ICCS Infection Prevention & Infection Control Newsletter (January 2019)

2019 began with a busy month for infection prevention and control news. This issue of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter, developed by the Infection Control Consulting Services (ICCS) team of infection prevention consultants, includes tips on skip prep, peel pouches and enzymatic detergents and reports on innovations, AORN guidelines changes, virtual tool for cancer patients, dangers of infection during delivery and antibiotic resistance.

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Tip: Performing Skin Prep Technique Correctly— A recent surge in requests from ICCS clients to review possible and documented surgical site infections prompted this tip.
Tip: Manufacturer’s Expiration Date for Peel Pouch Packs — Are you aware that manufacturers of peel pouch/peel pack items may indicate a product expiration date on the box of individual pouches or the peel pouch roll?
Tip: Determine If Your Enzymatic Detergent Requires a Temperature Test — Do you know that use of enzymatic detergents to clean instruments and devices in preparation for high-level disinfection and/or sterilization may require testing the temperature of water prior to use?
Phenelle Segal Discusses Infection Control Innovations With Outpatient Surgery Magazine— ICCS Founder Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, was a featured source in an Outpatient Surgery Magazine article identifying some of the latest infection control products and practices.
AORN Previews 2019 Guidelines Changes — 2019 brings noteworthy changes to Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) standards.
CDC's Virtual Tool Reduces Infection Risk for Cancer Patients — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation recently launched a virtual tool designed to help cancer patients reduce their infection risk.
Infection During Delivery Linked to Greater Risk of Stroke After Delivery — Women diagnosed with an infection during delivery had a much greater risk of stroke after delivery, according to preliminary research.
Wash. Resident Goes to Mexico for Surgery, Returns with Rare, Possibly Deadly Infection — What started as a low-cost medical surgery in Tijuana, Mexico, turned into one Washington resident developing a rare infection from a potentially deadly strain of bacteria.
Infectious Diseases Experts Call for Coordinated Response to Global Health Issues — The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America called for a renewed commitment for a coordinated multi-country response to the ongoing outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo amid reports of the first U.S. healthcare personnel to be evacuated from the Ebola zone.
CDC Investments Keep Antibiotic Resistance in Check Throughout U.S.  — The recent release of CDC's 2018 Antibiotic Resistance Investment Map highlights a vital link in protecting the health and safety of people throughout the United States and around the world.
Study of MRSA Spread in Brooklyn Religious Enclave Provides Framework for Community-Based Infection Surveillance — The identification of the recent spread of community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) in a Brooklyn religious enclave is helping medical experts better understand how certain high-risk populations can drive the evolution of antimicrobial resistance and identify steps that can be taken to curtail its spread.
ICYMI: Infection Prevention & Control News Year in Review (2018) — Another year is under our belt, so let's look back at what happened with infection prevention and control during 2018 in this special edition of the ICCS Infection Prevention & Control Newsletter.


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