Infection Control

Infection Control Articles by Topic: Staff Training

Editor’s pick: Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 47, November 20, 2012

    Speak Your Truth, by Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, delivers effective strategies for improving...

Blog spotlight: When disrespect becomes a safety issue

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 43, October 23, 2012

    A dysfunctional culture rooted in widespread disrespect is a significant barrier to patient safety...

Take advantage of Patient Safety Monitor’s Talk Group

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    Members and nonmembers alike can take advantage of Patient Safety Talk, one feature of Patient...

Blog spotlight: HHS announces awards to prevent and respond to infectious diseases

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 34, August 21, 2012

    Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that nearly $50 million...

Hospitals fail to report adverse events, according to OIG

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    An estimated 60% of adverse events occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems, yet only...

Editor’s pick: Strengthening survey readiness: Lessons learned from successful accreditation programs

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 30, July 24, 2012

    Meet high standards in regulatory readiness with the best practices and advice presented in this...

Blog spotlight: Is power of the people a good thing in healthcare?

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2012

    More and more, hospitals are being publicly rated by the patient. Plenty of websites cater to this...

Electronic medical records allow quick identification of outbreaks

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2012

    Public health officials are finding that an increased use of electronic medical records has allowed...

Editor's pick: Assessing Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 25, June 20, 2012

    Quality Improvement for Nurse Managers: Engage Staff and Improve Patient Outcomes clearly outlines...

CDC researches venous thromboembolism in adult hospitalizations

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2012

    More than 500,000 hospitalized adults acquire venous thromboembolism (VTE) on average each year...

Officials investigate hepatitis C outbreak in N.H.

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2012

    Nine patients and one hospital employee in New Hampshire have now been linked to an outbreak of...

Editor’s pick: Assessing the Risk: Suicidal Behavior in the Hospital Environment of Care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 24, June 13, 2012

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Editor’s pick: Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 23, June 6, 2012

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Fatigue causes loss of effectiveness for surgical residents

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 22, May 30, 2012

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Editor’s pick: Chapter Leader’s Guide Series

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 21, May 23, 2012

    These practical books provide chapter leaders with simplified explanations of individual chapters...

Free tool: Nursing Professional Development Needs Assessment Form

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 20, May 16, 2012

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Editor’s pick: Making Your Data Work

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 19, May 9, 2012

    The Joint Commission, state agencies, and others are demanding solid data proving increased patient...

Editor’s pick: Hassle-Free Nursing Professional Development: Time-Saving Strategies for Four of Your Biggest Challenges

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 13, March 28, 2012

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Providers’ advanced life support skills decline before required re-training

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 12, March 21, 2012

    Healthcare providers’ advanced life support skills decline within a year of training if those...

Nurses' access to data improves quality of care

  • Patient Safety Monitor Insider, Issue 8, February 22, 2012

    Making data available and accessible for all nurses could have a tremendous impact on patient care...

Tip of the week: Consult Q&As regarding multidose vials

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 32, August 11, 2010

    There has been much more attention recently on multidose vials, particularly the expiration date of...

Call for submissions: Have a great infection control policy, checklist, or tool?

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 22, June 2, 2010

    Take this opportunity to share your expertise and be recognized by your peers in the...

Tip of the week: CDC reminds labs about VRSA prevention

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 20, May 19, 2010

    After confirming the 11th case of vancomycin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) since 2002, the...

Tip of the week: Celebrate hepatitis month by ensuring your workforce is protected

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 19, May 12, 2010

    May is Hepatitis Awareness Month with May 19 marked as World Hepatitis Day, giving healthcare...

SSI bundle reduces post-cesarean sections infections by 84%

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 18, May 5, 2010

    Infection prevention bundles have been used more frequently in healthcare facilities, particularly...

Choosing safety despite your manufacturers’ options

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 5, May 1, 2010

    Sharps safety devices are only one consideration for employers. When it comes to employee safety...

New games bring out the geek in IC training

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    If you’re having difficulty training your younger demographic about infection prevention...

Tip of the week: Train your employees in their own language

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 17, April 28, 2010

    One of the lesser-known OSHA requirements involves non-English safety training for employees who...

OSHA enforcement focuses on Spanish-language training

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 16, April 20, 2010

    Making sure that employers provide non-English OSHA training, when needed, will soon become an...

Top three IC struggles in ASCs, according to a surveyor

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 14, April 7, 2010

    Since the new CMS Conditions for Coverage, ASCs have been forced to look harder at the infection...

