Infection Prevention

November 2015 Vol. 10 No. 11

Author: Cass Piper Sandoval, MS, RN, CCNS, CCRN

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) remain a significant problem for most hospitals, despite a decade of focused improvement efforts using evidence-based guidelines. One type of HAI, central-line associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI), carries a mortality of 12% to 25%. CLABSIs also can be costly for hospitals, extending patient stays. The . . .

April 2015 Vol. 10 No. 4

Author: Stefan Rowniak RN, FNP, PhD

There is much to celebrate in the battle against acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is increasing life expectancy of people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection to near normal levels. Even more optimistic news was reported at the 2012 International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. Studies presented . . .

The American Nurses Association has compiled numerous resources and news updates about the current Ebola outbreak that can be accessed on their site by clicking here. Proper preparation and information makes a substantial difference in stopping the spread of infection here and abroad . . .

There’s been a lot of talk recently about enterovirus-D68, and all nurses can benefit from being better informed about how to stop the spread of pathogens of this type. The CDC has put together a site covering information on non-polio enteroviruses that can be accessed by clicking . . .

Visit the CDC’s digital hub for the latest updates and information about the current Ebola outbreak. To educate yourself about the guidelines currently recommended by the CDC, access their site by clicking here . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Juanita Ebert Brand, EdD, RN, MSN, WHNP-BC; Debra Siela, PhD, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, CCRN-K, CNE, RRT; Virginia A. Caine, MD; and Shandy Dearth, MPh

Ebola… the word conjures up the thoughts of dark, steamy jungles and grim healthcare providers working feverishly in primitive conditions to battle a deadly—yet geographically isolated—disease. Today, we see Ebola in a different light as patients return from abroad for treatment and we hear of the first case . . .

October 2014 Vol. 9 No. 10

Author: Marie-Elena Barry, DNP, RN

Health care professionals are at high risk for exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases and infections. Safeguard yourself, your patients, and your family members. Make sure you and your patients are up to date with recommended vaccines.
What is the difference between a vaccine and an immunization?
A vaccine is an . . .

June 2014 Vol. 9 No. 6

Author: Cindy Lefton, PhD, RN

On June 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released “Vital Signs: Foodborne Norovirus Outbreaks — United States, 2009–2012.” Access the report . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released “Screening for hepatitis B virus infection in nonpregnant adolescents and adults,” which recommends screening in patients at high risk for infection. Read a summary and access the full recommendations . . .

May 2014 Vol. 9 No. 5

Author: David Foley, MSN, RN, MPA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published information about Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) for healthcare professionals. The information includes interim guidance, case definitions, and preparedness. Read more . . .

April 2014 Vol. 9 No. 4

Author: Miriam O. Young, MSN, RN

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released “Guidelines for the screening, care and treatment of persons with hepatitis C infection.” Access the guidelines . . .