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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – January 1, 2024

January 1, 2024

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  • Comeback: IPs Rally to Cut Infections Post-Pandemic

    Infection preventionists and colleagues struggled against a global pandemic for more than two years in apparent futility, watching healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) increase despite their best efforts. Their perseverance paid off. HAIs fell in 2022 and signs look favorable thus far for 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

  • The Seeker: Infection Control Doctor Takes the Road Less Traveled

    Meet Leighann Parkes, MD, FRCPC, medical officer for infection prevention and control at McGill University in Montreal, who took a decidedly circuitous route to understanding and preventing infections.

  • Pandemic Raises Spectre of Bioterror

    The three-year viral storm of COVID-19 circling the globe and killing millions of people has left a lingering question: Has the wholesale disruption and devastation of SARS-CoV-2 made biological pathogens a more compelling and/or attainable goal by bioterrorists?

  • MRSA: Isolation and Contact Precautions Still Needed?

    The authors of a new study question the merits of isolation and contact precautions for patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

  • The IP Role in Sepsis

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued core elements for hospital sepsis programs, calling for a multidisciplinary team to prevent, detect, and treat these life-threatening systemic breakdowns.

  • Double Trouble: Vaccines Lag, Virulent Mpox Clade 1 Spreads

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released two health advisory alerts only a week apart, one dealing with the “urgent need” to vaccinate people for seasonal respiratory viruses; the second warning that a virulent type of mpox (monkeypox) virus is spreading in Africa.