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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention



  • Long COVID: The Winding Road Back

    Clinical experts working with healthcare professionals who have acquired long COVID say it can be a hard road returning to work, but rehabilitation models used for other chronic conditions are proving helpful.

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Protects Mothers, Newborns

    COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy issues have been clouded by misinformation, leading women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to decline immunization. The accumulating evidence strongly suggests vaccination safeguards pregnant women against severe infection and also confers protective immunity to the newborn baby.

  • White House Targets Long COVID with Major Interagency Initiative

    The Biden administration has launched a major initiative to better understand and treat long COVID, which manifests as brain fog, fatigue, and a panoply of other lingering symptoms in those with SARS-CoV-2.

  • OSHA Finalizing COVID-19 Rule in Healthcare Settings

    Under the CDC's current guidance for healthcare workers, many requirements for those workers are triggered based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19. Such an approach would create the flexibility many have been calling for, which have come with the warning that requirements set in regulatory stone could quickly be outdated by the changing nature of the pandemic.

  • FDA Struggles to Find Way Forward on COVID-19 Vaccine

    Vaccine advisors to the Food and Drug Administration face a tight timeline and a host of unknowns as they try to prepare for an expected winter surge of COVID-19, all the while acknowledging that any plan forward could be dashed by the emergence of a new variant of the pandemic virus.

  • Project Firstline: Teaching the ‘Why’ of Infection Prevention

    In paring down its isolation guidelines, the CDC is moving in step with its Project Firstline initiative an ambitious effort to teach all healthcare workers the basics of infection prevention.

  • CDC Revising Isolation Guidelines; Revisiting Airborne, Droplet Spread

    Infection prevention leaders welcomed the CDC's plan to revise its 2007 patient isolation guideline, which will include dropping the current 206-page “textbook” approach for a leaner, more user-friendly document that healthcare workers can easily access and understand.

  • OSHA Announces COVID Inspections in Hospitals, SNFs

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced a temporary increase in “focused” inspections of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities that treat or handle COVID-19 patients.

  • APIC Research Agenda Includes Race and HAIs

    With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic exposing widespread inequities and deep-set systemic racism in healthcare, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology is planning research to address some of these critical issues, including one proposal to design a study to determine if patients of color or non-white ethnicity are at greater risk of acquiring healthcare-associated infections.

  • Your Brain on COVID: Damage Found in Two New Studies

    Dementia and other adverse effects on the brain are occurring in some COVID-19 survivors, an ominous finding for the millions infected even those with only mild symptoms, according to two new studies.