What’s New at APIC

AJIC Editor Pat Stone to Serve on Nursing Home Commission

AJIC editor Patricia Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, has been appointed to the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes. The Commission will assess the response to COVID-19 within nursing homes and recommend efforts to safeguard this vulnerable population of Americans.
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5 Second Rule Show: Episode 9: “Behind the 5 Second Rule”

The questionable concept of the “5 Second Rule” is one we have all grown up with. You drop a food item on the floor that you really-really wanted and as a grade-schooler you were very likely to get ready to pick it up and put it in your mouth. Meanwhile your Mom is shouting “noooooo” from across the room. In this episode, we dive into the history behind this “rule” and if it really holds up.
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APIC President on the Public Health Impact of Racism

“The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) condemns all forms of racism. As the nation faces its worst health and economic crisis in generations, which disproportionately affects the Black community and all other communities of color, APIC joins our voice with others in speaking out against racism and the social injustices it creates.”
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APIC Publishes Implementation Guide on NV-HAP

To improve prevention efforts for one of the most common healthcare-associated infections in the U.S., (APIC) has published an Implementation Guide on Non-Ventilator Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia (NV-HAP). Published as a supplement to AJIC, the new guide reviews current literature, infection prevention strategies, and potential tools and techniques to guide surveillance, detection, and prevention efforts for NV-HAP across the continuum of care.
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Spotlight

Publications

Prevention Strategist—Summer 2020

05/28/2020

Highlights:

  • Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) timeline, December 31, 2019 – April 3, 2020
  • APIC’s ongoing COVID-19 response
  • Applying and using APIC’s Competency Model for the Infection Preventionist

American Journal of Infection Control—July 2020

06/24/2020

Highlights:

  • Adoption of electronic hand hygiene monitoring systems in New York state hospitals and the associated impact on hospital-acquired C. difficile infection rates
  • Surface sampling within a pediatric ward–how multiple factors affect cleaning efficacy
  • Revisiting the “leading edge” of hospital privacy curtains in the medical intensive care unit
  • Using bottleneck analysis to examine the implementation of standard precautions in hospitals
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of daily cleaning practices in an intensive care unit (ICU) setting using an adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay

Public Policy Updates

06/30/2020

CDC Pink Book Series

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06/29/2020

June 2020 NHSN eNewsletter Available

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06/29/2020

FDA Updates List of Authorized Ventilators under Umbrella EUA

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