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Guest Editor: Don’t Stop Now
The pandemic gave infection control the attention it deserves, and it’s up to facility leaders to keep it that way.
Working Toward Our Goal of Zero SSIs
A mix of protocols, patient education and policy adjustments have combined to keep our center’s infection rate below 0.4%.
Surface Disinfection Done Right
Effective cleaning requires the proper tools, tactics and technologies — and a safety-first culture.
Rigid Protocols for Flexible Endoscope Reprocessing
Standardization is the only way to ensure instructions for cleaning and high-level disinfecting are followed to the letter.
Simplify the Skin Prepping Process
Standardized protocols render incision sites as clean as possible before surgery.
It's Time to Focus on Nasal Decolonization
Understanding the seriousness of staph infections can get your team to buy into infection-reducing protocols.
Hand Hygiene Enforcement Done Right
Designated auditors, frequent and formal evaluations and a top-down culture of compliance are the keys to success.
Sterilized With Certainty
ATP testing improves the effectiveness of instrument cleaning and ultimately decreases the risk of SSIs.
Patient Warming Helps Prevent Infections
Comfort is important, but there’s a crucial safety component to maintaining normothermia.
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