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APIC sponsored or participated in the following research studies in 2010-2011:

The APIC Research Agenda

Based on a national member survey conducted in March 2011, this project examines the association’s evolving research priorities since 2000 and identifies key areas for future investigation. Read the full report in the May 2012 issue of AJIC. Principal investigator: Marc-Oliver Wright, MT (ASCP), MS, CIC.

2010 National U.S. Inpatient Healthcare Facility Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Survey (MRSA II)

This follow-up to the 2007 MRSA prevalence study (MRSA I) investigated the impact on prevalence rates of MRSA control measures implemented between 2007 and 2010. Data were provided by APIC members across the U.S. Read the full report in the April 2012 issue of AJIC. Principal investigator: William Jarvis, MD.

The Relationship of the Infection Preventionist to the Public Health Department

This study investigated how frequently and effectively IPs interact with local and/or state health departments, identifying areas where those relationships can be strengthened in the future. More than 1,300 U.S. infection preventionists participated in this national hospital-focused survey conducted in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists. Principal investigator: Rachel Stricof, MPH, CIC.

The Use of Contact Precautions in U.S. Hospitals

A Massachusetts General Hospital research team analyzed current trends in the use of contact precautions as a control measure against the transmission of antimicrobial resistant microorganisms, focusing on the circumstances under which precautions were discontinued. This was the largest study conducted on this topic, with more than 3,000 APIC member participants. Research team leader: Erica Seiguer Shenoy, MD, PhD.

Infection Prevention in the Emergency Department

This study analyzed infection prevention practices in the emergency department (ED), one of the highest-risk areas of the hospital, using a large national sample of both emergency departments and infection preventionists/APIC members. The second phase of the project will develop case studies from EDs that have successfully implemented infection prevention practices for catheter-associated urinary tract infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, and hand hygiene. Principal investigator: Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS, Brigham & Women’s Hospital.