Examining ball pits as a playground for pathogenic germs
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What's new at APIC
New IP recruitment video: Infection Preventionists Save Lives
APIC recently introduced a new recruitment video that can be used by anyone to introduce students, interns, staff, and administrators to the infection preventionist role.
We encourage you to share this in your organization and community and to let us know how you are using it to raise awareness about the role of the IP.
The video is available on our YouTube channel and also by clicking the link below:
A special thanks to the University of Maryland Medical Center IPC team for their invaluable assistance in the production and filming of this video!
Hoffmann takes the helm at APIC
Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, an infection preventionist (IP) with three decades of experience in the field will serve as the 2019 president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Hoffmann discussed some of the current issues and challenges facing IPs in the following interview with Hospital Infection Control & Prevention.
Hospital leadership is vital for IPC
Cynthia Barnard, PhD, MBA, MSJS, 2018 recipient of the APIC Healthcare Administrator Award and vice president of quality at Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, Chicago, wrote a guest column for AHA Today on the importance of leadership support for infection prevention and control programs. This initiative is part of APIC’s strategy to reach the C-suite with messages about the importance of infection preventionists and the value they provide to healthcare organizations. Read Dr. Barnard's article.
Esteemed editor of APIC’s scientific journal to retire
Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN, FAPIC, will retire as editor of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) effective December 31, 2019. Larson has served as editor of APIC’s peer-review journal since 1995.
American Journal of Infection Control—March 2019
- Knowledge, attitudes, and practices of bedside nursing staff regarding antibiotic stewardship: A cross-sectional study
- Observation of stethoscope sanitation practices in an emergency department setting
- Contemporary stethoscope cleaning practices: What we haven't learned in 150 years
- Elevating the standard of endoscope processing: Terminal sterilization of duodenoscopes using a hydrogen peroxide–ozone sterilizer
- The Safe Hands Study: Implementing aseptic techniques in the operating room: Facilitating mechanisms for contextual negotiation and collective action