Infection Prevention Resource Center

Nurse Role in Norovirus Response

Its transmission methods are multiple – fecal/oral route, person-to-person, touching contaminated objects, aerosolization! It doesn’t have a lipid envelope so alcohol and many detergents don’t kill it. It can live for 12 hours on hard surfaces and up to 12 days on fabrics. It…

Raising C. Diff Awareness

In healthcare we put the knowledge we have learned to use each day. Many of us are on the front line, working in environments where resilient bacteria live and thrive. Among them is Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, which shows little or no sign of losing momentum…

Soft-Surface Contamination

This article appeared Feb. 27 in the online edition of ADVANCE. Trillis, F., et al. (2008). Contamination of hospital curtains with healthcare-associated pathogens. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 29(11), 1074-76 Ohl, M., et al. (2011). Hospital privacy curtains are frequently and rapidly contaminated with potentially pathogenic…

Soft-Surface Contamination

What’s wrong with this picture: a nurse enters a hospital room, does a thorough handwashing, pulls back the privacy curtains and attends to a patient? The hard-to-spot flaw in this scenario is that the nurse’s conscientious efforts at hand hygiene are compromised by one…

Dirty Dozen of Infection Control: Seek and Find

How sharp are your skills in identifying infection control violations? ADVANCE asked nurses at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE, to create a room that would be an infection control nightmare. Beebe nurses put their heads together and staged an isolation room with 12 infection control no-no’s.…

Preventing Surgical Infections

Surgical procedures are increasingly common and complex in the U.S. More than 30 million people undergo surgery each year. Surgical teams now operate in ambulatory care centers, freestanding facilities and physicians’ offices. Unfortunately, whatever the setting, some patients develop surgical-site infections (SSIs). The true…

The Dirty Dozen in Infection Control

How sharp are your skills in identifying infection control violations? ADVANCE asked nurses at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes, DE, to create a room that would be an infection control nightmare. Beebe nurses put their heads together and staged an isolation room with 12 infection control no-no’s.…

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