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Category: HICPAC

New guidelines to prevent catheter-related infections

Guest Author – Naomi O’Grady, MD National Institutes of Health Medical Director, Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services. Recently, hospital-acquired infections have become an important benchmark of hospital quality and patient safety. Many hospitals are now being required to report patient safety data, and some of this data includes infection rates. I am Read More >

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Media Reports about Drug-Resistant Infections

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion You probably have seen the media reports this week about drug-resistant infections in California healthcare facilities, specifically those in Los Angeles County. What we know, however, is that carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) actually exists in at least 36 states. Originally identified in 1999, CRKP Read More >

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Implementation Science + the Infection Preventionist = Safe Healthcare

Author – Russ Olmsted, MPH, CIC 2011 APIC President Infection preventionists (IPs) are subject matter experts on the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). IPs track the scientific literature related to HAI prevention, and then watch that evidence as it is distilled into recommendations by CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. But what is being Read More >

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HICPAC’s Impact – Reflections on Key Decisions and Future Direction

— PJ Brennan, M.D. Chief Medical Officer Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Pennsylvania Health System Chair of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) At my first meeting of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) in October of 2003, the Committee heard reports on guidelines in development for Sterilization and Disinfection Read More >

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HICPAC – Taking the Lead on Safe Healthcare Practices

— Jeffrey C. Hageman, M.H.S. CDC Epidemiologist and Executive Secretary of HICPAC CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Each morning when I review news headlines about the latest medical research identifying a new cure or danger, questions pop into my head. Was the research study designed correctly? Was the information collected accurately? Does this new Read More >

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