Nightmare Bacteria

A fundamental trheat to public health and healthcare: "Nightmare bacteria" refer to pathogens with the power to resist most antibiotics. 

Povidone-iodine as an Alternative to Mupirocin for Nasal Decolonization: A New Domain for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Patient Safety

S. aureus has been a target for HAI reduction efforts and an important strategy for the prevention of serious staphylococcal infections is the elimination of S. aureus nasal carriage. For years, mupirocin (MO) has been the gold standard for nasal decolonization to combat SSIs and  control transmission of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). However, widespread adoption of MO has led to mupirocin-resistant strains of S. aureus and treatment failures, prompting a shift to antiseptics such as povidone-iodine for HAI prevention and antibiotic stewardship efforts. The efficacy, safety, patient satisfaction and cost data on povidone-iodine is compelling and is a promising alternative to mupirocin.

Prevention of Intraluminal Contamination of Intravascular Catheters

Needleless connectors have been used in US healthcare facilities for well over a decade & continue to be recognized portals of entry for microbial contamination that can lead to CLABSIs. Adoption of CHG/alcohol for needleless connector disinfection may well be key to reducing this rate of infection further.

The Truth About Disinfectant Contact Time

When it comes to preventing disease transmission in healthcare settings, surface disinfection is one of the most impactful tools in a facility’s arsenal. Product labels for EPA regulated disinfectants contain fundamental information for the user, such as key safety warnings and instructions for use. However, not all product labels are the same. Even products from the same manufacturer may feature different language and instructions for use. This inconsistency can lead to confusion and a lack of compliance, especially around contact time.

Patient Hand Hygiene Project Improves Quality Measures in an Orthopedic Surgical Post-Operative Unit

Patients hospitalized due to post-orthopedic surgical procedures have a decreased ability to leave their beds or are completely immobile. These patients did not have a convenient method to wash hands, especially before eating. We recognized the importance of initiating an intervention to provide a simple method for hand hygiene and improve the patient experience at the bedside.

The Long Term Care Infection Prevention Role in Promoting Quality Care and Reducing Rehospitalizations

Exploring the role of Infection Prevention in promoting quality care and reducing hospitalizations in the long-term care environment.

The Evolving Business of Healthcare: Key Issues in Healthcare Reform for Infection Prevention Professionals
Microorganism Movers: Mobile Equipment and Implications for Infection Prevention

Numerous studies have shown that hospital surfaces and frequently used medical equipment become contaminated by a variety of pathogenic and nonpathogenic organisms. This white paper is intended to provide guidance on what can be done to mitigate cross contamination of noncritical patient care items in order to help reduce and prevent HAIs.

A Collaborative Approach to Targeting Zero Healthcare Associated Infections: A Focus on Hand Hygiene and Environmental Hygiene: A Patient Safety Perspective

According the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hand Hygiene remains the single most important intervention in the quest for Targeting Zero Healthcare Infections (HAIs).

Collaboration of Infection Prevention and Environmental Services: A Team Approach to Elimination of Healthcare Associated Infections

In today’s healthcare environment, collaboration is a critical component in the prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs). Now more than ever, a clean and sanitary patient environment is being measured as a component of the Infection Prevention and Control process.