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).

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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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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Treat the Patient, Not the Poo: C. difficile Clinician Education Tools

Testing only appropriate patient specimens for C. difficile can have a drastic impact on a facility’s C. difficile rates, but it...

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Differences between the 2016 WHO and ACS Guidelines for Prevention of SSI

A comparison of the World Health Organization (WHO)  Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infections (SSI) 2016 and...

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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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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.

In the last...

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...

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...

The Six C’s: Handling Soiled Linen in a Healthcare Environment

To aid compliance with OSHA’s Universal Precautions for handling soiled linen saturated with blood, bodily fluids, harmful residue from...

A Review of Sterilization Methods and Recommended Monitoring Practices

“A Review of Sterilization Methods and Recommended Practices for Healthcare Facilities PART II: Terminal Low Temperature Sterilization” is a 1.0...

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...

Best Practices for Healthy Skin – Hand Hygiene and Skin Care Guide

Hand hygiene is a critical aspect of patient safety. In fact, it is the single most important measure one can...

Case Study: 25-Hospital IDN Addresses Risks for SSIs and CLABSIs

Infection prevention is a top priority in acute care facilities due to mandatory reporting of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), potential reimbursement...