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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

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  • IPs at a Crossroads: Change Is Coming in Pandemic Aftermath

    Will an aging and potentially burned-out workforce be able to retain and recruit infection preventionists (IPs), capitalizing on the value they have demonstrated during the COVID-19 pandemic? The larger question is if IPs can go beyond the hospital, bringing their expertise into many vulnerable areas exposed by the pandemic.

  • CDC: Vaccinated Healthcare Workers Can Take Breaks Together Without Masks

    Many healthcare workers suffering personal protective equipment fatigue, burnout, and some level of exhaustion may welcome new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that fully vaccinated staff can gather maskless in break rooms and dining areas to converse and eat.

  • OSHA COVID-19 Standard Under Review

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed a proposed emergency temporary standard to protect healthcare workers and other employees from SARS-CoV-2 occupational infections. The standard is under further government review, and the specific regulatory requirements have not been revealed in any detail.

  • Clusters of Post-Vaccine Anxiety and Fainting

    Mass vaccination sites in five different states reported clusters of people stricken with anxiety and fainting after receiving the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine April 7-9, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports

  • In a Time of Sea Change, Devin Jopp Takes APIC Helm

    With more than two decades of leadership experience working with non-profits and healthcare associations, Devin Jopp becomes CEO of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.

  • NIOSH, FDA Cracking Down on N95s

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has revoked the public health emergency approval of an N95 respirator manufacturer after sample products failed filtering tests, according to a recent agency announcement.

  • U.S. COVID-19 Deaths Higher than Reported

    With many COVID-19 deaths unreported in the United States, researchers estimate that the actual death toll of the pandemic is closer to 1 million than the 574,043 reported from March 1, 2020, to May 3, 2021.