Infection from germs entering blood by way of a catheter or tube placed in the vein.

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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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...

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Plastic Rounds Innovation Reduces CLABSI and CAUTI

One of APIC’s 2015 Heroes of Infection Prevention, Carol Vance, BSN, RN, CIC, an infection prevention specialist at Barnes Jewish...

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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...

Trending Topics in C. difficile Diagnosis and Reporting

Data from the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) demonstrates that changing C. difficile test method alone will not decrease a...

Presurgical Molecular Testing for Staphylococcal Nasal Colonization

Routine molecular testing of the nares for the presence of Staphylococcus aureus followed by targeted decolonization of patients carrying either...

Active Surveillance Testing with Targeted MRSA Decolonization

A Cost-Effective Way for Infection Preventionists to Stem Outbreaks and Practice Good Antimicrobial Stewardship.

There are two main approaches that hospitals...

Diagnosing C. difficile: New Guidelines, Familiar Challenges

As lab testing technologies, infection control policies, and reporting metrics have evolved over the years, the diagnosis of C. difficile ...

Rapid Molecular Diagnostics: Supporting CDC’s Four Core Actions to Fight Antimicrobial Resistance

CDC has declared the complex problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) a serious threat today, which will result in potential catastrophic...

Infographic: Reducing the risk of ECG cable & lead wire cross-contamination

Every patient deserves a clean start. Contamination of reusable electrocardiogram (ECG) lead wires is common. Cleaned, ready-to-use ECG leads have...

Povidone-iodine as an Alternative to Mupirocin for Nasal Decolonization

Despite being recognized as a preventable cause of patient morbidity and mortality with nationally established reduction targets, an estimated 1.7...