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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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Environmental Infection

Less Can Be More: Evaluating Quality vs. Quantity of Disinfectant Kill Claims

Healthcare associated infections cause an undue burden on the U.S. healthcare system with costs in the billions of dollars annually....

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Environmental Infection

PDI Acquires Majority Share of Tru-D® SmartUVC

PDI, a global leader in infection prevention products and solutions, today announced the acquisition of a majority share of Tru-D®...

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Hand Hygiene

Technical Review & Assessment of PURELL Healthcare CRT HEALTHY SOAP

Nationally and internationally-recognized hand hygiene guidelines permit healthcare facilities to choose whether to use an antimicrobial or a non-antimicrobial soap....

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Welcome to Industry Perspectives!

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) created Industry Perspectives to help supplement your clinical knowledge as an infection preventionist (IP) with best practices and evidence-based information related to infection prevention products, solutions, and services.

Designed to meet your needs, this site provides easy access to information on and the research behind products and services so you can better understand, evaluate, and use innovations in infection prevention and control for improved patient safety. Industry Perspectives gathers and sorts the information, allowing you to search by topic for the information you need. Content from industry undergoes a rigorous review process, is clearly identified as coming from healthcare companies, and will focus on best practices and evidence-based solutions, with emphasis on informing, educating, and broadening the knowledge base for your infection prevention and control practice and program.

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APIC Research Committee Chair Timothy Landers, PhD, RN, CNP, CIC about Industry Perspectives.


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Free Webinars: Infection Control in Ultrasound to Manage COVID-19

Receive free CE while learning about infection prevention approaches in the use of ultrasound, an important tool in the fight...

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COVID-19 Infection Control Resources for Ultrasound

The use of ultrasound is essential in the fight against COVID-19, and properly covering disinfecting ultrasound probes and systems is...

COVID-19 | 3.28.20

CloroxPro.com COVID-19 Hub

Clorox Healthcare is committed to doing everything we can to help keep the healthcare industry safe and informed. We have...

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SARS-CoV-2 Pathogen Education Sheet

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-2019) Outbreak Protection by Pall Breathing System Filters in Mechanical Ventilation

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA provides guidance on production of alcohol-based hand sanitizer to help boost supply, protect public health

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COVID-19 | 2.18.20

APIC’s Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Fact Sheet

APIC has created a new fact sheet for infection preventionists (IPs) to share with their colleagues and patients during the...

Hand Hygiene | 2.4.20

The Ultimate Guide to Healthy Hands

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PDI Acquires Majority Share of Tru-D® SmartUVC

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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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