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Infection Control

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Hospitalized Patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)
This updated guidance recommends standard, contact, and airborne precautions. In addition, it emphasizes additional elements of infection prevention and control programs that should be in place to prevent the transmission of any infectious agents including respiratory pathogens such as MERS-CoV in healthcare settings.
http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/mers/infection-prevention-control.html

CDC Protocol to Detect Bacterial Contamination of Duodenoscopes
CDC developed an interim protocol for facilities that want to test their duodenoscopes for contamination with bacteria, including CRE, after the cleaning and disinfection process.
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/outbreaks/index.html

CDC Healthcare-associated Infections Progress Report
This CDC report summarizes data submitted to their National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), the nation’s healthcare-associated infection tracking system.
http://www.cdc.gov/hai/progress-report/index.html

2013 Guide to Preventing Clostridium difficile Infections
Revised and expanded, this APIC guide features up-to-date research and guidance and includes an overview of CDI, strategies for prevention, considerations for specific patient populations, and evolving practices as well as incorporating current regulations.
http://apic.org/Resource_/EliminationGuideForm/59397fc6-3f90-43d1-9325-e8be75d86888/File/2013CDiffFinal.pdf

Management of Drug Resistant Bacteria in Healthcare Settings
This CDC report provides recommendations to guide the implementation of strategies and practices to prevent the transmission of MRSA, VRE, and other MDROs.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dhqp/pdf/ar/MDROGuideline2006.pdf

IP Col-LAB-oration Project
APIC, in collaboration with the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and a multidisciplinary clinical advisory panel, are focused on improving patient outcomes by building a bridge between infection preventionists and the laboratory. The educational kit produced by our expert panel will provide up-to-date and clinically relevant information for infection preventionists and laboratory professionals.
http://labproject.site.apic.org/tools-and-resources/webinars/

SHEA Guideline: Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization of Prion-Contaminated Medical Instruments
Guideline for Disinfection and Sterilization of Prion-Contaminated Medical Instruments published in 2010 provides the latest evidence-based practices which have best demonstrated both safety for equipment and operator, and efficacy.
William A. Rutala, PhD, MPH; David J. Weber, MD, MPH
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, February 2010, Vol. 31, No. 2
http://www.shea-online.org/Assets/files/other_papers/Prion.pdf


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