Infection Prevention Spotlight

         Podcast

 

hosted by

 

Kara Mullane

Infection Preventionist

RN, MSN, CIC

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This podcast can help!

 

I know how hard it can be to find time to keep up, be heard, and connect -- so let me help.

 

Join me as we explore today's most pressing infection-prevention challenges and meet the amazing practitioners, researchers, and industry leaders working to solve them.

You're not alone out there! Meet me here and we'll support each other on our way to better health outcomes for everyone. 

~ Kara

Episode 40

April 8, 2021

What is the Occurrence of Respiratory Viruses on School Desks?

First, a discussion with Dr. Jordan Peccia about his team's findings in their study "Occurrence of Respiratory Viruses on School desks." Then, Dr. Mohamed Yassin summarizes Dr. Danielle Durant's research article "Can Patient-Reported Room Cleanliness Measures Predict Hospital-Acquired C. difficile Infection?" Today’s it's all about environmental cleanliness and how it can affect our health!

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 39

March 5, 2021

Effect of C. diff. Infection Reduction Bundle on Infection, Diagnosis, and Prevention!

This episode we hear from Dr. Natalia Blanco about her and her team's study in the March 2021 issue of AJIC: "Impact of a C. difficile infection (CDI) reduction bundle and its components on CDI diagnosis and prevention."

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 38

March 2, 2021

Legionella and Water Management Safety in the time of COVID!

Chris Boyd, General Manager for Building Water Health, NSF Health Sciences tells us why water management in healthcare settings is so vital to patients health. Chris is a wealth of information, you don't want to miss this!

Episode 37

February 11, 2021

MRSA SSI Survivor, Rosie Bartel, Shares her Story!

We have the great fortune to be speaking with Rosie Bartel, Survivor of a massive MRSA SSI infection.   Rosie shares her story and shows us how one person can help change the behaviors of healthcare professionals to keep other patients safe. You won’t want to miss this.

Episode 36

February 4, 2021

A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Larson, Infection Prevention Pioneer!

Listen as Dr. Elaine Larson shares her personal journey over 50 years as a nurse and Infection Preventionist, the changes she's seen and what she sees ahead.

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 35

January 21, 2021

Are Your Endoscopes Fully Dried? Moisture Hinders Sterilization! 

Michelle Nerandzic and Nancy Robinson from the STERIS corporation discuss their findings on moisture left behind in endoscopes after cleaning and sterilization. We discuss the resulting infection risk and other patient safety issues. Join us!

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 34

January 14, 2021

Can Your Own Germs Make you Sick? Yes They Can!

 

Sue Barnes, RN, CIC, FAPIC spotlights: Mitigating Risk of Staphylococcus aureus Healthcare Associated Infections

 

Patients with Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization - both sensitive and resistant strains (MSSA) and (MRSA) - are at dramatically higher risk of peripheral and central line bloodstream infections along with Surgical site infections. This is especially true in high-risk populations such as ICU patients.  Sue talks strategies. Join Us!

 

Episode 33

December 17, 2020

Make High-Touch Surfaces Disinfect Themselves!

In this episode we learn how one company is harnessing one of the oldest known antimicrobials -- copper -- to prevent infection transmitted from high-touch surfaces. We speak with Dr. Emily Hunt and Benton Allen, members of the team who developed Copper Clean™ Patches, durable, antimicrobial copper stickers shown to be effective at killing dangerous microbes.

Join us as we learn about this exciting new tool for preventing exposure from high-touch surfaces.

 

Episode 32

December 14, 2020

Stopping Routine Use of Contact Precautions for MRSA & VRE Management and the Impact on HAIs.

Dr. Elise Martin discusses her research with Dr. Sarah Haessler, et al, in the December 2020 AJIC issue on stopping the routine use of contact precautions for management of MRSA and VRE. Then, Dr. Yassin's summary of another major article by Dr. Elizabeth Monsees, et al, on the "Implementation of a Nurse-Driven Antibiotic Engagement Tool in 3 Hospitals."

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 31

December 1, 2020

Stopping Infections with New Standards and Technology!

