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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – August 1, 2010

August 1, 2010

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  • APIC: Checklist revolutionaries Gawande and Pronovost tell IPs their time is now

    Infection preventionists must seize an extraordinary moment in health care, when divergent forces are aligning to redesign a system that has failed to contain costs and protect the lives to which it has been entrusted, Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, said recently in New Orleans in the keynote address at the 37th annual educational conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
  • Passage from India: New Delhi strain hits U.S.

    Alarming public health officials, a highly drug-resistant gram negative bacterial strain that is emerging rapidly in hospitals in India has been detected in patients in three U.S. states.
  • Continuing CR-BSIs an 'accountability failure'

    Despite dramatic and widely reported breakthroughs in preventing bloodstream infections, the cold truth is that too many infection preventionists labor in obscurity, their programs woefully underfunded by administrators blind to the power of prevention.
  • Linking best practices, electronic surveillance

    Hospitals that adopt advanced computer technology to identify healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are more likely to have implemented best practices to prevent such infections, according to research presented recently in New Orleans at the annual conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
  • New blood: APIC seeks to embrace 'diverse views'

    In a discussion that goes well beyond the implied semantics of a simple name change, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) continues to try to define its "brand" in a rapidly changing marketplace.
  • News Briefs

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which erred on the side of caution and consternation for infection preventionists during the flu pandemic now concedes surgical masks are sufficient to protect health care workers against H1N1 influenza A. Draft guidelines for seasonal influenza downgrade the controversial recommendation to wear N95 respirators.