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Aligning PDI CE Programs with the CIC Infection Prevention Unit (IPU) Certification Renewal Option

As an infection preventionist, maintaining the certification in infection control (CIC) is a critical component in achieving and maintaining credibility...

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Contact Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the Environment and Personal Protective Equipment: How Significant Is It?

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is how does person-to-person transmission occur?...

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Diversey Announces Efficacy Testing Against SARS-CoV-2

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COVID-19: Focus on surface disinfection

In the recent years, we have witnessed the emergence of a number of new infectious diseases, many of which were...

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The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Hands

Hand hygiene is one of the most important measures for preventing the spread of infection within healthcare facilities. Repeated use...

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization | 6.4.20

Contact Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from the Environment and Personal Protective Equipment: How Significant Is It?

One of the most frequently asked questions regarding SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is how does person-to-person transmission occur?...

Environmental Infection | 6.3.20

Aligning PDI CE Programs with the CIC Infection Prevention Unit (IPU) Certification Renewal Option

As an infection preventionist, maintaining the certification in infection control (CIC) is a critical component in achieving and maintaining credibility...

COVID-19 | 5.29.20

Tydracide™ Testing Shows Greater Than 99.999% Kill Rate on COVID-19 Virus in One Minute

Tygrus LLC announced today that tests conducted by a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized Bio Safety Level...

COVID-19 | 5.20.20

CoachCare HIPAA-compliant Virtual Tools for Clinics During COVID-19

CoachCare’s comprehensive, HIPAA-compliant suite of virtual tools will help you stay connected to patients while practicing social distancing...

COVID-19 | 5.18.20

Diversey Announces Efficacy Testing Against SARS-CoV-2

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Diversey is an APIC Industry Perspectives Strategic Partner

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COVID-19 | 5.11.20

GHX COVID-19 Information Center: Actionable Insights, Tools

GHX has created the COVID-19 Information Center to deliver the insights, data and tools to help healthcare providers,...

COVID-19 | 5.6.20

Medical Gloves for COVID-19: Manufacturing, Purchasing, Importing, and Donating Gloves

For individuals and organizations who are new to working with the FDA

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COVID-19 | 5.5.20

PURO – Breakthrough UV Light Disinfection Solution

From battling viruses and “Superbugs,” to fighting bacteria and fungus, industries from healthcare to hospitality are looking for a trusted,...

COVID-19 | 5.4.20

How Whom Home is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Whom Home is committed to leaning in to assist Health Care Facilities, First Responders and Government agencies under the FDA...

COVID-19 | 4.29.20

ModTruss, Inc. Hygienic Room Partitions for COVID-19

ModTruss, Inc. is here to not only help our nation cope with COVID-19, but we are here to help get...

COVID-19 | 4.27.20

Normal Alcohol a Good Product, Add Persistence and Wala!

During this time of crisis, it is important to follow CDC guidelines carefully. The CDC recommends sanitizers with the following...

COVID-19 | 4.22.20

Ultrasound Infection Prevention in COVID-19 Patient Care

Ultrasound is a front-line diagnostic and monitoring tool for patients with COVID-19. In caring for patients with COVID-19, ultrasound can be...

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COVID-19

There is increasing evidence that the healthcare environment is an important source of healthcare-associated infections. Every facility must thoroughly clean its environment to prevent it from developing into a reservoir for pathogens. Exposures to environmental pathogens or airborne pathogens may result in infections with significant morbidity and/or mortality. Environment of care involves construction and renovation; equipment and environmental service needs; utility maintenance and use; emergency management; and more.

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Environmental Infection

Proper hand hygiene is the number one way to prevent the spread of infection. Everyone—healthcare professionals, patients, residents, families, and volunteers—should clean their hands thoroughly and at appropriate times to prevent the spread of disease.

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Hand Hygiene

Diagnostic technologies enable the detection and quantification of pathogen burden. Timely detection of pathogens allows more effective implementation of infection prevention strategies with the goal of reducing transmission.

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Diagnostics

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).

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Care Settings

Exposures to germs on medical instruments and surfaces in healthcare settings can lead to illness in both patients and healthcare professionals. Appropriate disinfection and sterilization practices can help prevent healthcare-associated infections. All invasive procedures involve contact by a medical device or surgical instrument with a patient's sterile tissue or mucous membranes. The level of disinfection or sterilization is dependent on the intended use of the object.

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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

Infections can be associated with procedures (like surgery) and the devices used in medical procedures, such as catheters or ventilators. Four categories of infections account for about three quarters of HAIs in the acute care hospital setting: SSIs, CLABSIs, VAPs, and CAUTIs. Infections caused by bacteria such as Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are also common in hospitals.

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Technology is making a great impact on a core IP duty, which is collection, analysis, and utilization of data. With increasing dependence on health information technology, there continue to be significant changes in how these data are obtained, maintained, analyzed and utilized, including new definitions that support algorithmic detection of infections, electronic file upload capabilities for infection reporting, data assessment, screen-testing and surveillance systems, IT terminology, and validating and maintaining data systems for infection prevention.

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