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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – April 1, 2024

April 1, 2024

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  • IPs Urged to Join Healthcare Sustainability Movement

    In the aftermath of a pandemic that drove an astounding increase in single-use medical supplies, the inevitable reckoning and potential partnership between infection prevention and the healthcare environmental sustainability movement has accelerated. The search for common ground is at a critical inflection point.

  • Environmentalists Seek Common Ground with IPs

    Too often cast in conflict, environmental sustainability and infection prevention actually have many opportunities for cooperation to improve both missions, says Emily Mediate, MSc, MPP, director of climate and health in the United States for Health Care Without Harm, a global organization.

  • New Leaders in Infection Control

    The new leaders in two key roles for healthcare epidemiology and public health are Tania Bubb, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC, 2024 president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; and Mandy Cohen, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • PEP Clock Ticking After Sharps Injury

    Infection preventionists involved in post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for potential human immunodeficiency virus needlesticks should know the clock is ticking after injury follow-up begins. Such needlesticks certainly are a rare event, but the risk of seroconversion is not zero. A call to the National Clinician Consultation Center PEP line could be in order.

  • Nursing Union Condemns CDC Respiratory Changes

    National Nurses United condemned new COVID-19 recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shortens the isolation period for the public to as little as 24 hours if symptoms abate and the person is non-febrile.