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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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“You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop.” Kent Hospital Renews Vigilance on Injection Safety Rules

Guest Author – Peter Graves, MD Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine Academic Faculty, Kent Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program Kent Hospital Warwick, RI One of the great “truisms” of Life is that we often don’t know—what we don’t know. In other words, we can’t imagine the scope of a problem if we are under the Read More >

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