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Technology's Role in Infection Control

Technology’s Role in Infection Control

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Evaluating suppressive therapies to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections: A literature review

Because of increased antibiotic resistance rates, healthcare providers need to determine the usefulness of non-antibiotic suppressive therapies for women experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The authors reviewed the literature to ascertain which, if...

Boosting HPV vaccination rates: A call to action

Faculty Nancy R. Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, is a nurse practitioner at Michigan Healthcare Professionals in Farmington Hills and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit,...
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Position Statement: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse practitioners...

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 resources, including our Technology’s Role in Infection Prevention Advisor Series,...

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 infections, the CDC has issued Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015, an...

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 to attack the body, has a mortality rate of 20%....

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 noncompliant with high-level disinfection and sterilization standard IC.02.02.01, EP2.  Careful...

Revisiting CLABSI prevention strategies: Part 2

Learn about central line care and maintenance. Takeaways:  Advocate for newer central line dressing options (such as subcutaneous securement) that avoid suturing.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update to the 2011 guidelines for...

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. · Collaboration between front line staff, the infection prevention team, and...

Infection prevention reality

We know what to do, but we don’t always do it.   WITH the launch of American Nurse Today’s new monthly section on infection prevention, I want to highlight the pivotal role nurses play in preventing...
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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 errors are the third leading cause of death in the...
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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 hard to treat. Nurses should be concerned with unusual patterns...