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Clean hands stop germs: Fostering dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals

Author: Laura Buford, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, Texas; APIC Communications Committee Chair Many patients or family members may not be sure what, if any, part they play in preventing infections. But there are many ways that they can help us reduce infections in and out of healthcare Read More >

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Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria convene for inaugural meeting

Members with HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, at the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Sept. 29 in D.C. Photo credit: Ellen Wan.

The recently-appointed members of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria convened in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for its first public meeting. The Advisory Council—which includes Dr. Beth Bell, Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at CDC, as a non-voting member—is comprised of human and animal health Read More >

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Prevention Research: Helping Hospitals Stop Spread of Bacteria, Protecting Patients and Staff

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Author: John Jernigan, MD Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. Unfortunately, these infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More >

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A Nurse’s Personal Story of Sepsis and a Healthcare-associated Infection

Sherrie Dornberger

Guest Author: Sherrie Dornberger RN, GDCN, CADDCT, CDP, CDONA, FACDONA Executive Director, National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care (NADONA) As a professional nurse turned patient, I have personally experienced the turmoil caused by poor healthcare delivery. I became a victim to a healthcare-associated infection (HAI), amongst other medical issues, while Read More >

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Incorporating Antibiotic Stewardship into the Care of Residents in Nursing Homes

Richard L. Gelula, MSW

Guest Author: Richard Gelula, MSW Executive Director, The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Among the most important responsibilities in caring for people in nursing homes and other long-term care settings is taking the time to learn what the person or resident wants and needs. This requires sufficient numbers of staff and also people Read More >

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