How to Prevent Infection: Five Simple Tips

Let’s say you work in a hospital. If proper infection control is not put into practice, patients with highly contagious infections are a huge risk to others (especially new-borns, the elderly, and those with other illnesses). In fact, an estimated 300,000 patients a year in England acquire healthcare-associated infections, likely due to inadequate infection control.…

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The Infection Preventionist's Role in Construction and Renovation: Before, During and After

| Source: Brandy Moore, RN

The infection preventionist’s involvement in construction and renovation projects goes far beyond daily rounding. It is crucial that IPs be involved prior to construction during the concept and planning phases, as well as after construction has completed, and prior to occupancy. It takes a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that construction and renovation projects will serve both form and function of the completed needs of the space. The IP brings an infection-related mitigation skill set that serves throughout the continuum of this process.…

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HAI Data and Statistics

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)–infections patients can get while receiving medical treatment in a healthcare facility–are a major, yet often preventable, threat to patient safety.…

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Researchers Determine Routes of Respiratory Infectious Disease Transmission on Aircraft

| Source: Georgia Institute of Technology

A recent study conducted by researchers from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found that an infectious passenger with influenza or other droplet-transmitted respiratory infection will most likely not transmit infection to passengers seated farther away than two seats laterally and one row in front or back on an aircraft. The study was designed to assess rates and routes of possible infectious disease transmission during flights.…

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You Asked: Should I Use a Toilet Seat Cover?

| Source: TIME

Some people hover. Some build a nest of toilet paper. And some reach for those hard-to-keep-centered, always-getting-splashed-by-the-prematurely-auto-flushing-toilet seat covers. If you’re in the latter camp, you’ve probably wondered whether the extra effort is really protecting you from something. The answer is yes—though probably not the thing you’re worried about.…

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Norovirus Evades Immune System by Hiding Out in Rare Gut Cells

| Source: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Noroviruses are the leading cause of non-bacterial gastroenteritis in the world and are estimated to cause 267 million infections and 20,000 deaths each year. This virus causes severe diarrhea, nausea, and stomach pain. Although often referred to as the “cruise ship” virus in the United States, noroviruses are an expensive and serious public health problem particularly among young children, the elderly, and immune-compromised patients. Now, in a new study published in Immunity this week, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have used a mouse model to show that, even in immunized animals, noroviruses can escape the immune system and still spread by hiding out in an extremely rare type of cell in the gut.…

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UC Research Shows Ticks are Even Tougher and Nastier Than Previously Thought

| Source: University of Cincinnati

Ticks are nasty little survivors, outlasting even dinosaurs as they resist drought, tolerate cold and go months without a meal. They carry a host of diseases that they spread by plunging their barbed mouths into you like a grisly oil derrick. They're hard to remove and even harder to kill. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are examining the tick's defenses, looking for ways to prevent tick-borne illnesses such as Lyme disease.…

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