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An often overlooked but critically necessary nursing specialty is that of the Infection Control Nurse. During a regular workday, every medical professional faces the myriad of bacteria, fungus, and disease that accompany their patients into the clinic. A dedicated Infection Control Nurse identifies those contaminants,...

Every health care facility benefits from the services of an Infection Control Consultant to ensure the safety of its patients and staff. Clinics needing an infection-focused professional on staff must be careful to scrutinize the education and experience of all applicants to be certain that...

Even as advances in modern medicine are eradicating diseases and illness, today's health-care facilities including hospitals are still struggling to reduce or eradicate the many types of hospital acquired infections (HAIs). The pathogens that cause HAI's, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, are introduced into...

The Importance/Principles of Infection Control Nurses Infection prevention doesn't just happen. Every medical facility has infection-control experts on staff to ensure infectious agents such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses are destroyed or contained before they can harm any patient. In many facilities, infection control nurses are...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requires all health care facilities seeking CMS financial reimbursement to meet exacting "Conditions of Participation" standards for controlling infections. Within each facility, the Sterile and Materials Processing Department (also known as "sterile supply") is responsible for ensuring...

In America, Medicare and Medicaid pay for primary health care services for millions of people. In 2015,   Medicare reported over 55 million enrollees, and in 2017, Medicaid reported over 74 million enrollees, for a total of 129,000,000 people receiving federal health care benefits from the...

The number of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has risen alarmingly in the past few years. Reported incidents of noncompliance with IC.02.02.01 rose from an industry average of 20 percent of all reported cases in 2009 to approximately 60 percent in 2016. Reports submitted to the Joint...

"Community-acquired infections" (CAI's) occur in all parts of the world and can be caused by several types of pathogens. Many factors, such as climate change, the aging population and the ease of global travel have contributed to the widespread exposure of the global population to...