Traveling this summer? Pack more than just your clothes—Pack a vaccination!!
This month's consumer alert focuses on Hepatitis A, a viral infection that causes inflammation of the liver. It is usually a mild illness, but in some instances, it can cause severe liver damage. A person can get Hepatitis A by ingesting food or drink contaminated with fecal matter, or by coming in contact with an object that was contaminated with feces (stool) from a person who has Hepatitis A.
This month's consumer alert was developed by APIC Communications Committee member, Cindy Kohan, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC.
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The July issue of Hospital Infection Control and Prevention features news from APIC 2014 in Anaheim. APIC members are able to read the entire issue, courtesy of HIC.
Mark Kehrberg, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer of Ministry Health Care and Affinity Health System in Menasha, Wisconsin, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Healthcare Administrator Award, presented by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced six recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully reduced infection, raised awareness, and improved the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.
Virginia infection preventionist awarded highest honor for her dedication and contribution to the profession
Judith English, PhD, RN, CIC, of Falls Church, Virginia, will be honored with the prestigious 2014 Carole DeMille Achievement Award by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Anaheim, Calif., June 6, 2014 – A video emphasizing the importance of proper hand hygiene is the winner of the fourth annual Film Festival at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The winning video, created by Norton Healthcare and entitled, “Today, I Vow,” features healthcare professionals pledging to practice proper hand hygiene in all aspects of their day.
Anaheim, Calif., June 5, 2014 – Whether through the use of alcohol-containing caps or basic cleaning of the injection port of the central line, infection preventionists at three hospitals are finding successful ways to stop germs from entering central line catheters and causing bloodstream infections in patients.
A trio of abstracts, to be presented on June 7 at the 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), addresses the challenge of keeping bacteria from entering the bloodstream through a central line, a catheter placed in a large vein to deliver medicine and fluids during hospitalization.
Anaheim, Calif., June 4, 2014 – For every 15 healthcare providers who receive the influenza vaccination, one fewer person in the community will contract an influenza-like illness, according to a study using California public health data from 2009 – 2012.
Healthcare-associated vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE), methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (CD), and other multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) were decreased among patients after adding ultraviolet environmental disinfection (UVD) to the cleaning regimen, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The second imported case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the United States was reported on May 11 by the Florida Department of Health to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The first case of MERS-CoV infection in the U.S., identified in a traveler, was reported to the CDC by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) on May 1, 2014, and confirmed by CDC on May 2. The traveler is a healthcare provider currently working and residing in Saudi Arabia.
A urinary tract infection, also known as a UTI, occurs when bacteria or other germs enter the urinary tract. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that UTIs are the third most common healthcare-associated infection, accounting for more than 93,000 infections in hospitals alone. The May monthly alert for consumers will tell you how to reduce your risk of developing a catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).
Each year on 5 May, The World Health Organization (WHO) launches a call to action to implement and sustain hand hygiene improvement in healthcare settings worldwide. The theme of this year’s campaign is “No action today; no cure tomorrow – make sure the WHO 5 Moments are part of protecting your patients from resistant germs.”
Efforts to reduce and stop the spread of infections caused by a highly resistant organism, carbapenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, at a large Florida hospital proved ineffective until they added another weapon – weekly emails from the medical director of Infection Control to hospital leadership, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
Millions of websites offer health-related information. Some of the information is reliable and up to date, but some of it is just plain wrong or impossible to understand. How can you tell the good from the bad? The April monthly alert for consumers provides handy tips to help you find reliable health information on the web.
A new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that clinicians in some hospitals prescribe three times as many antibiotics than clinicians in other hospitals, although patients were receiving care in similar areas of each hospital. The report, which provides recommended steps for hospital CEOs, medical personnel and patients, also found that a 30 percent reduction in use of the antibiotics that most often cause deadly diarrheal infections with Clostridium difficile can reduce these infections by more than 25 percent in hospitals.
In response the new healthcare-associated infection prevalence data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, APIC has developed a consumer backgrounder focusing on pneumonia prevention. The new CDC report lists pneumonia as one of the most common healthcare-associated infections in hospitals.
Please read and share the top 9 ways to reduce the risk of pneumonia in the hospital.
BREAKING NEWS: CDC releases new healthcare-associated infection data on prevalence and state-specific prevention progress
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two new reports detailing progress made in preventing healthcare-associated infections and areas where additional intervention is necessary. The Multistate Point-Prevalence Survey of Health Care-Associated Infections, published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), updates national HAI prevalence data; the National and State Healthcare-associated Infection Progress Report reflects on state-specific progress in preventing HAIs.
One in five US health facilities doesn't put hand sanitizer everywhere needed to prevent infections, study from WHO and Columbia Nursing finds
Approximately one in five U.S. health facilities doesn't make alcohol-based hand sanitizer available at every point of care, missing a critical opportunity to prevent health care-associated infections, according to new research from Columbia University School of Nursing and the World Health Organization (WHO) published in the American Journal of Infection Control. The study, which examined compliance with WHO hand hygiene guidelines in the U.S., also found that only about half of the hospitals, ambulatory care, and long-term care facilities had set aside funds in their budgets for hand hygiene training.
U.S. hospital intensive care units (ICUs) show uneven compliance with infection prevention policies, according to a study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
If you have a loved one in a long-term care facility, this month’s consumer alert is a must-read. It focuses on how to be a good visitor at long-term care facility (also known as a nursing home).