Evaluating decontamination procedures prior to sterilization

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 4, April 1, 2010

    A major part of that process is decontaminating and properly cleaning equipment before actual...

New concerns arise with antibiotic-resistant organisms

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 3, March 1, 2010

    Over the past several years, MDROs have become a leading concern for IPs attempting to reduce their...

Tip of the Week: Download essential compliance tools

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 3, January 20, 2010

    On OSHA Healthcare Advisor we’ve compiled a list of the top five most downloaded compliance...

OSHA releases respirator safety videos

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 2, January 13, 2010

    On January 8, OSHA posted two videos that address key safety concerns for healthcare workers using...

Strict IC program protects cancer patients from H1N1

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 1, January 6, 2010

    In the spring of 2009 Seattle faced a 100-fold increase in H1N1 influenza cases, threatening...

Study looks at parenteral nutrition and its effect on bloodstream infections

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Typically when IPs evaluate bloodstream infection rates, their initial thoughts turn to central...

IC discipline: Successfully approaching violators

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 1, January 1, 2010

    Unless they work in a medical facility with perfectly compliant employees, IPs are usually forced...

Optimal instrument cleaning between patients

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 52, December 30, 2009

    Healthcare workers responsible for instrument disinfection and sterilization are under pressure to...

STERIS releases transcript of FDA call

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    Although it’s considered “unofficial,” STERIS released a transcription of the...

Patients can affect clinician hand hygiene compliance

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 50, December 16, 2009

    A recent study released by the CDC and Premier healthcare alliance, in collaboration with Catholic...

Medical students suffer needlestick injuries most often

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    Not only are medical students most commonly stuck by needles, many of them fail to report injuries...

NIOSH blog offers respirator Q&A

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 48, December 2, 2009

    A previously published NIOSH blog post is one of the most informational and authoritative resources...

WHO guidance addresses H1N1 in TB patients

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 46, November 18, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement to healthcare managers regarding TB...

Demand for H1N1 shots shuts down flu hotline

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 44, November 4, 2009

    Before flu season came into full effect, many medical facilities established telephone hotlines to...

Bringing down infection rates quickly

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 11, November 1, 2009

    On June 31, the New York State Health Department released a report detailing the HAI rates of...

AMA releases Web-based flu assessment

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 43, October 28, 2009

    Last week the American Medical Association launched a new online tool for patients and healthcare...

Tip of the week: Keep Lysol at home

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 43, October 28, 2009

    Although Lysol might be effective in killing 99% of bacteria on your kitchen counter, it’s...

CMS clarifies flash sterilization requirements

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 42, October 21, 2009

    Last week CMS clarified its position on flash sterilization in ambulatory surgery centers...

Feds say protect workers with respirators, not masks, for H1N1

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 42, October 21, 2009

    The CDC updated the interim guidance on H1N1 protection for healthcare workers recommending...

Treat suspected patients with antivirals ASAP

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 42, October 21, 2009

    The CDC released recommendations Sunday advising clinicians to initiate early antiviral treatment...

Florida nurse suspended after reusing IV supplies

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 40, October 7, 2009

    Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL has suspended a nurse for allegedly reusing...

Tip of the Week: Utilize the CDC's flu algorithm

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 40, October 7, 2009

    The CDC has released an algorithm for adults older than 18 years old with influenza-like illnesses...

New ICU technology could improve IC processes

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 10, October 1, 2009

    Imagine you could interact with multiple patients, diagnose and treat their illnesses, administer...

H1N1 rap gives winning advice

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 39, September 30, 2009

    Not all H1N1 training needs to be dry or monotonous. In fact, ten individuals have found ways to...

Get the flu shot or wear a mask

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 38, September 23, 2009

    While New York has initiated an emergency regulation that requires most healthcare workers in the...

HAIs cost Australia $1 billion a year

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 36, September 9, 2009

    A study out of Queensland University of Technology in Australia estimates that sick or injured...

Nurses voice concern on H1N1 preparation

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 35, September 2, 2009

    A survey conducted by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee...

Steam sterilization is on Joint Commission’s radar

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 9, September 1, 2009

    After working with multiple professional and trade organizations on the common and proper use of...

H1N1 could infect half of the United States

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 34, August 26, 2009

    A presidential panel estimates H1N1 (swine flu) could infect half of the U.S. population this...

IOM weighs evidence on respirators for H1N1 protection

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 33, August 19, 2009

    The debate continues—whether healthcare workers need to wear respirators, most likely N95s...

Federal officials reduce number of expected H1N1 vaccines

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 33, August 19, 2009

    Last week federal officials cut back their original estimate of H1N1 flu vaccine doses expected in...

