Volume XII, Number 1

NEWS FEATURE

          • Opportunities to Enhance Environmental Cleaning in Hospitals

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

          • Are there any guidelines for the removal of Contact Precautions for patients with MRSA in hospitals?

REGULATORY/LEGISLATIVE

          • NC Study law 1738 for Mandatory Reporting of HAI Redone by Legislature

COURSES AND CONFERENCES FOR THE INFECTION CONTROL PROFESSIONAL

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

          • NC System for Hospital Infections Measurement
          • New APIC-NC EVA CLONTZ Scholarship for CBIC review course
          • UNC research shows vaccine for stomach flu may be possible
          • New inhaled TB vaccine developed
          • MRSA Parent Guide available in 16 languages
          • Humorous DVD Video encourages proper coughing, sneezing techniques
          • New website on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
          • Bloodstream infection rates reduced with chlorhexidine bathing
          • Tip of the week: Another way to track hand hygiene compliance
          • CDC – A “Never” Event: Unsafe Injection Practices
          • Current List of FDA-cleared High-level Disinfectants and Chemical Sterilants

RECOGNITIONS

Volume XII, Number 2 

NEWS FEATURE

          • Virus Transfer from Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Employees’ Skin and Clothing

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

          • I have been told that healthcare facilities should have splash guards built next to sinks in some situations. Can you clarify the rationale and provide references?

REGULATORY/LEGISLATIVE

          • Hand Hygiene and The Joint Commission (TJC)

COURSES AND CONFERENCES FOR THE INFECTION CONTROL PROFESSIONAL

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

        • 2008 International Infection Prevention Week, October 19-25, 2008
        • NCHA System for Hospital Infection Measurement (NC SHIM)
        • New Rule for Dialysis Centers
        • CMS issues final rule, tables some IC measures
        • Joint Commission’s 2009 IC standards posted
        • Prevention and Control of Influenza – Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2008

 

Volume XII, Number 3

NEWS FEATURE

          • CDC Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities, 2008

QUESTION OF THE MONTH

 

          • What is NC DETECT?

COURSES FOR THE INFECTION PREVENTIONIST

 

NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

          • New IP Consultant Joins SPICE
          • APIC Study Shows Clostridium difficile Infection Rates Greater than Previous Estimates
          • Infectious Diseases the Number Two Killer Worldwide
          • Drugs in the Pipeline May Fight MRSA
          • New Compendium of Strategies for Preventing Healthcare-associated Infections Provide Practical Guidance
          • Checklist Outlines Legal Issues of Pandemic Flu Planning
          • GAO Report says 23 states Now Require Public Reporting of HAIs

RECOGNITIONS