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The Radiology Chain of Asepsis
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:16 AM
When exposing radiographs in a clinical setting, the chain of asepsis must not be broken. Diminishing possible routes of disease transmission, avoiding cross-contamination, and following the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are key to establishing a safe work environment. Although much focus has been placed on reducing the risks posed by aerosols in the dental setting due to the pandemic, infection control protocols for intraoral and extraoral radiology should not be neglected. Read more. 
New Speak Up About Vaccinations campaign from The Joint Commission
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:14 AM
Consumer education campaign to help patients make informed decisions about vaccines. Read more. 
An unheard voice: Infection prevention professionals reflect on their experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:11 AM
The COVID-19 pandemic required a shift away from the evidence-based practices known to infection prevention professionals’ (IPP). Relaying these guidelines to beleaguered front line staff contributed to the experience of moral distress and burnout among IPPs. Read more. 
Long-COVID symptoms in teens may evolve over time
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:09 AM
Long-COVID symptoms in adolescents may change over time, finds a study of nearly 5,100 non-hospitalized 11- to 17-year-olds in the United Kingdom published yesterday in The Lancet Regional Health-Europe. Read more.
Respiratory infections show post-Thanksgiving bump
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:07 AM
Amid rising flu activity causing decade-high hospitalization rates, COVID-19 markers are also rising following the Thanksgiving holiday, prompting new warnings today for Americans to take precautions in the lead-up to Christmas and other year-end holiday gatherings. Read more.
Weekly Rounds: 50% Decrease in C difficile, Top Stories of 2022, and More
Wednesday, December 07, 2022 10:05 AM
Take 5 minutes to catch up on Infection Control Today®’s highlights for the week ending December 2, 2022. Read more. 
2023 may be the most 'catastrophic' year yet for hospital data breaches: 5 reasons why
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:53 AM
In 2023, healthcare organizations will see some of the most "catastrophic" cybersecurity attacks due to constraints on resources needed to implement better security, SC Media reported Dec. 2. Read more.
Covid hospitalizations rising post-Thanksgiving after an autumn lull
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:51 AM
A post-Thanksgiving uptick in covid-19 patients at U.S. hospitals is arriving even as health systems contend with waves of feverish, coughing people stricken with RSV and influenza infections. Read more. 
Effect of face masks on salivary parameters and halitosis: Randomized controlled crossover trial
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:49 AM
Face masking is associated with self-perceived dry mouth and halitosis. Aim of the study was to measure the effect of different face masks on salivary parameters and halitosis. Read more. 
Infectious Disease Update: This Week's Top 5 Stories
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:46 AM
With major updates in HIV, C difficile, hepatitis, yeast infections, and skin and soft tissue infections, this week's Infectious Disease Update has something for everyone. Read more. 
COVID-19 incidence and vaccination rates among Canadian dental hygienists
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:40 AM
Oral health care settings potentially carry a high risk of cross-infection due to close contact and aerosol-generating procedures. There is limited evidence of the impact of COVID-19 among dental hygienists. This longitudinal study aimed to 1) estimate COVID-19 incidence rates among Canadian dental hygienists over a 1-year period; and 2) estimate vaccination rates among Canadian dental hygienists. Read more. 
Pandemic stress prematurely aged teens’ brains, Stanford study finds
Tuesday, December 06, 2022 11:38 AM
A Stanford University study published Thursday found that stress from the COVID-19 pandemic prematurely aged adolescents’ brains, making them more like those of peers about three years older. Read more. 
US lagging Europe in efforts to cut antibiotics in livestock
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:20 AM
A new report indicates the United States is far behind Europe in its efforts to reduce antibiotic use in livestock. Read more. Read more. 
US flu activity soars; hospital cases nearly double
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:18 AM
The early brisk flu season in the United States intensified last week, with hospitalizations almost doubling and most states in the red and purple high or very high zones, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest update. Read more. 
‘Bumpy winter’ for kids predicted as RSV continues to strain central Pa. health care system
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:16 AM
During the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the greatest need for intensive care involved older people. As a result, some intensive care space for children was converted for adults. Read more. 
Biden administration poised to lift monkeypox emergency declaration
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:15 AM
The Biden administration plans to end the public health emergency for monkeypox, officials said Friday, as new cases of the viral disease plummet. Read more. 
Clinicians are feeling the pain of prolonged mask use
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:12 AM
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are experiencing orofacial pain, including temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), related to the ongoing use of N95 filtering facepiece respirators and masks. The perspective was published on December 1 in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Read more.
What Will It Take to Reach HIV Epidemic Control?
Monday, December 05, 2022 11:10 AM
Tremendous achievements have been made in the global HIV/AIDS response, yet obstacles remain before the world reaches the point of eliminating AIDS. Read more. 
International Sharps Safety Awareness Month: One User's Life-Long Experience
Sunday, December 04, 2022 03:48 PM
A long-time user of sharps tells of his challenges with and gratitude for sharps. Read more. 
