News Releases

04/16/2019

The pressure to prescribe: Antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting

Outpatient healthcare providers inappropriately prescribed antibiotics to 40 percent of patients in a major Veterans Affairs healthcare system, a higher figure than in previous studies examining outpatient antibiotic use, according to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

03/21/2019

Examining ball pits as a playground for pathogenic germs

Ball pits used in children’s physical therapy – similar to those made popular by restaurants catering to families – may contribute to germ transmission between patients, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC).

11/27/2018

Stem S. aureus transmission in the OR

Adherence to proven protocols for disinfecting surgeons’ hands, patients’ skin, and operating room surfaces could help to halt the spread of dangerous Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) pathogens in the operating room and beyond, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). 

10/18/2018

APIC and CDC develop Quick Observation Tools to help prevent HAIs

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for infection control to help healthcare facilities quickly identify infection prevention deficiencies and take corrective action in real time to protect patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).

10/15/2018

APIC underscores the top ways to protect patients during IIPW

Approximately 1 in 25 people are diagnosed with healthcare-associated infections each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Therefore, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is putting the spotlight on the importance of infection prevention and actions the healthcare community can take to improve patient safety.

09/26/2018

Hospital privacy curtains may harbor dangerous germs: New study

Without timely intervention, privacy curtains in hospitals can become breeding grounds for resistant bacteria, posing a threat to patient safety, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

08/16/2018

Patients with HAIs suffer social, emotional pain

The consequences of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) reach well beyond patients’ physical health, souring social relationships, and leading some healthcare providers (HCP) to distance themselves from affected patients, according to a qualitative, systematic review published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

06/26/2018

New studies illustrate need for rigorous review of infection preventionist staffing models across healthcare systems

Severe gaps in staffing and outdated coverage benchmarks point to the critical need for evaluating and updating standards for infection preventionist (IP) staffing levels, according to two new studies that explored infection prevention and control resourcing across a variety of healthcare settings. The studies were published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).