Tag: Infection preventionists

Pandemic experiences of infections preventionists resulted in moral distress

Editor's Note This study, led by nurse researchers at the College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, explores the experiences of infection preventionists (IPs) during the COVID-19 pandemic. Responses from 61 IPs surveyed were included in the analysis. Among the findings: The initial phases of COVID-19 was a time of clinical…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 25, 2023
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Improving IP work-life balance, retention with an alternative work schedule

Editor's Note This study from the Falls Church, Virginia-based Inova Health System finds that an alternative work schedule improved work-life balance, productivity, and morale of its infection preventionists (IPs). With the surges and threats of emerging infectious diseases, the Inova Health System was dealing with a shortage of IPs and…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 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 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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APIC creates ‘Playbooks’ to help fight emerging infectious diseases

Editor's Note The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced May 1 that it has created a series of ‘Playbooks’ to help infection preventionists (IPs) and epidemiologists operationalize prevention efforts to help fight emerging infectious diseases. The pathogen-specific playbooks outline recommended practices for outbreak response, including: Pathogen…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 2, 2023
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Effect of COVID-19 added stress on infection preventionists’ wellbeing

Editor's Note This study from Ohio State University researchers finds that infection preventionists (IPs) who worked shorter shifts and had more organizational wellness support had better wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 926 IPs responded to a survey of Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 18, 2023
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