COVID-19 disruptions in HIV testing and prevention highlight need for innovation and investment before the next public health emergency
Sunday, December 04, 2022 03:45 PM
The nation’s ability to prevent HIV was dealt a hard blow early in the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new CDC analysis published today, on World AIDS Day: Putting Ourselves to the Test: Achieving Equity to End HIV. A rapid rebound in services, however, is a testament to quick, resourceful local innovations that, if scaled up and sustained, could help reach national HIV prevention goals. Read more. 
Dental Healthcare Personnel Protocol Deviations and Self-Contamination During PPE Donning and Doffing
Sunday, December 04, 2022 03:43 PM
This study assessed the risk of self-contamination in dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) when donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) per the CDC guidelines. The donning/doffing steps associated with the most protocol deviations involved hand hygiene, followed by the donning/doffing of disposable gowns. Face masks (donning) and eye protection (doffing) were also highly associated with protocol deviations. Read more.
Assessment of Infectious Diseases Risks From Dental Aerosols in Real-World Settings
Sunday, December 04, 2022 03:41 PM
Infectious diseases physicians are leaders in assessing the health risks in a variety of community settings. An understudied area with substantial controversy is the safety of dental aerosols. Read more.
World flu activity continues to rise, mainly from H3N2
Sunday, December 04, 2022 03:38 PM
Global flu activity rose in the first half of November, mainly due to rising levels in North America, parts of Europe, and a few locations in other regions, the World Health Organization said this week in a regular update. Read more. 
Antibiotics’ Effect on the Mycobiome Varies from Person to Person
Saturday, December 03, 2022 09:05 AM
Antibiotic treatment disrupts the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria in a person’s gut. That disruption can lead to the overgrowth of fungal species in the gut mycobiota, including the common intestinal yeast Candida albicans. However, researchers only have a limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms. Read more. 
CDC launches initiative to test wastewater for polioviruses in some communities
Saturday, December 03, 2022 09:03 AM
With growing concern about the circulation of vaccine-derived polioviruses in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that it would work with select communities across the country to conduct wastewater surveillance for the viruses. Read more. 
Updated CDC’s Core Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Safe Healthcare Delivery in All Settings
Saturday, December 03, 2022 09:01 AM
Adherence to infection prevention and control practices is essential to providing safe and high quality patient care across all settings where healthcare is delivered. Read more. 
New Research Demonstrates a 50% Decrease in Hospital-Onset C difficile Infections
Saturday, December 03, 2022 08:57 AM
Any decrease in the devastation of Clostridioides difficile is welcomed, but an investigative team brought the numbers down by 50%. See what control measures they used. Read more. 
Recounting the Top Stories of 2022
Saturday, December 03, 2022 08:54 AM
A summary of the top stories of 2022, and what to look for in the new year. Read more. 
New Alliance for Healthcare Technology Management in Mexico
Saturday, December 03, 2022 08:52 AM
An official agreement has been signed between the Mexican Hospital Consortium (CMH), TINC, and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), creating a new Alliance for Healthcare Technology Management (HTM) in Mexico. Read more. 
LTC Facilities Face Unique Infection Control Issues During COVID-19 Pandemic
Friday, December 02, 2022 07:17 PM
Integrating home and community, long-term care facilities are supposed to be a haven for patients and their families. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping the patients and the staff safe was a constant battle. An infection preventionist who lived through it discusses the challenges at her facility. Read more. 
Dear Patient: Your dental problems might not be your fault
Friday, December 02, 2022 07:15 PM
No, Amanda Hill isn't advising patients to disregard their role in their oral health—but she does want them to know there are factors beyond what they're doing to care for their teeth and gums. Read more. 
IZ Express #1,666: National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5–9, and more
Friday, December 02, 2022 07:13 PM
IZ Express #1,666: National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5–9, and more. Read more. 
In face of 'tripledemic,' masking mandates might make a comeback
Friday, December 02, 2022 10:38 AM
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) relaxed masking guidelines for healthcare workers in October, some experts voiced concern. Read more. 
Study on masks vs N95 respirators for health workers spurs concerns
Friday, December 02, 2022 10:35 AM
A study today in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that medical masks may offer similar effectiveness as N95 respirators in protecting healthcare workers (HCWs) exposed to COVID-19 patients in certain settings, but experts caution against that interpretation of the results. Read more. 
CDC awards over $3 bln to strengthen U.S. public health infrastructure
Friday, December 02, 2022 10:33 AM
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Tuesday it is awarding more than $3 billion to help strengthen public health workforce and infrastructure across the United States after the COVID-19 pandemic put severe stress on them. Read more. 
MMWR Weekly - December 2, 2022
Friday, December 02, 2022 10:30 AM
Weekly / Vol. 71 / No. 48. Read more. 
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