambassador Deborah Birx said in an exclusive interview with ICT® that there are “extraordinary structural barriers in the US to access” medical care. Individuals may have insurance, but they cannot access care.