Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – April 1, 2023
April 1, 2023
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Gratitude, Kindness, and Joy: The Light Out of the Pandemic
With approximately 80% of counties in the United States reporting “low” COVID-19 transmission levels as this report was filed, the pandemic has slowed to a still point. Infection preventionists reflect on the damage done and the work that remains.
APIC Opening a Path for New IPs
The president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology usually is not tapped from a small community hospital. But Pat Jackson, RN, BSN, CIC, FAPIC, has no lack of experience nor expertise.
FDA Panel Greenlights RSV Vaccine for Elderly
With some concerns and caveats that put a strong emphasis on post-marketing surveillance, vaccine advisors for the Food and Drug Administration have greenlit two vaccines against respiratory syncytial virus infections in people aged 60 years and older.
Once Eradicated in the United States, Measles Comes Back
Undiagnosed hospital measles introductions are notoriously labor-intensive, making it necessary to track potential exposures to patients and healthcare workers and determine immune status as necessary.
Drug Diversion Increasing Risk of Patient Outbreaks
With experts warning drug diversion by healthcare workers has increased during the pandemic, infection preventionists should welcome the news that the medical tech who caused hepatitis C outbreaks in hospitals in eight states remains in a Florida prison.