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Making Dialysis Safer: Simple tools to protect patients from bloodstream infections

Author: Priti Patel, MD MPH Medical Officer CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion While undergoing dialysis, patients have a lot on their minds. The last thing they need to worry about is getting a bloodstream infection in the process. In the United States, more than 370,000 people receive long-term hemodialysis. Infection is a leading cause Read More >

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A Checklist for Dialysis

Guest Author – Gemma Downham, MPH Infection Prevention Epidemiologist, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center We have all heard about the heroic feat of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger when he performed an emergency landing of a passenger jet on the Hudson River in 2009. It was amazing that no lives were lost during that potentially disastrous situation. Checklists, 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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One and Done: Single-Dose/Single-Use Vials Are Meant for One Patient

Author: Michael Bell, MD, Associate Director for Infection Control at CDC′s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. CDC released a report today detailing two outbreaks that occurred when healthcare providers failed to follow basic injection safety elements of Standard Precautions.  These breaches resulted in life-threatening – yet completely preventable – infections in a number of patients Read More >

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