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The Science of Compliance: What Drives Hand Hygiene Compliance and How Can We Improve it?

It is well-understood that hand hygiene is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the transmission of infection available...

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Hand Hygiene

A Guide to Selecting the Right Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Solution for Your Hospital

Over the last decade, a new hand hygiene compliance monitoring method has gained in popularity: automated or electronic hand hygiene...

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Hand Hygiene

The ROI of Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring: The Value Your Hospital Can Realize by Making the Switch

While there are many options available to measure and track hand hygiene compliance, electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring can offer...

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Hand Hygiene

Immediate Feedback Yields Immediate Impact: How Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Influences Behavior Change

Numerous studies have shown that improving hand hygiene compliance and sustaining that improvement requires ongoing measurement of hand hygiene performance...

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Environmental Infection

Impact of Pure Air dehumidification technology on OR suite air supply at O’Connor Hospital

In August 2014, an Alfa Laval Pure Air dehumidification system was entered into a fourteen (14) month study with a...

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Hand Hygiene | 6.16.20

A Guide to Selecting the Right Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Solution for Your Hospital

Over the last decade, a new hand hygiene compliance monitoring method has gained in popularity: automated or electronic hand hygiene...

Hand Hygiene | 6.16.20

The Science of Compliance: What Drives Hand Hygiene Compliance and How Can We Improve it?

It is well-understood that hand hygiene is one of the most effective strategies to prevent the transmission of infection available...

Hand Hygiene | 6.15.20

The ROI of Electronic Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring: The Value Your Hospital Can Realize by Making the Switch

While there are many options available to measure and track hand hygiene compliance, electronic hand hygiene compliance monitoring can offer...

Hand Hygiene | 6.15.20

Immediate Feedback Yields Immediate Impact: How Hand Hygiene Compliance Monitoring Influences Behavior Change

Numerous studies have shown that improving hand hygiene compliance and sustaining that improvement requires ongoing measurement of hand hygiene performance...

Environmental Infection | 6.9.20

Impact of Pure Air dehumidification technology on OR suite air supply at O’Connor Hospital

In August 2014, an Alfa Laval Pure Air dehumidification system was entered into a fourteen (14) month study with a...

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

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COVID-19 | 5.18.20

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GHX COVID-19 Information Center: Actionable Insights, Tools

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Environmental Infection

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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Hand Hygiene

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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Diagnostics

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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Care Settings

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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Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization

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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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

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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Health Information Technology

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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  • Diagnostics
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  • Decontamination, Disinfection and Sterilization
  • HAIs: Types and Pathogens
  • Health Information Technology