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Confessions of an Infection Prevention Junkie Leave a comment Read more »

Confessions of an Infection Prevention Junkie

Let’s get it out on the table; I am an infection prevention junkie.  I am the guy who watches the 24-hour news cycle for stories related to the happenings in the world of “germs, microbes, pandemics, epidemics, outbreaks” and such.  Here are just a few…

Of Hospitals and Airplanes Leave a comment Read more »

Of Hospitals and Airplanes

On March 26, 2014, the media department of the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released this news, “Despite Progress, Ongoing Effort Needed to Combat Infections Impacting Hospital Patients” (go here: to read the news release). Here is a quote from the…

Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate Leave a comment Read more »

Joint Commission and IHI Collaborate

The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s Targeted Solutions Tool™ (TST) for Hand Hygiene is featured in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) newest Expedition program: “Impacting Hand Hygiene at the Frontline.” The Expedition’s six web-based sessions, which begin July 30, 2013, are designed to…

Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5--C. diff Cleaning Leave a comment Read more »

Infection Prevention Q & A Part 5–C. diff Cleaning

Question-What is the best cleaning procedure and product to use when cleaning C. diff patient’s room? Answer-The control of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) within an isolated patient’s room is essential for current and future patients. It’s the out of control nature of watery diarrhea that…

Infection Prevention Q&A--Part 4 Leave a comment Read more »

Infection Prevention Q&A–Part 4

Question: What are the top FIVE activities in cleaning that will have the greatest impact on safety and health? Answer: Here is my own list of the top 5 activities necessary to impact the health and safety of the public: 1. Train and re-train Hygiene…

Fear the Curtain-Part 3 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain-Part 3

In “Fear the Curtain” Parts 1 and 2, I attempted to define the current state of affairs as it relates to privacy curtains in hospitals. First, healthcare workers and patients frequently touch privacy curtains before, during and after care encounters. This may promote transfer of…

Fear the Curtain--Part 2 Leave a comment Read more »

Fear the Curtain–Part 2

BACKGROUND The Problem with Privacy Curtains: Science has demonstrated time after time that privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with pathogenic microorganisms. Within days of clean curtains being placed around the patient’s bed, 95% were contaminated on at least one occasion (21% with MRSA;…

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