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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

IIPW: Let’s create an infection prevention movement

Author – Katrina Crist, MBA CEO of APIC International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, asks all of us to imagine a safer world through infection prevention. Imagine a healthcare setting where everyone performs appropriate hand hygiene before and after providing patient care. Or a community where every individual uses proper respiratory Read More >

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A new perspective looking at healthcare-associated infections from the other side of the bed

Author – Brenda Helms, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, CIC In healthcare, we often think of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in terms of what they mean for our healthcare organization. As an infection preventionist, I know I did— until an HAI affected my family. I wonder: Do we really stop and think about the impact of HAIs on Read More >

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The Unexpected Infection Preventionist

Guest Author – Ann Marie Pettis, RN, BSN, CIC Director of Infection Prevention, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York Chair, APIC Communications Committee                                            I always wanted to be a nurse. You could say it was in my DNA because my grandmother and grandfather were both registered nurses, and my father was a navy Read More >

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Nurse Burnout and HAIs: A Solution to a Common Problem

Author – Jeannie P. Cimiotti, DNSc, RN Executive Director, NJ Collaborating Center for Nursing; Associate Professor, Rutgers University College of Nursing Job-related burnout has been well-documented among individuals who provide care to others.  The etiology of burnout points to chronic stress that results not only from the close interaction with people, but with the organizational Read More >

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Infection Prevention and Control’s Long and Winding Road

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 Read More >

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