Environmental Infection

EPA-Registered Latex Paint Kills Pathogenic Bacteria on Hard Nonporous Surfaces

Combating hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is one of the most urgent challenges facing healthcare facilities today. According to the Centers for...

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Killing Bacteria on Painted Surfaces

Recent advancements in technology have added a new weapon to the arsenal when it comes preventing the spread of disease-causing...

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Health Information Technology

Turning Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

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Environmental Infection

Comprehensive Guide to Building a High-Performance Infection Prevention and Control Program

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

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Care Settings

Take Aim at Surgical Site Infections

Why It Matters: Timely incision management can help reduce the human and economic costs of SSIs. Complications with incision healing lead...

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Identifying and Addressing Risks for SSIs and CLABSIs

Infection preventionists are being asked to identify ways to help address some their organizations’ most pressing challenges, such as reducing...

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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 | 7.11.17

EPA-Registered Latex Paint Kills Pathogenic Bacteria on Hard Nonporous Surfaces

Combating hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is one of the most urgent challenges facing healthcare facilities today. According to the Centers for...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 6.6.17

Killing Bacteria on Painted Surfaces

Recent advancements in technology have added a new weapon to the arsenal when it comes preventing the spread of disease-causing...

Health Information Technology | 5.17.17

Turning Data into Action for Automated Proactive HAI Surveillance

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

Environmental Infection | 5.15.17

Comprehensive Guide to Building a High-Performance Infection Prevention and Control Program

Infection prevention (IP) programs that depend primarily on paper-based, manual, and retrospective surveillance processes and on reports for aggregation with...

Care Settings | 5.9.17

Take Aim at Surgical Site Infections

Why It Matters: Timely incision management can help reduce the human and economic costs of SSIs. Complications with incision healing lead...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 4.14.17

Just Because You are Using a Disinfectant, Doesn’t Mean You are Disinfecting

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Environmental Infection | 4.6.17

Handling Clean Linen in a Healthcare Environment

To support infection prevention by guiding facility management in developing a written policies and procedures manual outlining their own best...

Environmental Infection | 1.13.17

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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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Patient Pre-Operative Preparation

Patient pre-operative preparation involves measures to control and prevent infections related to the operative procedure that occur at or near the surgical incision within 30 days of an operative procedure or within one year if the implant is left in place.

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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
  • Patient Pre-Operative Preparation
  • Care Settings
  • Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • HAIs: Types and Pathogens
  • Health Information Technology