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Category: Injection Safety

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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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Scott Fridkin, MD

Author: Dr. Scott Fridkin As part of last week’s Vital Signs release, CDC launched—for the first time—a web app with interactive data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas makes percent resistance data reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2011 to 2014 accessible in a customizable, Read More >

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Convinced They are Doing the Right Things…

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA In my last blog post, I discussed the differences between reality and perception when it comes to what safe injection/infection control practices are — and are not. So, how do we get every healthcare worker on the Read More >

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You Won’t Believe The Things I See. And Hear.

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pam Dembski-Hart, BS, MT, ASCP, CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA They greet me at the facility door with a handshake and a cheerful comment, “We’re pretty sure we’re OK!” And that’s when I cringe and prepare myself. Because many of them – even with the best of intentions Read More >

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