Weekly Rounds: SPD Staffing Crisis, Inside Track: Hand Hygiene, and More

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Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today®’s highlights for the week ending April 30, 2023.

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.

Hospital Safety Climate and Organizational Characteristics Predict HAIs and Occupational Health Outcomes According to Study

Findings provide the first published evidence of the relationship between standard precaution adherence and the safety of health care workers and patients.

Preventing Increases in HAIs and Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A study published in AJIC describes how one health care system implanted an initiative by their IPs to prevent the health care-acquired infections when COVID-19 loomed over their work.


Inside Track With Infection Control Today: Hand Hygiene

Welcome to the Inside Track with Infection Control Today video series, an ongoing series of informational and how-to videos on infection control and prevention topics. This video is about hand washing (soap and water) and hand rubbing (alcohol-based hand rub).

Carbapenem-Resistant Infections: How Do Genetic Elements Affect Transmission?

In the infections the investigators examined, about 60% of the bacteria that cause these infections did have a carbapenemase gene. Did they find a mortality difference in those infections which did and didn’t?

Curing the Sterile Processing Department Staffing Crisis

What are the issues if sterile processing departments (SPDs) can't hire more qualified personnel?

Hot Topics in IPC: STI Antibiotic Plans, Marburg, COVID-19, and Medicine's Rat Problem

Saskia v. Popescu, PhD, MPH, MA, CIC, gives the latest on COVID-19, Marburg Virus Disease, and a 1-hit STI antibiotic plan.