Tip of the week: Improve your vaccine compliance

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 33, August 19, 2009

    Before worrying about H1N1 vaccines, many facilities are concentrating on improving their seasonal...

APIC takes strong stance on safe injection practices

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 32, August 12, 2009

    On July 30, APIC published a position paper promoting safe injection practices as the absolute...

Tip of the week: Clean equipment between all patients

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 32, August 12, 2009

    In many outpatient settings it is standard procedure to routinely decontaminate procedure chairs...

Electronic surveillance systems increase efficiency

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 8, August 1, 2009

    The demands on today’s IP are extensive. In addition to managing and educating frontline...

Examining The Joint Commission's position on sterilization

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 30, July 29, 2009

    A recent Joint Commission position statement on sterilization procedures has created a buzz in some...

Healthcare safety debated in Vegas

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 30, July 29, 2009

    Last week, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals assembled for a two-day summit with...

The rising role of the infection preventionist

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 29, July 22, 2009

    There’s no question the job of an infection preventionist is becoming increasingly important...

Tip of the week: Prepare your outpatient facility with CDC guidelines

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 29, July 22, 2009

    What medical practices experienced this past spring with influenza pandemic may be nothing compared...

Tip of the week: Hand hygiene tools to help with compliance

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 28, July 15, 2009

    The Joint Commission is offering Measuring Hand Hygiene Adherence: Overcoming the Challenges, a...

Tip of the week: Prepare for H1N1 management

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 27, July 8, 2009

    The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released a “National Strategic Plan...

Tip of the week: Following CMS guidelines

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 26, July 1, 2009

    It’s been just over a month since CMS initiated its new Conditions for Coverage for...

Swine flu scare provides real-time preparedness training

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    For years, the CDC has proclaimed that the potential of a pandemic is not a question of if, but...

N95 fit testing during a pandemic

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 7, July 1, 2009

    When the novel influenza A H1N1 virus, or swine flu, hit Mexico and subsequently the United States...

Community-acquired MRSA may affect HAI rates

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 25, June 24, 2009

    Data presented at the 36th International APIC meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL indicates that cases...

Tip of the week: AORN cartoon offers IC training

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 25, June 24, 2009

    Sometimes the best training involves training your eyes to recognize IC and safety hazards.

WHO raises pandemic alert to phase six

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 24, June 17, 2009

    On June 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the pandemic alert to phase six indicating...

Survey reveals IC deficiencies in MRI centers

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 22, June 3, 2009

    In July 2008, Peter Rothschild, M.D., released a white paper that detailed a lack infection...

New antibiotic organism elicits CDC recommendations

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    Although much of the focus of MDROs has been on MRSA, a relatively new, and potentially more...

Train the Trainer, reducing MRSA rates with positive deviance

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 6, June 1, 2009

    : Few question the ingrained hierarchy present in most healthcare facilities. In many cases...

CDC guidance for CRKP

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) or carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae is...

California adopts aerosol transmissible disease standard

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    In light of the recent swine flu outbreaks, California adopted a standard to protect workers from...

Tip of the Week: Medicare IC conditions are helpful for anyone

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 21, May 27, 2009

    As of May 18, Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery centers (ASC) need to comply with the new...

The great scrubs debate

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 20, May 20, 2009

    An ongoing debate in the infection control community has been whether or not healthcare...

Washington State passes two IC bills

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    In case you’ve been following along with Washington’s state legislation, Tuesday was an...

South Dakota urology clinic cited for IC deficiencies

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 18, May 6, 2009

    Siouxland Urology Center in Dakota Dunes, SD may have exposed more than 5,000 patients to hepatitis...

Greening your hospital without sacrificing IC

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    It’s not uncommon for IPs to raise a caution flag when they hear the words “going...

APIC campaign can benefit visitors and staff

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 5, May 1, 2009

    If you are looking for a free and easy training tool requiring little time or effort, you may want...

Swine flu updates

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    In a matter of days, what began as a few suspected cases of swine flu in Mexico has elevated to...

Tip of the week: Review surgical infection prevention measures

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 17, April 29, 2009

    A report released by Consumers Union says that hospitals have made progress implementing surgical...

Three VA patients test HIV-positive

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    You may remember a couple weeks ago we reported on an investigation by the U.S. Department of...

Facilities not ready for pandemic flu

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    A new report compiled by the AFL-CIO and six unions found that the nation’s healthcare...

Are box fans an infection control violation?

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    It’s almost that time of year again to start using air conditioners and fans to cool down...

