Practical Infection Prevention

Practical Infection Prevention

Practical infection control and Prevention

Prevent Diabetic Foot Infections to Cut the Risk of Amputation

Prevent Diabetic Foot Infections to Cut the Risk of Amputation

Abstract: Diabetic foot infections are common and preventable occurrences that raise the risk of amputation. Regular foot screenings by a primary care physician are a...
Staphylococcus Aureus

Two Laboratory Tests you Must Demand: Advice from MRSA Survivors and a Scientist

Abstract: Background: More people in the US now die from Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than from HIV/AIDS. Often acquired in healthcare facilities or during...
ESKAPE Pathogens

ESKAPES: Emerging Pathogens of Concern

Abstract: Emerging pathogens in healthcare settings are a concern due to their antibiotic resistant nature. Historically, the water treatment providers have been concerned with Legionella,...
Hepatitis

Hepatitis C Virus Still Unacceptably High Risk for Healthcare Workers

Abstract: Background: A recently published study describes that the prevalence of occupational hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is higher than the general population.  This study...

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS): A Primer

Abstract: Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a rare, acute and sometimes fatal human disease affecting mostly those who live in (or travel to) the...
InfectionControl.tips

Hand Hygiene Compliance Auditing Does Not Work

Abstract: In 2009 the World Health Organization began marketing compliance auditing of the “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” in an effort to improve the hand...
Chicken Pox Party

It’s A (Pox) Party!

Abstract: Chickenpox is a very common childhood disease caused by the Varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It is highly contagious and is found worldwide. There is a...
Nigeria

Nigeria: Hand Hygiene after Pandemics

Abstract: Last year, Nigeria observed how an existential threat from the Ebola pandemic reinforced people’s attitude towards hand hygiene – a strongly held idea and...
Bedside Dispenser

Patient Hand Hygiene: The missing link in preventing Hospital Acquired Infections?

Abstract: Hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) are a major threat to patient safety and there is substantial evidence that good hand hygiene reduces the transmission of...
Hand Sanitizer Dispenser

Show Me Your Hands: Hand Hygiene Myths and Facts

Abstract: The use of hand sanitizers is ubiquitous in public places all over the United States.  Although this promotes better hand hygiene, improper use renders many...