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Category: Hand Hygiene

What You Should Know about Hand Hygiene

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Author: L. Clifford McDonald Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The science is clear: clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections. Yet, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Read More >

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When it Comes to Hand Hygiene, What’s Really Important?

Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC

Author: Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC APIC Communications Committee Member A recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology comparing CDC’s three-step hand hygiene process using hand rubs with the WHO’s six-step process gained tremendous media attention and had the whole world (or so it seemed) talking about hand hygiene. The study found that Read More >

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Clean hands stop germs: Fostering dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals

Author: Laura Buford, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, Texas; APIC Communications Committee Chair Many patients or family members may not be sure what, if any, part they play in preventing infections. But there are many ways that they can help us reduce infections in and out of healthcare Read More >

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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemotherapy

Pamela Bryant, MS

Author: Pamela Bryant, MS Health Communications Specialist, CDC To do: Biopsy MRI Port-a-Cath Chemotherapy Genetic Testing Lumpectomy Radiation The above list is not exactly the type of to-do list I ever thought I’d be faced with. As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was Read More >

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Good Infection Prevention Habits Don’t Just Happen

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Guest Author – Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, CIC, FAAN Associate Dean for Research and Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research Columbia University School of Nursing Editor, American Journal of Infection Control Over the past few decades, especially since the ‘antibiotic era’ and the advent of increasingly technologic and sophisticated interventions, there has been less Read More >

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