50% Accuracy is not Acceptable

The COVID-19 tests we are using to detect the virus have an accuracy rate of 50%.  We are depending on Chinese tests to determine the presence of Coronavirus.  The last 4 tests approved by the FDA Emergency Use Act (EUA) were manufactured in China.  There are no tests currently made in the US.  The Chinese…

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Americans are Spoiled

We live our lives doing exactly what we want whenever we want.  And then comes the pandemic. All of a sudden, we can’t leave home.  We have to wear a mask.  We can’t go to movies or concerts.  Even the beach is off limits. BUT… not everyone listens.  Do we not know the concequenses?  What…

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Infection Preventionists: Too Much to Do, Too Little Time

How do Infection Preventionists (IP) do it all? Survey results of many IPs document the increasing tasks required by facility administration as well as federal and state authorities. Often, acute care facilities do not budget for enough personnel to carry out the responsibilities facing IPs. Some of the responsibilities include: Surveillance… which includes case findings, data…

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Value in Reducing HAIs

Infection prevention is on the mind of just about everyone in healthcare but that doesn’t mean Infection Preventionist (IP) don’t have to show their programs have value. Promoting the value of infection prevention programs and securing the resources necessary to ensure the continued viability of such programs has become imperative for the IP.   In the…

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Even the NBA Champs Can Get MRSA

A study was conducted by researchers to determine MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) colonization in asymptomatic athletes to estimate the risk for subsequent MRSA infection. About 1% of the population carries MRSA on their skin. They can also have the bacteria in their nasal cavity, on the groin or under arm area. The bacteria can be…

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