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Publications

Prevention Strategist

Translate science into practice with Prevention Strategist, APIC’s signature magazine. This quarterly publication provides members with evidence-based strategies and practical guidance from leading experts to help prevent infection.


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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013

    5/28/2013

    Cover story: Self-assessment to advance IP competency 

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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  • <em>A Special Long-Term Care Supplement to Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013</em>

    A Special Long-Term Care Supplement to Prevention Strategist—Summer 2013

    5/27/2013

    Highlights:

    • 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

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Spring 2013</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Spring 2013

    2/26/2013

    Cover story: Clostridium difficile—A multifaceted approach to prevention. 

    Highlights:

    • 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. 

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Winter 2012</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Winter 2012

    12/3/2012

     Cover story: APIC celebrates 40 years of growth and progress. 

    Highlights:

    • 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. 

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Fall 2012</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Fall 2012

    9/19/2012

    Cover stories:

    Preventing CAUTI: A patient-centered approach 

    The new VAE definition: A paradigm shift for infection preventionists 

    Highlights:

    • 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. 

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Summer 2012</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Summer 2012

    5/21/2012

    Cover story: APIC’s new IP Competency Model helps infection preventionists design a plan for professional development.

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Spring 2012</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Spring 2012

    3/19/2012

    Cover story: Over the next eight years, APIC Strategic Plan 2020 will accelerate progress toward the elimination of healthcare-associated infections.

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Winter 2011</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Winter 2011

    1/1/2012

    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.

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Fall 2011</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Fall 2011

    11/1/2011

    Cover story: An APIC member’s outbreak investigation prompted an international product recall of non-sterile alcohol prep pads.

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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  • <i>Prevention Strategist—Summer 2011</i>

    Prevention Strategist—Summer 2011

    7/1/2011

    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.

    Highlights:

    • 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.

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