October 17, 2016
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APIC observes International Infection Prevention Week

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The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, or APIC, is spearheading the annual observance of International Infection Prevention Week, occurring this week from October 16 to 22, according to a press release.

The campaign, established by President Ronald Reagan in 1986, is observed every third week in October to raise awareness about the significance of infection prevention efforts. This year’s theme, “Break the Chain of Infection,” aims to illustrate how the public and health care professionals can prevent the spread of infections in the community and health care settings.

To promote the campaign, APIC developed a new infographic demonstrating the six links of infection, which include the infectious agent, reservoir, portal of exit, mode of transmission, portal of entry and susceptible host. The organization also is hosting several online events, including a webinar and Twitter chat.

Credit: APIC

APIC developed a new infographic to raise awareness about the significance of infection prevention during International Infection Prevention Week.

Source: APIC

“We are proud to lead this awareness effort and elevate the conversation about ways both health care professionals and consumers play a significant part in infection prevention,” APIC CEO Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE, said in the release. “With support from numerous health organizations and industry partners, we are able to expand the reach of these important patient safety messages.”

To mark the occasion of International Infection Prevention Week, Infectious Disease News has compiled a list of the top five recent stories that discuss issues in infection prevention and ways to improve infection control.

Implementation of UTI prevention policies varies across nursing homes

Observance of various urinary tract infection prevention policies and practices appears inconsistent across nursing homes in the United States, according to survey results of nearly 1,000 facilities recently presented at the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology annual conference. Read more.

Infection prevention in hospitals: The importance of hand hygiene

Infectious Disease News spoke with several experts about the proven benefits of hand hygiene and new technologies used to measure hand hygiene compliance.

“There are multiple papers that show adherence to hand hygiene, according to the WHO guidelines, is usually around 50% to 60%,” Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, Anna C. Maxwell professor of nursing research and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing, said in an interview. “It has begun to change, slowly, since WHO published its new guidelines in 2009, but it takes a long and sustained effort, and a multifaceted intervention to change behavior that is already ingrained.” Read more.

Central line infection prevention bundle reduces catheter use, CLABSI

An infection prevention bundle effectively reduced dwell time, central venous catheter use and central line-associated bloodstream infection in a recent study.

“The reduction of health care–associated infection is a nationally important issue, and we have demonstrated the substantial impact that can be made within a single unit with a bundle of interventions,” Rowena McMullan, FRACP, and Adrienne Gordon, PhD, both from the department of newborn care at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Women and Babies, Sydney, Australia, wrote. Read more.

CMS proposes rule to improve infection prevention, reduce inappropriate antibiotic use

CMS has announced a rule proposal aimed at “strengthening Conditions of Participation related to infection prevention and antibiotic prescribing in U.S. hospitals and critical-access hospitals.” According to the agency, the rule applies to 6,228 hospitals and critical access hospitals that participate in Medicaid or Medicare.

CMS projects that the proposed requirements, which builds on initiatives from the CDC, HHS, Partnership for Patients and the National Quality Strategy, could save hospitals $284 million each year, improve care and save lives. Read more.

Infection control may have stopped MERS spread in South Korea dialysis unit

BOSTON — After implementing infection control measures, a hospital dialysis unit in South Korea observed no spread of Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS, after the illness was confirmed in one patient on hemodialysis.

The surveillance and isolation interventions were conducted in a dialysis unit in Seoul during the 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea — the largest outside Saudi Arabia — which included 186 confirmed cases, including 36 deaths. Read more.

For more information: www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.