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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – December 1, 2023

December 1, 2023

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  • CDC Draft Revamps Airborne Precautions, Calls for N95s

    New draft patient isolation guidelines recently approved by advisors to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call for scrapping the “outdated dichotomy” of droplet/airborne precautions in favor of a “continuum” approach to stop transmission through the air.

  • Healing HCWs — Including IPs — Is a National Priority for CDC, NIOSH

    Burnout among all stripes of healthcare workers — including infection preventionists — has become a dire situation warranting national action. Accordingly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have released new research and emphasized available resources to raise awareness for an ambitious “system change” in healthcare delivery.

  • Welcome to the Briar Patch: Ethics of Antibiotic Stewardship

    Applying ethical concepts to infection control and infectious disease issues, helps infection preventionists and infectious disease physicians reframe problems and develop “moral resilience” to make tough choices, said Olivia Kates, MD, MA, an infectious disease professor and director of research ethics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

  • APIC Continues Fight, Urging CMS to Upgrade ICP in Nursing Homes

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology continues to vigorously argue that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs to significantly upgrade infection control in nursing homes.

  • APIC, SHEA Say Mandate COVID Shots for HCWs

    Although the federal requirement that healthcare workers be vaccinated against COVID-19 has been lifted, a statement signed by the nation’s leading infection control groups and various other associations emphasizes the importance of mandatory vaccination by individual hospitals.