What’s New at APIC

APIC CEO Katrina Crist steps down

Arlington, Va., April 15, 2020 — The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced today that Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE, will be stepping down as CEO in July to relocate and join her husband already in the Western Mountain States. She plans to pursue new opportunities in the area.
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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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More Recent Announcements



Prevention Strategist—Summer 2020



  • 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



  • 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


U.S. District Court Blocks Sale of Bleach to Cure COVID-19

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FDA Warnings for Fraudulent COVID-19 Products

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FDA Alert: Inaccuracy from BD COVID Test Reagent

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