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Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013
Cover story: Self-assessment to advance IP competency
- Infection preventionists across the country identified the cause of the recent fungal meningitis outbreak and worked collaboratively to stop its spread.
- By following a few key recommendations, infection preventionists can ensure that HAI data reporting is both simplified and reliable.
- New York hospitals face infection prevention challenges in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
- A microbiological overview of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae.
A Special Long-Term Care Supplement to Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013
- Mold: A threat to long-term care residents
- Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks in long-term care
- Preventing pneumonia and lower respiratory tract infections
- A microbiological overview of Clostridium difficile
- The infection prevention program checklist for long-term care
Prevention Strategist—Spring 2013
Cover story: Clostridium difficile—A multifaceted approach to prevention.
- Dr. Nathan Wolfe, world-renowned viral forecaster and epidemiologist, to headline APIC 2013 as keynote speaker.
- A program designed to break through the boundaries of hospital administration allows the clinical lab and IP to leverage the strengths of each department.
- A microbiological overview of specific natural properties of bacteria that proliferate and result in infection—under the right conditions.
- Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa is improving patient outcomes via a new model of infection prevention education within its resource-limited country.
Prevention Strategist—Winter 2012
Cover story: APIC celebrates 40 years of growth and progress.
- Point/counterpoint: Two different perspectives are shared about contact precautions.
- Fact or opinion: How to tell if a speaker’s presentation is based on solid clinical evidence.
- APIC chapters share photo highlights from the 2012 International Infection Prevention Week celebration.
- Contaminated IV fluids are a major public health concern for hospitalized children in Mexico.
Prevention Strategist—Fall 2012
Preventing CAUTI: A patient-centered approach
The new VAE definition: A paradigm shift for infection preventionists
- An infection prevention and environmental services collaboration has dramatically reduced infections.
- An infection preventionist shares her family’s experience with healthcare-associated infections.
- The new NHSN Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Measure: What you need to know
- Create an infection prevention movement through International Infection Prevention Week.
Prevention Strategist—Summer 2012
Cover story: APIC’s new IP Competency Model helps infection preventionists design a plan for professional development.
- Infection preventionists have a role in accelerating progress toward preventing the emergence and cross-transmission of MDROs.
- An Infection Prevention and Control department in Saudi Arabia serves as a global model for infection prevention excellence.
- A psychiatric hospital tackled the challenges of a norovirus outbreak through collaboration.
- Leaders in infection prevention and environmental services work together to improve patient outcomes.
Prevention Strategist—Spring 2012
Cover story: Over the next eight years, APIC Strategic Plan 2020 will accelerate progress toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections.
- APIC joins with the World Health Organization to strengthen infection prevention preparedness for, and response to, epidemic infectious disease.
- When the CEO of Novant Health set out to change the culture surrounding hand hygiene, he had one goal – saving lives.
- APIC’s newest collaboration builds a bridge between infection preventionists and laboratory professionals.
- An infection preventionist leads a successful campaign to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and other life-threatening infections.
Prevention Strategist—Winter 2011
Cover story: Success through implementation science: Reducing HAIs in the ICU – When combined with a strong performance improvement model, implementation science offers expanded methods to drive meaningful change.
- Pennsylvania HAI Prevention collaboratives cultivate creative ways to pursue infection reductions and improve patient safety.
- International infection prevention ambassadors face unique circumstances, but they have one common goal – to prevent infections in their regions.
- The International Infection Prevention Week policy summit explores necessary infection prevention resources and the impact of healthcare reform efforts in boosting patient safety.
- A nurse-driven protocol, steered by an infection preventionist, reduces UTI hazards in a Pennsylvania hospital system.
Prevention Strategist—Fall 2011
Cover story: An APIC member’s outbreak investigation prompted an international product recall of non-sterile alcohol prep pads.
- The president and CEO of an Atlanta children’s hospital champions infection prevention initiatives – with impressive results.
- Technology and remarkable patient outcomes, not infections, should remain the focus in interventional settings.
- A Georgia army hospital makes gains in the battle against infection.
- A Philippines doctor has created a safe haven for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
- APIC chapter legislative representatives take their expertise to policymakers: Action in four states.
Prevention Strategist—Summer 2011
Cover story: While CLABSI rates have been declining in the U.S., new studies suggest that an expanded approach may be necessary to achieve even greater success.
- The HAI consumer awareness movement is effecting change in the infection prevention profession, making transparency of quality healthcare a priority for all.
- Understand how to use national momentum to accelerate action and engage leadership.(Column from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital created an international training model that has inspired many to achieve what was once perceived as impossible: preventing infections in resource-limited countries.
- New Orleans’ Northshore hospitals collaborate to prevent and treat surgical site infections.
- The new consensus surrounding sterilization: Understanding the shift from “flash” sterilization to “immediate-use” sterilization.