HAIs: Types and Pathogens

The Hidden Danger of Biofilms

Biofilms are complex communities of microorganisms that can attach to both biotic and abiotic surfaces and represent one of the...

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Hand Hygiene

Optimal Skin pH and Why It Matters

Healthy skin is fundamental to our overall health. As the largest organ in our body, the skin provides a critical...

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Antiseptic Stewardship: A Call to Action

The use of commercially available topical and surface antiseptics has increased as a result of antibiotic resistance and the antimicrobial...

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HAIs: Types and Pathogens

Clostridioides difficile Infection Prevention: the Role of Patient Bathing and Issues with Current Practice

Infections with Clostridioides difficile (CDI) remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality despite recent decreases in reported rates. A...

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Hand Hygiene

Unraveling the Mystery of The Joint Commission Survey: What is the Expectation Around Hand Hygiene?

Hand hygiene in healthcare settings is complex and building a high-quality hand hygiene program isn’t easy. Since 2004, The Joint...

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Environmental Infection

The bioMérieux EPISEQ®CS offering is a new Epidemiology Service to help healthcare institutions manage outbreaks

It’s estimated that one in 31 patients in the US suffers from a healthcare associated infection (HAI) and costs are...

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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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The Hidden Danger of Biofilms

Biofilms are complex communities of microorganisms that can attach to both biotic and abiotic surfaces and represent one of the...

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Healthy skin is fundamental to our overall health. As the largest organ in our body, the skin provides a critical...

Hand Hygiene | 8.6.19

Antiseptic Stewardship: A Call to Action

The use of commercially available topical and surface antiseptics has increased as a result of antibiotic resistance and the antimicrobial...

HAIs: Types and Pathogens | 8.5.19

Clostridioides difficile Infection Prevention: the Role of Patient Bathing and Issues with Current Practice

Infections with Clostridioides difficile (CDI) remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality despite recent decreases in reported rates. A...

Hand Hygiene | 7.8.19

Unraveling the Mystery of The Joint Commission Survey: What is the Expectation Around Hand Hygiene?

Hand hygiene in healthcare settings is complex and building a high-quality hand hygiene program isn’t easy. Since 2004, The Joint...

Environmental Infection | 6.26.19

The bioMérieux EPISEQ®CS offering is a new Epidemiology Service to help healthcare institutions manage outbreaks

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Clostridioides difficile (formally Clostridium difficile) infection educational booklet

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Improving Hand Hygiene Compliance with Innovative Technology and Increased Accountability

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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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