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"Lawsuits change behavior and big lawsuits can make big changes." So said an attorney for plaintiffs who sued Olympus Corporation and Virginia Mason Medical Center (VMMC) for failing to provide adequate cleaning and sterilization instructions for its duodenoscope. Surgeons at VMMC used a contaminated Olympus...

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide America's medical community with research and data to help it provide citizens with the best care possible. A major focus of the CDC is infection control and prevention, and the health care leader recently released a...

Epidemiologists - those scientists who study the incidence and pathology of infections - keep an eye on hospital-acquired infection statistics (HAIs) as an indicator of the presence of pathogens in health care settings. Even though a hospital or medical clinic is a haven for healing,...

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...

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 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...