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News Releases

  • 02/28/2017

    Hospital floors may pose a larger health risk than previously thought

    Hospital room floors may be an overlooked source of infection, according to a study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). Because items in the patient’s room may touch the floor, pathogens on hospital floors can rapidly move to the hands and high-touch surfaces throughout a hospital room.

  • 01/31/2017

    Existing reprocessing techniques prove insufficient for flexible endoscopes

    Current techniques used to clean endoscopes for reuse are not consistently effective, according to a study published in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). The findings of this study support the need for careful visual inspection and cleaning verification tests to ensure that all endoscopes are free of damage and debris before they are high-level disinfected or sterilized and used on another patient.

  • 01/05/2017

    Eight years of decreased MRSA healthcare-associated infections associated with VA Prevention Initiative

    The Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Health Administration’s campaign to limit healthcare facility-associated infections (HAIs) of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) continues to make significant progress, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 11/29/2016

    Study suggests handwashing compliance in child care facilities is insufficient

    Child care personnel properly clean their hands less than a quarter of the times they are supposed to, according to a study published in the December issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 11/04/2016

    WHO releases surgical site infection guidelines

    The World Health Organization (WHO) released the "Global Guidelines for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection." These new guidelines include 29 concrete recommendations to address the spread of infections and avoid superbugs that account for more than 400,000 extra hospital days and place patients at risk. Infection preventionists are encouraged to become familiar with the recommendations in these guidelines. Learn more.

  • 10/31/2016

    Social media proves effective as a tool for antimicrobial stewardship

    Arlington, Va., October 31, 2016 – A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine examines the use of social media platforms to inform young physicians about proper use of antimicrobial agents such as antibiotics. Currently, as much as 50 percent of all antibiotic use is inappropriate, leading to such unintended consequences such as antibiotic toxicity and increased antimicrobial resistance. Ensuring optimal use of antibiotics continues to be a central public health concern, and medical residents are a central focus of efforts to improve education in this field. But the question remains as to the best way to reach them

  • 10/14/2016

    ‘Break the Chain of Infection’ during IIPW

    To raise awareness about the importance of infection prevention, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) is leading the annual observance of International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 16-22, with a series of online events and resources for consumers and healthcare professionals highlighting ways to break the chain of infection.

  • 09/29/2016

    Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

  • 08/19/2016

    What you need to know about Zika virus

  • 08/18/2016

    New infographic on preventing infections in ambulatory surgery centers

    The new infographic, “It Takes a Team,” has tips for ASC leaders, caregivers, patients and families on ways they can keep patients safe from harm.

  • 06/15/2016

    CDC issues health alert on first mcr-1 gene in E. coli bacteria found in a human in the U.S.

  • 06/14/2016

    Access all APIC 2016 News releases

  • 06/13/2016

    APIC honors its 2016 Heroes of Infection Prevention

    The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) announced seven recipients of the Heroes of Infection Prevention Award, which honors infection preventionists who have successfully helped to reduce infection, raise awareness, and improve the health and well-being of patients, healthcare workers, and the public.

  • 06/10/2016

    Study finds little consistency for UTI prevention in nursing homes

    A survey of nearly 1,000 nursing homes in the U.S. found little consistency across facilities of policies implemented to prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to a new study presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/10/2016

    The Hawthorne Effect hinders accurate hand hygiene observation, study says

    When healthcare providers know they are being watched, they are twice as likely to comply with hand hygiene guidelines. This is in comparison to when healthcare providers do not know someone is watching, according to a new study being presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). This phenomenon—called The Hawthorne Effect—impacts the ability to capture accurate human behavior because individuals modify their actions when they know they are being observed.

  • 06/09/2016

    More than 75 percent of STD-negative patients receive antibiotics

    A study of emergency department (ED) patients with symptoms of gonorrhea or chlamydia found that three in four patients who were treated with antibiotics actually tested negative for these sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), according to a new study presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

  • 06/09/2016

    Seeing is believing: Visual triggers increase hand hygiene compliance

    Can you use the “ick factor” to get healthcare workers to clean their hands more often? Yes, according to a new study being presented on June 11 at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)

  • 05/20/2016

    CDC establishes Zika pregnancy registry

    As part of the response to the Zika outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments, established a pregnancy registry for comprehensive monitoring of pregnancy and infant outcomes following possible Zika virus infection. The registry is an active surveillance system of pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the 50 U.S. states and DC, and in the U.S. territories. 

  • 04/22/2016

    Listen to Sanjay Saint’s inspirational TED Talk

  • 04/11/2016

    Handwashing gets skipped a third of the time in outpatient healthcare: study