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|APIC releases 4th edition of key resource on pathogens|
|Arlington, Va., Mar. 5, 2018 – Updated information on current and known emerging pathogens is now available in the new 4th edition of Ready Reference for Microbes, which has just been published by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).
The revised edition provides quick reference information for infection preventionists (IPs) and other healthcare professionals
about medically common and clinically significant microorganisms found in humans. Vital facts on the most important microbes include scientific name, common name, description, associated infections, and mode of transmission.
Seven chapters focus on:
Seven “quick facts” appendixes cover essential topics: common pathogens by body site, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile, seasonal influenza, isolation precautions, antibiograms, and antimicrobial stewardship. Every chapter contains references and added resources. The new edition includes information on the Zika virus and Candida auris. Easy-to-read tables are presented in a flip-through format for ease of use.
“With a convenient reference in hand to quickly identify infections and modes of transmission, healthcare professionals will have the opportunity to respond rapidly with medical treatment and the appropriate infection control procedures,” said Angela S. Hernandez, MPH, MT(ASCP), Infection Preventionist at Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, NM and a co-author of the 4th edition. Also co-authoring the new edition is Catherine Alesich Chachere, CLS(ASCP)CM, RN, CIC, Infection Prevention Coordinator, Woman’s Hospital, Baton Rouge, LA.