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The Insidious Dangers of Disposable Isolation Gowns—and How to Address Them
Infection Prevention

The Insidious Dangers of Disposable Isolation Gowns—and How to Address Them

Isolation gowns are a longstanding infection control tool across hospital settings. These garments are intended to safeguard patients and clinicians by preventing the spread of disease-causing micr...

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Exploring Oral Hygiene’s Role in Reducing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Evidence-based Medicine

Exploring Oral Hygiene’s Role in Reducing Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a lung infection that develops 48 hours or more after initiating invasive mechanical ventilation. Mechanical ventilation assists breathing in patients who h...

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Legal Perspective: Employee’s Alleged Use of Soiled Scissors Results in Real Harm
Risk Management

Legal Perspective: Employee’s Alleged Use of Soiled Scissors Results in Real Harm

A home care client suffered infection and leg amputation after an employee allegedly trimmed dead skin off the client's foot with rusty scissors that had been used to cut off a soiled diaper. In a ...

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Service and Support Animals: What Policy Is Right for Your Organization?
Risk Management

Service and Support Animals: What Policy Is Right for Your Organization?

According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), individuals with disabilities must be allowed to be accompanied by their service animals in all areas of a place of public accommodation. ADA...

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Could Natural Language Processing Help Close Gaps in Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Events?
Infection Prevention

Could Natural Language Processing Help Close Gaps in Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Events?

Natural language processing (NLP) is an increasingly ubiquitous form of artificial intelligence (AI). Best described as where computer science meets linguistics, it uses computational linguistics a...

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How To: Safe Administration of Vaccines
Infection Prevention

How To: Safe Administration of Vaccines

​​​​​​​​Vaccinations are an important tool for building immunity to prevent illness, disability, and death resulting from infectious diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preve...

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Candida Auris Cases Are on the Rise. How Can Infection Prevention Respond?
Infection Prevention

Candida Auris Cases Are on the Rise. How Can Infection Prevention Respond?

​​​​​​​​Candida auris (C. auris)—an emerging fungus considered an urgent antimicrobial resistance (AR) threat—is on the rise in the United States. According to Centers for Disease Control and Preve...

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Hand Hygiene: Fundamentals to Prevent HAIs
Infection Prevention

Hand Hygiene: Fundamentals to Prevent HAIs

​​​​​​​​Proper hand hygiene by healthcare workers is considered to be one of the most important practices for preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) (CDC "Guideline for Hand Hygiene"). ...

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Building Effective Policies for Comorbidity Management
Aging and Ambulatory Care

Building Effective Policies for Comorbidity Management

​​​​Policies for managing comorbidities, as well as multimorbidity and multiple chronic conditions, vary based on the medical conditions involved; therefore, developing a uniform policy is not nece...

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