Weekly Rounds with Infection Control Today: APIC’s Mission, Surge Teams, Silent Pandemic

Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today®’s highlights for the week ending July 9.

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.

APIC Tapped to Help Spread Infection Prevention Message

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology received a grant under the CDC’s Project Firstline program to bolster IP educational opportunities.

White House to Send ‘Surge Teams’ to COVID-19 Hotspots

Federal health professionals will be sent to counties where vaccinations rates are lowest, and Delta variant infections are highest.

Masks: More Use Equals Better Comfort Level

Two obstacles that inhibit the use of face masks among health care professionals include concern about how’ll they’ll affect communication, and perceived discomfort. Attitudes improve greatly with use.

Chlorhexidine Gluconate-Incised Surgical Drapes Seem More Effective

The makeup and application of surgical drapes hasn’t significantly changed in 50 years, a study states. Time for a new look?

Gathering Storm: Future Without Antibiotics Is Coming at UsHeather Saunders MPH, RN, CIC: “I think [infection preventionists] really need to be aware of what the efforts are at their state health departments and how they can collaborate with those efforts. IPs need to also have their own surveillance systems in place. They need to know what they’re looking for.”