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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – August 1, 2019

August 1, 2019

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  • Meeting the Challenge of Sterilizing Duodenoscopes

    Infection preventionists and central sterile supply technicians must work together to protect patients from duodenoscopes that could remain contaminated after reprocessing. That is the take-home message from a comprehensive program that shows it can be done.

  • FDA: Hospitals Could Face Shortages of Sterile Supplies

    The emission of ethylene oxide from sterilization facilities into surrounding communities has raised cancer concerns, warnings, and closures that threaten the critical flow of sterile supplies in healthcare, the FDA reports. Infection preventionists should keep communication channels open with central sterile supply and other key colleagues to ensure spot shortages of equipment do not pose a threat to patient safety.

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  • FDA Alert: Fatal Infection Following Fecal Transplant

    Multidrug-resistant organisms are infecting new patients via transplantation, putting recipients at risk of infections and threatening to spur larger hospital outbreaks. Two recently reported incidents underscore the threat, with one described in an alert by the FDA about fecal microbiota transplantation to treat Clostridioides difficile infections.

  • Infection Prevention: The Past Is Prelude

    Looking to the past and the present, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) President Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, recently gave a keynote address in Philadelphia at the annual APIC conference. Hoffman also is an infection prevention consultant for the Survey and Certification Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and a clinical instructor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

  • Surgeons’ Negative Attitudes Can Lead to Higher Infection Rates

    “Surgeons who model unprofessional behaviors may help to undermine a culture of safety, threaten teamwork, and thereby increase risk for medical errors and surgical complications," according to authors of a recent study.

  • CDC Drops Routine Annual Tuberculosis Testing of Healthcare Workers

    The agency is dropping routine screening in favor of testing on hire, and after TB exposure or ongoing transmission. In updating 2005 TB guidelines, the CDC screening change was expected as the disease continues to decline nationally and healthcare workers appear to be at no greater risk of transmission than the general public.