This week is International Infection Prevention Week!

This week is International Infection Prevention Week, and American Nurse Today recognizes the importance of raising awareness of infection prevention. American Nurse Today offers several...

Sexually transmitted diseases: An update on retesting guidelines and reinfection prevention strategies

Approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year.1 To help healthcare providers (HCPs) treat these infections and prevent new...

Updated guidelines for sepsis management

A new study from the University of Arizona Health Sciences reveal updates to sepsis management. Sepsis, a life-threatening infection that can cause the immune system...

High-level disinfection and sterilization

Nurses should have reprocessing knowledge, training, and competency. Takeaways  In 2018, more than 50% of hospitals surveyed by The Joint Commission were found to be...

Revisiting CLABSI prevention strategies: Pt 1

Follow the basics to keep your patients safe. Takeaways: · Central line–associated bloodstream infection prevention requires meticulous attention to insertion, care, and maintenance of central lines. ·...
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How dirty is your cellphone?

You wash your hands…maybe you should clean your phone PATIENT SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK is March 10-16, 2019. Are you aware of these facts? Preventable medical...
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Candida auris: Nurses’ response to an emerging threat

Identifying, treating, and preventing an elusive infection Takeaways: Candida auris (C. auris)is an emerging pathogen that can be difficult to identify, spreads quickly, and is...
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Mobile devices and healthcare-associated infections

Nursing research—a win for nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Mobile handheld devices are being used at more often in healthcare settings.  These devices have the potential...
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NICE Network: Nurses leading change in infection prevention

The power of RNs to effect change By Sametria McCammon, MSPH, and Sharon Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C For 2 years, the Nursing Infection Control Education (NICE)...
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New CDC guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections

A new format and structure allows for timely updates and distribution. Takeaways The 2017 updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surgical Site Infection Guidelines...
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Evidence-based strategies to prevent ventilator-associated pneumonia

Defined as pneumonia that develops within 48 of endotracheal intubation, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is the most common hospital-acquired infection in critical care units. It...