April 2018 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The April 2018 issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter has published.

The issue identifies some of the most pertinent infection prevention and control news from April. Topics covered in this issue include revisions to the AORN surgical attire guideline, challenging Joint Commission infection control standards, FDA warning about endoscope connectors, flu vaccine efficacy and new technology.

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March 2018 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The March 2018 issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter has published.

The issue identifies some of the most pertinent infection prevention and control news from March. Topics covered in this issue include AAAHC standards, duodenoscope compliance, antibiotic stewardship and influenza.

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Phenelle Segal to Present ASC Infection Prevention Update at FSASC Quality & Risk Management Conference

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, founder of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), will present at the 2018 Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgical Centers' (FSASC) Quality & Risk Management Conference, April 19-20 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld.

Segal is scheduled to present on Thursday, April 19, from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Her topic is "Infection Prevention Update – Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection."

The description of her session is as follows: "This year highlights a major update of the 1998 'Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection' and includes strategies that are important in the outpatient setting as well as inpatient. The presentation will also include antimicrobial stewardship as it pertains to the ASC setting."

Arrange an on-site meeting in Orlando or schedule a phone consultation with Phenelle by contacting ICCS.

Phenelle Segal Writes White Paper on Nasal Decolonization

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Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, Founder and President of Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS), has written a white paper for Infection Control Today on nasal decolonization.

The white paper is titled "Nasal Decolonization's Broadening Application: Replacing Contact Precautions." Its summary is as follows:

"Despite the continued growth of evidence that universal decolonization is more effective than targeted screen and isolate protocols in reducing HAIs, concerns for antibiotic over-use has fostered the reluctance of some to adopt the universal approach. With the availability of a nonantibiotic nasal decolonization alternative, infection preventionists, infectious disease personnel, nursing managers accountable for HAIs on their units, surgeons and other professionals responsible for patient care and safety have reason to re-consider the advantages of universal decolonization. These advantages extend to several areas in which the reduction of MRSA infection and transmission is paramount, most certainly including efforts to reduce the use of contact precautions."

This white paper discuss the following:

  • The history of contact precautions for patients with MRSA
  • Assessing the benefits of contact precautions
  • Negative impacts associated with the use of contact precautions
  • The road to reducing the use of contact precautions

To download the white paper, visit this webpage.

February 2018 Issue of Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter Published

The February 2018 issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter has published.

The issue identifies some of the most pertinent infection prevention and control news from February. Topics covered in this issue include new duodenoscope protocols, challenging AAAHC standards, new C. diff recommendations, opioid use, hand hygiene and the flu vaccine.

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