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A Mother’s Account: “If We Had Known About Sepsis, We Would Have Looked for Sepsis”

Rory Staunton

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton Co-Founder of The Rory Staunton Foundation Our son Rory Staunton, 12 years old, died on Sunday, April 01, 2012 from undiagnosed sepsis. A few days earlier Rory fell playing basketball and scraped his arm. Rory began to feel ill just past midnight a day and a half after the fall. His Read More >

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Why So Many Foleys?

Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC Dignity Health Clinical Lead for CAUTI Prevention At Dignity Health, our goal is to reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent before 2015, and we are well on our way. We have introduced specific evidence-based practices and bedside intervention activities to Read More >

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Moving the Needle to Safe Dentistry

John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, MBA

Guest Author – John O’Keefe, BDentSc, MDentSc, MBA Board Chairman, Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Because safe injection and sharps management practices are central to dentistry, the One & Only Campaign resonates strongly in the dental care sector. That is why the Organization for Safety Asepsis & Prevention (OSAP), the dental sector’s premier Read More >

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Mind the “Learning Gap!”

Kim James, MS, FNP-BC

Guest Author: Kim James, MS, FNP-BC Director, Occupational Health, Brookdale University Medical Center When teaching about Safe Injection/Safe Needle Practices, I always like to determine the students’ knowledge base regarding these principles. I’m often surprised to find that what I take for granted as a “given” is anything but! This is one reason why, at Read More >

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Success in Controlling Outbreaks in an Intensive Care Unit Using CDC Toolkit Interventions

Kyle B. Enfield, MD

Guest Author: Kyle B. Enfield, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are on the rise globally. These infections have limited therapeutic options, and invasive infections due to CRE are associated with a mortality rate upwards of 40 percent. Read More >

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