Hospitals whose infection prevention and control programs are led by a director who is board certified in infection prevention and control have significantly lower rates of MRSA bloodstream
infections than those that are not led by a certified professional, according to a new study published in the March issue of the
American Journal of Infection Control.
Labs, infection preventionists need to work together to facilitate rapid response to healthcare-associated infections, survey says
APIC and the American Society for Microbiology launch a joint educational program to strengthen collaboration, improve screening efforts, and maximize patent safety.
The CDC Vital Signs report shows that C. difficile is no longer just a hospital problem. According to the report, 75 percent of cases first appear in nursing homes or other places where care is delivered outside of hospitals. Prevention efforts must be coordinated across all care settings.
Norovirus, a pathogen that often causes food poisoning and gastroenteritis, was responsible for 18.2 percent of all infection outbreaks and 65 percent of ward closures in U.S. hospitals during a two-year period, according to a new study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Only 21 percent of surveyed medical students could identify five true and two false indications of when and when not to wash their hands in the clinical setting, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Hospitals appear to be heeding mandates to reduce and report preventable infections, but long-term impact still to be determined
Two new studies examine the impact of healthcare-associated infection policies on healthcare delivery, staff workload, and patient safety in California hospitals.
A study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Infection Control examined how frequently the environment surrounding the patient becomes contaminated.
Timed to occur during the 25th anniversary of International Infection Prevention Week, the summit explored the impact of healthcare reform efforts in boosting patient safety and quality improvement.
Doctors' and nurses' hospital uniforms contain dangerous bacteria a majority of the time, study shows
More than 60 percent of hospital nurses and doctors uniforms tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Increased hand hygiene knowledge positively correlates with a decreased risk of transmitting infection among both healthcare workers and elementary school children, according to two studies published in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Infection rate drops at Nebraska hospital after initiating new protocols
Nurses on a surgical intensive care unit at a large academic medical center cut bloodstream infections to zero and saved more than $200,000 during a six-month period.
A Midwestern health system created a "Red Box" safe zone -- a three-foot square of red duct tape extending from the threshold of the door -- to facilitate communication with patients on isolation.
MRSA transmission may be occurring in fire stations, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Cell phones used by patients and their visitors were twice as likely to contain potentially dangerous bacteria as those of healthcare workers, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
Fifteen percent of U.S. nursing homes receive deficiency citations for infection control per year, according to a study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering and APIC urge healthcare facilities to review additional literature before making policy changes regarding hands-free faucets.
APIC shares the two primary goals of the Partnership: to keep hospital patients from getting sicker and to help patients heal without complication.
New guidelines outline steps to eliminate bloodstream infections in patients with intravenous catheters, which are among the most deadly and costly healthcare-associated infections.
Statement by APIC in response to the "National Strategy for Quality Improvement in Health Care (National Quality Strategy)"
APIC supports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' development of the National Quality Strategy aimed at improving the quality of healthcare.