APIC’s 40 years of growth and progress highlighted in winter issue of Prevention Strategist

PS winter cover imageAPIC has released three open access articles from the winter 2012 issue of Prevention Strategist:

The feature article “40 years of growth and progress” reflects on the advancement of APIC and the infection prevention profession over the last 40 years.  
A healthcare workers with pertussis: High cost and lost opportunity,” explains why healthcare organizations must continue to find ways to educate healthcare workers on the need to protect patients and the community from pertussis.
Putting patient safety first” provides an overview of HONOReform’s efforts in advocating for safe injection practices.

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40 years of growth and progressOpen access
APIC past presidents reflect on the advancement of APIC and the infection prevention profession over the last 40 years.

A healthcare worker with pertussis: High cost and lost opportunityOpen access
Healthcare organizations must continue to find ways to educate healthcare workers on the need to protect patients and the community from pertussis—or pay the price.
By Gregory Gagliano

APIC: Then and now
By Michelle Farber, 2012 APIC President

Reflections on a path well-traveled and the road ahead
By Katrina Crist, APIC CEO

CBIC: Advancing the profession and your competency
By Barbara Russell, CBIC 2012 President

Certification and the Magnet Recognition Program
Board certification meets the Magnet Recognition Program’s criteria as a goal for improvement in professional certification.
By Craig Luzinski, Director of the Magnet Recognition Program®

Global Insight: Endemic IV-fluid contamination
Contaminated IV fluids are a major public health concern for hospitalized children in Mexico.
Q&A with Alejandro Macias

Point/counterpoint: Should contact precautions be standard?
Two different perspectives are shared about MRSA and VRE isolation.
Point: By Maureen Hodson and Dr. David Bebinger
Counterpoint: Vicki Brinsko

Fact or opinion
How can you tell if a speaker’s presentation is based on solid clinical evidence? Here are five tips that will tell you how. 
By Mary L. Fornek

CIC profile: Adriene Y. Thornton
A board certified infection preventionist shares the personal and professional benefits of certification.

Putting patient safety first–Open access
Through advocating for safe injection practices HONOReform seeks to participate in ongoing efforts to restore public confidence to the medical community.   
By Steve Langan, Henry Chanin, Karen Morrow, Dr. Frank Nemec, Loretta Moses, Larry Matheis, Susan Lynch, and Evelyn McKnight

Book review: The Patient Survival Guide by Dr. Maryanne McGuckin
This book provides consumers with eight simple solutions that will help them or their loved ones prevent healthcare-associated infections.
Review by Irena Kenneley

Retrospective: International Infection Prevention Week
APIC chapters share photo highlights from the 2012 celebration.

Capitol Comments: APIC advocacy efforts—Advancing patient safety, one step at a time 
By Lisa Tomlinson and Nancy Hailpern

News from APIC:

Connecticut hospital receives Partnership in Prevention Award

New ‘Infection Prevention and You’ materials for long-term, ambulatory, and home care

Heroes of Infection Prevention
Healthcare professionals demonstrate their exceptional work and dedication to infection prevention.