Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Video: Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions for Infection Prevention in Sonography

This On Demand video presents the latest results of the first large scale USA survey of IPs on ultrasound probe...

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Prevention of Intraluminal Contamination of Intravascular Catheters

Needleless connectors have been used in US healthcare facilities for well over a decade, and continue to be recognized portals...

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Implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: A Practical Guide

Designing and implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing and combat antimicrobial resistance is...

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

C. diff Perspectives: Utilizing On-Demand Testing for Protocol-Driven Infection Prevention

Reduction of C. diff rates is a common goal of healthcare institutions of all sizes, with ever-evolving strategies aimed at addressing a...

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Diagnostics

Managing CRE: From Diagnosis to Outbreak Management

Although rarely reported a decade ago, carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, such as Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are rapidly spreading, with the risk that they...

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk – A Call to Action

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level...

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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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APIC Research Committee Chair Timothy Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC about Industry Perspectives.


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Video: Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions for Infection Prevention in Sonography

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

2017 HICPAC-CDC Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection: What the IP Needs to Know

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a frequent complication of surgical care and are associated with significant morbidity, mortality and cost.

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 11.1.17

Prevention of Intraluminal Contamination of Intravascular Catheters

Needleless connectors have been used in US healthcare facilities for well over a decade, and continue to be recognized portals...

HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 10.31.17

C. diff Perspectives: Utilizing On-Demand Testing for Protocol-Driven Infection Prevention

Reduction of C. diff rates is a common goal of healthcare institutions of all sizes, with ever-evolving strategies aimed at addressing ...

Diagnostics | 10.31.17

Implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: A Practical Guide

Designing and implementing an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to improve the quality of antibiotic prescribing and combat antimicrobial resistance is...

Diagnostics | 10.31.17

Managing CRE: From Diagnosis to Outbreak Management

Although rarely reported a decade ago, carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria, such as Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, are rapidly spreading, with the risk that they...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 9.25.17

Ultrasound Probe Infection Risk – A Call to Action

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level...

Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 9.22.17

Expansion of Ultrasound in Healthcare: Challenges and Solutions

To reduce the risk of ultrasound probe cross infection, it is important to know when to perform the high level ...

HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 9.13.17

LabID Reporting for C. difficile

This white paper addresses key points in NHSN’s C. difficile LabID reporting module, with a specific focus on the correlation...

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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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