Tip of the Week: Ensure hand hygiene compliance

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 16, April 22, 2009

    On April 14, The Joint Commission released a free monograph intended to help healthcare...

Chicago and Boston hospitals face infection scares

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 15, April 15, 2009

    Hundreds of patients were potentially exposed to TB at three Chicago hospitals when a Northwestern...

Funding aims to cut catheter infections

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 14, April 8, 2009

    After a study conducted by the Michigan Health & Hospital Association’s Keystone Center...

Secret shoppers help improve hand hygiene compliance

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    If you want to see someone’s true behavior, watch what they do when they think no one is...

Make support staff part of infection control

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 4, April 1, 2009

    The support services area of IC, including housekeeping and the janitorial staff, plays a...

Tip of the Week: Rethink the way you throw away gowns

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 12, March 25, 2009

    A new infection control technique involving the disposal of paper hospital gowns is a simple, but...

MRIs become a cleaning concern

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 10, March 11, 2009

    Dr. Peter Rothshild, president of Patient Comfort Systems and renowned MRI expert released his...

WHO launches hand hygiene campaign

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new hand hygiene program in which hospitals can...

Tip of the Week: Keep your dishwasher limited to dishes

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 9, March 4, 2009

    Occasionally, particularly in a physician’s office, staff members will use a dishwasher to...

Preventing disease transmission is focus of IC.02.03.01

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Under Joint Commission standard IC.02.03.01, an organization must work to prevent the transmission...

Overcome challenges to reduce surgical site infections

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    The operating room (OR) can be a world unto itself. It’s physically separated from the rest...

Eight tips to help you conduct a thorough outbreak investigation

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 3, March 1, 2009

    Tracking down the source of an infectious disease outbreak is the stuff television dramas are made...

Ten states to participate in infection control study

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and...

Tip of the week: Follow safe injection practices

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 8, February 25, 2009

    A new campaign, called "The One and Only Campaign" was unveiled by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV...

Washington hospitals adopting consistent colors

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    Hospitals in Washington state plan to implement procedures for isolation precautions, which uses...

Who's to blame for an HAI?

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 7, February 18, 2009

    Infection preventionists are feeling pressure from all angles. New CMS policies are cutting...

Florida hospital named in infection control lawsuit

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 6, February 11, 2009

    Last week, OSHA Healthcare Advisor posted news about a report from the Associated Press regarding a...

Construction and renovation could mean additional IC responsibilities

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    In the healthcare setting, there are a tremendous amount of factors to consider during construction...

Tip of the Week: Go ahead and use that hand sanitizer

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 5, February 4, 2009

    Maybe you haven’t thought about it, but at least a couple people have wondered whether...

New CDC guidelines: Current and comprehensive

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    The CDC issued updated disinfection and sterilization guidelines November 18, 2008, in a...

This patient rights standard has implications for IC

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    A new 2009 Joint Commission standard requires hospitals to tell patients that the facility may need...

Three hospitals share their award-winning infection prevention strategies

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 2, February 1, 2009

    Three of the five Joint Commission 2008 Ernest A. Codman Awards were bestowed on hospitals whose IC...

Q&A: End-of-the-day exam room cleaning

  • OSHA Healthcare Connection, Issue 3, January 20, 2009

    Q: I’m concerned that housekeeping staff are not cleaning and replacing the paper on exam...

HHS issues action plan to prevent HAIs

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 2, January 14, 2009

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has unveiled a plan that establishes a set...

Heads up on Joint Commission news

  • Infection Control Weekly Monitor, Issue 1, January 7, 2009

    This week The Joint Commission changed one of its infection control (IC) standards for 2009...

C. diff more prevalent than previously believed

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 1, January 1, 2009

    A new nationwide APIC study shows the number of C. diff infections may be six to 20 times higher...

Dress for IC success

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 12, December 1, 2008

    In September, the neonatal ICU (NICU) at Maine Medical Center in Portland adopted a new dress code...

Audits and training critical to food safety

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    With MDROs and other dangerous hospital-associated infections to contend with, foodborne illnesses...

Can training IC liaisons really save your sanity?

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 10, October 1, 2008

    Many ICPs are juggling a host of regulatory requirements these days and consequently find...

Taking on UTIs: A bundled approach

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    Urinary tract infections (UTI) may not be the most expensive or life-threatening infections, but at...

Crisis management starts at home but doesn't end there

  • Briefings on Infection Control, Issue 9, September 1, 2008

    The Joint Commission's surveyors may be tough, but they're nothing compared with a natural...