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Technology's Role in Infection Control

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...

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...

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...

Ingestible capsule controlled wirelessly

Researchers have designed an ingestible capsule that can be controlled using Bluetooth wireless technology. The capsule, which can be customized to deliver drugs, sense...

Mobile devices and healthcare-associated infections

Nursing research—a win for nurses and patients. Takeaways:  Mobile handheld devices are being used at more often in healthcare settings.  These devices have the potential...

NICE Network: Nurses leading change in infection prevention

The power of RNs to effect change By Sametria McCammon, MSPH, and Sharon Morgan, MSN, RN, NP-C For 2 years, the Nursing Infection Control Education (NICE)...

New CDC guideline for the prevention of surgical site infections

A new format and structure allows for timely updates and distribution. Takeaways The 2017 updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Surgical Site Infection Guidelines...

Empowering nurses with infection control resources

As the frontline defense in many healthcare facilities, nurses and their knowledge of infection control principles and confidence in infection control protocols are essential to...

Reducing the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infections

Although the incidence of central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) has decreased, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that an estimated 30,100 of...

Bloodstream infections from peripheral lines: An underrated risk

Analytics—the study of data to reveal meaningful patterns—is remaking large swaths of our culture, from business to sports to politics. In health care, applying...