Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization
This article highlights challenges to effective cleaning and disinfection in healthcare and describes the importance of using surface wetness during...Read more
Every patient deserves a clean start. Contamination of reusable electrocardiogram (ECG) lead wires is common. Cleaned, ready-to-use ECG leads have...Read more
HAIs: Types and Pathogens
Despite being recognized as a preventable cause of patient morbidity and mortality with nationally established reduction targets, an estimated 1.7...Read more
To support infection prevention by guiding facility management in developing a written policies and procedures manual outlining their own best...Read more
Mattress covers in healthcare facilities are frequently damaged. Studies have shown that more than 26% of mattresses are damaged. The...Read more
To aid compliance with OSHA’s Universal Precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with blood, bodily fluids, harmful residue from...Read more
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) created Industry Perspectives to help supplement your clinical knowledge as an infection preventionist (IP) with best practices and evidence-based information related to infection prevention products, solutions, and services.
Designed to meet your needs, this site provides easy access to information on and the research behind products and services so you can better understand, evaluate, and use innovations in infection prevention and control for improved patient safety. Industry Perspectives gathers and sorts the information, allowing you to search by topic for the information you need. Content from industry undergoes a rigorous review process, is clearly identified as coming from healthcare companies, and will focus on best practices and evidence-based solutions, with emphasis on informing, educating, and broadening the knowledge base for your infection prevention and control practice and program.
APIC Research Committee Chair Timothy Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC about Industry Perspectives.
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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 3.19.18
This article highlights challenges to effective cleaning and disinfection in healthcare and describes the importance of using surface wetness during...
Environmental Infection | 3.15.18
Every patient deserves a clean start. Contamination of reusable electrocardiogram (ECG) lead wires is common. Cleaned, ready-to-use ECG leads have...
HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 2.20.18
Despite being recognized as a preventable cause of patient morbidity and mortality with nationally established reduction targets, an estimated 1.7...
Environmental Infection | 1.2.18
To aid compliance with OSHA’s Universal Precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with blood, bodily fluids, harmful residue from...
Environmental Infection | 1.2.18
To support infection prevention by guiding facility management in developing a written policies and procedures manual outlining their own best...
Environmental Infection | 12.19.17
Mattress covers in healthcare facilities are frequently damaged. Studies have shown that more than 26% of mattresses are damaged. The...
Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 11.7.17
This On Demand video presents the latest results of the first large scale USA survey of IPs on ultrasound probe ...
HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 11.2.17
Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a frequent complication of surgical care and are associated with significant morbidity, mortality and cost.
In the last...
HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 11.1.17
Needleless connectors have been used in US healthcare facilities for well over a decade, and continue to be recognized portals...
There is increasing evidence that the healthcare environment is an important source of healthcare-associated infections. Every facility must thoroughly clean its environment to prevent it from developing into a reservoir for pathogens. Exposures to environmental pathogens or airborne pathogens may result in infections with significant morbidity and/or mortality. Environment of care involves construction and renovation; equipment and environmental service needs; utility maintenance and use; emergency management; and more.Learn More
Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone—healthcare professionals, patients, residents, families, and volunteers—should clean their hands thoroughly and at appropriate times to prevent the spread of disease.Learn More
Diagnostic technologies enable the detection and quantification of pathogen burden. Timely detection of pathogens allows more effective implementation of infection prevention strategies with the goal of reducing transmission.Learn More
HAIs occur in all types of care settings, including hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, end-stage renal disease facilities, outpatient care (e.g., physicians’ offices and health care clinics), and long-term care facilities (e.g., nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities).Learn More
Exposures to germs on medical instruments and surfaces in healthcare settings can lead to illness in both patients and healthcare professionals. Appropriate disinfection and sterilization practices can help prevent healthcare-associated infections. All invasive procedures involve contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient's sterile tissue or mucous membranes. The level of disinfection or sterilization is dependent on the intended use of the object.Learn More
Infections can be associated with procedures (like surgery) and the devices used in medical procedures, such as catheters or ventilators. Four categories of infections account for about three quarters of HAIs in the acute care hospital setting: SSIs, CLABSIs, VAPs, and CAUTIs. Infections caused by bacteria such as Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are also common in hospitals.Learn More
Technology is making a great impact on a core IP duty, which is collection, analysis, and utilization of data. With increasing dependence on health information technology, there continue to be significant changes in how these data are obtained, maintained, analyzed and utilized, including new definitions that support algorithmic detection of infections, electronic file upload capabilities for infection reporting, data assessment, screen-testing and surveillance systems, IT terminology, and validating and maintaining data systems for infection prevention.Learn More