To meet the needs of the ever-changing field of infection prevention, APIC, in partnership with Joint Commission Resources (JCR), has released The APIC/JCR Infection Prevention and Control Workbook, Third Edition. The APIC/JCR Workbook is designed to help infection preventionists (IPs) and their healthcare organizations implement evidence-based infection prevention and control (IPC) programs that can effectively reduce the risk of infection for patients, personnel, and visitors.
APIC today announced the recipient of the APIC Graduate Student Award (AGSA). An award of $5,000 was provided for a one-year period (January-December 2017). The recipient, Mary Jo Knobloch, MPH, received her degree from the University of Wisconsin (UW), School of Pharmacy, Social and Administrative Sciences, where she is pursuing her PhD.
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Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Because items in the patient’s room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room.
Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The findings of this study support the need for careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests to ensure that all endoscopes are free of damage and debris before they are high-level disinfected or sterilized and used on another patient.