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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Pressing Fast Forward on Patient Safety

Authors: Mary Hayden MD and William Trick MD, Joint Principal Investigators, Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals System For more than 20 years, our colleagues in Chicago and we have been working to combat antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings. These efforts have yielded several wins; Read More >

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Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities Part 2: How Our Legionella Experiences Shaped our Prevention Approaches

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Guest Author: John Letson, Vice President Plant Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has a 470 inpatient bed hospital, outpatient clinics, and research facility headquartered on the upper east side of Manhattan, with additional outpatient treatment centers in Brooklyn; Long Island; Westchester County, New York; and New Jersey. The Read More >

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Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities Part 1: This 5-Part Program Helped Us Maintain the Safest Environment for Our At-Risk Patients

John Letson

Guest Author: John Letson, Vice President Plant Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Since being discovered, Legionnaires’ disease continues to make vulnerable populations sick with severe pneumonia. This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on the continued rise of Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S., deficiencies in environmental control that have led to outbreaks, and how these Read More >

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Educational and Networking Opportunities About Infection Control at the 43rd APIC Conference

Debra Johnson, RN, BSN, CIC

Author: Debra Johnson, RN, BSN, CIC Infection preventionist with Stanford Healthcare and 2016 APIC Annual Conference Committee chair Thirty years ago I headed off to Las Vegas to attend my first APIC Annual Conference; it was amazing and I’ve been hooked ever since! This year is no different; I’ve got my online program planner open Read More >

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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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