Weekly Rounds: Sepsis Surveillance Tool, Monitoring Fomites, and More

Infection Control Today, Volume 26, Issue 8

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today’s highlights for the week ending September 30.

Here are 5 highlights from Infection Control Today's (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.

Sepsis: Earlier Detection With New Clinical Surveillance Tool

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.

How to Obtain Better Hand Hygiene Adherence: Ideas From Health Care Workers on the Floor

Many studies have been done on how to increase hand hygiene adherence. However, ICT® decided to go to the source and ask the health care workers themselves why they do not always follow hand hygiene.

Inpatient and Outpatient Clinics Must Monitor Fomites as Part of IPC Protocols

Thorough cleaning and disinfection reduce the role fomites play in the spread of disease.

Investment in Environmental Services Saves Money and Lives, Boosts Morale: An Example From Geneva

Environmental services teams (EVS) are crucial players in ensuring patient satisfaction and combating health care–associated infections, yet, too many EVS teams are invisible. They deserve recognition, and this article by environmental hygiene experts explains why and how to give appreciation effectively.

The 3 C’s: Communication

How infection preventionists communicate with those individuals with whom they interact is a tightrope of how to do it well and effectively. Read this article from readers' favorite, Heather Saunders, MPH, RN, CIC, to find out how to not fall off that tightrope in her second of 3 series on the 3'Cs of how to be a successful IP.