Categories: Healthcare-associated infections, Injection Safety, Outpatient Care
May 31st, 2012 9:40 am ET -
One & Only Campaign
Author – Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA
Prevention Team Leader for the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
You might be thinking, “Is a knowledge refresher on injection safety really needed? Providers all know how to give safe injections!” Sadly, this is not the case. We at CDC have seen outbreak after outbreak related to providers not following safe injection practice standards as outlined in CDC guidelines. We also see patient notifications that inform patients that they “may have been exposed – please be tested.” Failures in basic patient protections that we see include the reuse of syringes or needles; the reuse of single-dose/single-use vials; and mishandling of multi-dose/multi-use vials. With every outbreak or patient notification event that has occurred over the past 10 years, we have wondered how many other infections and exposures are slipping by, unnoticed.
The CDC and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition have released a safe injection toolkit geared specifically for busy medical practices. This free toolkit features a Power Point presentation with recorded audio, convenient for use during staff meetings, in-services, and other educational seminars. Other pieces include a no-cost Medscape CME activity, a safe injection practices training video, and a number of eye-catching posters to remind staff about the basics of injection safety.
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Categories: Antimicrobial Resistance
May 18th, 2012 5:52 am ET -
Anthony W. Chow MD, FRCPC, FACP
Author – Dr. Anthony W. Chow, MD.
University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital
Sinus infections cause inflammation of both the sinuses and nasal cavity. The infections can sometimes last for weeks and can be very uncomfortable. They are quite common – in fact, nearly one in seven adults are diagnosed with a sinus infection each year.
My coauthors and I developed the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)’s Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis in Children and Adults to help physicians make sense of how to best diagnose and treat rhinosinusitis.
Our goals for the guideline are to inform physicians regarding the appropriate diagnosis and management of rhinosinusitis and to reduce inappropriate and unnecessary use of antibiotics. Inappropriate use can cause harm by fostering antibiotic resistance, unnecessarily exposing patients to drug side effects and adding cost.
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Categories: Healthcare-associated infections
May 14th, 2012 9:50 am ET -
Michelle Farber, RN, CIC, APIC 2012 President
Guest Author – Michelle Farber, RN, CIC
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) 2012 President
If you asked healthcare professionals a decade ago to describe the role of the infection control practitioner, “hand washing cop” or “flu shot nurse” may have been the response. With changing reimbursement, quality measure incentives, and mandated reporting of healthcare-associated infections, a proactive, leadership role for these practitioners was essential. For this reason, APIC now uses the name infection preventionist (IP) to describe this shift in the professional role of these important healthcare professionals.
Until now, the profession lacked a standard definition of competency in the United States. There was no widely accepted way to assess IP knowledge or skills. Because IP skills are in high demand and the role is in transition, APIC developed a model of IP competency that could be applicable to all practice settings. The new APIC Competency Model for the Infection Preventionist appears in a white paper in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), in a special topic issue, “The Road to 2020.” Represented as a circular diagram, with patient safety in the center, it outlines the skills needed and areas of competency that will be especially critical in the next three to five years.
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