Environmental Infection

Dry surface Biofilm the next challenge in infection prevention

Recently, several published studies have highlighted the role of biofilm on dry environmental surfaces in harboring and protecting multidrug-resistant bacteria...

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Environmental Infection

Laundry Tour Planner for Healthcare Professionals

Your visit to a linen and uniform service laundry can be as extensive as you wish. You may be greatly...

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Environmental Infection

Implementing single-patient-use ECG cable & lead wire systems to reduce surgical site infections

As the number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, so does the burden of surgical...

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Care Settings

Meta-Analysis Indicates Hydrofiber® Dressings May Lower Post-Op Infection Risks After Total Joint Arthroplasty

The use of perioperative surgical wound dressings is an important factor in the mitigation of infection following total joint arthroplasty...

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Surveillance and Screen Testing

Infographic: Impact of MRSA/S. aureus Colonization on SSIs

Reduce Joint Replacement Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) with Molecular Testing

Colonized patients are up to 9 times more likely to develop...

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Introducing Clorox Healthcare VersaSure Alcohol-Free Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes

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Welcome to Industry Perspectives!

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.

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Environmental Infection | 10.23.18

Dry surface Biofilm the next challenge in infection prevention

Recently, several published studies have highlighted the role of biofilm on dry environmental surfaces in harboring and protecting multidrug-resistant bacteria...

Environmental Infection | 10.11.18

Laundry Tour Planner for Healthcare Professionals

Your visit to a linen and uniform service laundry can be as extensive as you wish. You may be greatly...

Environmental Infection | 9.19.18

Implementing single-patient-use ECG cable & lead wire systems to reduce surgical site infections

As the number of surgical procedures performed in the United States continues to rise, so does the burden of surgical...

Care Settings | 9.5.18

Meta-Analysis Indicates Hydrofiber® Dressings May Lower Post-Op Infection Risks After Total Joint Arthroplasty

The use of perioperative surgical wound dressings is an important factor in the mitigation of infection following total joint arthroplasty...

Surveillance and Screen Testing | 8.23.18

Infographic: Impact of MRSA/S. aureus Colonization on SSIs

Reduce Joint Replacement Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) with Molecular Testing

Colonized patients are up to 9 times more likely to develop...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 8.17.18

Introducing Clorox Healthcare VersaSure Alcohol-Free Cleaner Disinfectant Wipes

This article introduces Clorox Healthcare VersaSure™, a new disinfecting wipe product to our portfolio. The news is intended to teach...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 8.7.18

2018 APIC Symposium – Traceability of Processed Devices: Application to Ultrasound Probes

The symposium addresses important issues in ultrasound probe reprocessing through a focus on a set of practical tools developed by...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 8.7.18

2018 APIC Symposium – Challenges in Ultrasound Infection Prevention

The symposium addresses important issues in ultrasound probe reprocessing through a focus on a set of practical tools developed by...

Health Information Technology | 8.7.18

2018 APIC Symposium – Launch of an Infection Preventionist Toolkit for Ultrasound

The symposium addresses important issues in ultrasound probe reprocessing through a focus on a set of practical tools developed by...

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Environmental Infection

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.

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Hand Hygiene

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.

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Diagnostics

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.

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Care Settings

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).

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

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.

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

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.

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Health Information Technology

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.

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  • Environmental Infection
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Diagnostics
  • Care Settings
  • Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • HAIs: Types and Pathogens
  • Health Information Technology