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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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New Guide Developed to Help U.S. Hospitals Improve Antibiotic Use; A National Health Priority

Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

Authors: Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, and Ed Septimus, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, HCA. Drs. Srinivasan and Septimus are co-chairs of the National Quality Partners’ antibiotic stewardship action team, convened by the National Quality Forum. Today, CDC, in 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


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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Impact of Healthcare-Associated Infections in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings


Author: J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP-BC, PLNC, VA-BC™, CDONA, IP-BC, FACDONA Editor-in-Chief The Director: Journal of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care Master Trainer Post-acute care settings such as skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) cater to an Read More >

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