Tag: Infection Prevention

Use of AI to predict risk of HAIs

Editor's Note This study led by researchers at the Mayo Clinic Arizona finds that a healthcare associated infection (HAI) risk prediction artificial intelligence (AI) model can estimate individualized risk of infection by taking into account a patient’s clinical features and features of similar patients. The model was trained on 38,327…

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By: Judy Mathias
June 8, 2023
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CDC: Update on COVID-19 transmission at 2023 EIS Conference

Editor's Note The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), on May 26, released an update on the spread of COVID-19 at its 2023 Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Conference in Atlanta in April. The conference was attended by some 1,800 in-person attendees. A rapid assessment team was gathered to survey…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 30, 2023
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The Joint Commission seeking comments on proposed new infection control requirements for hospitals, critical access hospitals

Editor's Note The Joint Commission, on May 24, announced that it is seeking comments on new infection control (IC) requirements for hospitals and critical access hospitals on preparedness for high-consequence diseases or special pathogens. These new requirements will replace the current standard IC.01.06.01 on preparing for an influx of potentially…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2023
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Using human-AI collaboration to monitor PPE donning, doffing

Editor's Note This Australian study compares the accuracy of monitoring personal protective equipment (PPE) donning and doffing between an artificial intelligent (AI) machine collaborating with a remote buddy support system and an onsite buddy. The researchers conducted a pilot simulation study with 30 procedural scenarios (15 donning and 15 doffing)…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 25, 2023
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WHO launches International Pathogen Surveillance Network

Editor's Note The World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners, on May 20, launched the International Pathogen Surveillance Network (IPSN) to prevent and detect infectious disease threats before they become epidemics or pandemics. The network provides a platform for helping countries and regions improve systems for collecting and analyzing samples,…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 24, 2023
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New borescope training model improves SPD personnel knowledge, complex skills

Editor's Note This pilot study by epidemiologist Cori L. Ofstead, MSPH, and colleagues finds that a new borescope training model improves sterile processing department (SPD) personnel mastery and retention of complex skills. A total of nine certified SPD personnel were involved in the study. Training focused on borescope visual inspection…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 23, 2023
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The role of infection prevention when auditing SPD

Infection preventionists (IPs) play a vital role in healthcare, especially in the sterile processing department (SPD), where preventing infection and cross-contamination is paramount. As infection prevention advocates, SPD personnel are responsible for ensuring that surgical instruments and other medical devices are properly sterilized and free of harmful microorganisms before use.…

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By: Angela Lewellyn, LPN, CRCST, CER, CHL
May 23, 2023
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SSI prevention in ASCs

Surgical site infection (SSI) surveillance has rapidly grown in the ambulatory setting over the last decade, with the expansion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network’s (NHSN) Outpatient Procedure Component (OPC). OPC-SSI is designed to track and monitor SSIs in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs)…

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By: David Cotriss
May 23, 2023
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XBB.1.16 grows to 14% of US COVID-19 cases

Editor's Note Estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find the emerging COVID-19 Omicron subvariant XBB.1.16, dubbed Arcturus, is responsible for more than 14% of COVID-19 cases in the US over the past 2 weeks, up from nearly 7% in the prior 2 weeks, according to the May…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 15, 2023
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Study: Waning of COVID-19 vaccine-induced immunity

Editor's Note This Italian review and meta-analysis finds that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines against Omicron and Delta variants rapidly wans over time. Of 799 original articles, 149 reviews, and 35 preprints identified, 40 studies were included in the analysis. Among the findings: Vaccine effectiveness of a primary vaccination cycle…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 10, 2023
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