 

What if nursing school student hand hygiene failed 70 percent of the time? What if one-third of hand-rub dispensers failed to deliver the needed amount to sufficiently sanitize hands? Studies have found both to be so, so come on the hand hygiene journey with Tamás Haidegger, co-founder of HandInScan. We discuss the new International Organization for Standardization ISO 23447 that is being developed to address hand hygiene training, compliance bench marking, performance/feedback, and facility requirements for healthcare settings, including gel dispenser functionality.

Episode 30

November 3, 2020

The Research Behind Infection Prevention:

Do Care Bundles Really Stop SSIs?


Today is all about surgical site infection prevention bundles! We bring you two important AJIC summaries from the Nov 2020 issue and then Dr. Mohamed Yassin and I share our thoughts and experiences with bundle implementation and effectiveness.

This episode brought to by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight.

Episode 29

October 8, 2020

The Research Behind Infection Prevention:

Cost of Prevention vs. Infection — And The Winner Is?


Meet physician & Infection Preventionist Dr. Mohamed Yassin & hear his key summaries from the October 2020 American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC): cost of nfection vs. prevention and then aerosol-disinfection of bacterial spores.

This episode brought to by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight.

Episode 28

September 3, 2020

The Research Behind Infection Prevention:

Meet AJIC's new Editor-in-Chief and then hear about two important new C. diff. prevention articles in this month's AJIC.

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight.

Episode 27

August 3, 2020

The Research Behind Infection Prevention:

Safer N95 usage by healthcare workers was achieved with "Reflective Practice Intervention" respiratory protection training -- find out how!

 

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight.

Episode 26

June 25, 2020

The Research Behind Infection Prevention:

Bacterial load on privacy curtains and their potential role as reservoirs of bacterial pathogens.

This episode brought to you by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) and Infection Prevention Spotlight.

Episode 25

January 31, 2020

Infection Prevention Basics Work

Against the New Coronavirus Too!

Episode 24

November 22, 2019

The Research Behind Infection Prevention: 

CIED Infection Prevention with Antibacterial Envelopes

Episode 23

October 18, 2019

It's the time of year again to review and celebrate our successes in keeping patients safe from infection -- and to get a jump on the fresh challenges ahead!

Episode 22

August 6, 2019

The Research Behind Infection Prevention: 
Reducing CAUTIs with Chlorhexidine Cleaning

Episode 21

July 31, 2019

The Research Behind Infection Prevention: 
MRSA Decolonization

Episode 20

April 19, 2019

Don't Get Sick in the Hospital
-- From the Hospital!

Episode 19

March 13, 2018

The Peggy Lillis Foundation's Work to Stop C. difficile:
An Interview with Christian John Lillis   

Episode 18

March 12, 2018

Hand Hygiene Citations?

Episode 17

February 25, 2018

Kara Reads the Abstract!
 

[Feb 2018, Vol 46 No 2 | Dec 2017 Vol 45 No 12] A baumannii Outbreak in the NICU and Blue blub microbial profile.

Episode 16

February 13, 2018

What You Need to Know About Sepsis:
Interview with Thomas Heymann of Sepsis Alliance

Episode 15

February 1, 2018

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Nov & Dec 2017, Vol 45, No 11 & 12] Improving Central Line Maintenance and Nurse Driven CAUTI Prevention.

Episode 14

January 29, 2018

Is Your Hand Hygiene Really Effective?
Interview with Dr. Tamas Haidegger on the Semmelweis' hand hygiene system

Episode 13

January 23, 2018

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

[Dec 2017, Vol 45, No 12] A national collaborative approach to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes: A qualitative assessment; Successful strategy to decrease indwelling catheter utilization rates in an academic medical intensive care unit.

Episode 13

January 23, 2018

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

[Dec 2017, Vol 45, No 12] A national collaborative approach to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes: A qualitative assessment; Successful strategy to decrease indwelling catheter utilization rates in an academic medical intensive care unit.

Episode 12

January 21, 2018

The Flu and You!

Episode 11

November 17, 2017

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Oct 2017, Vol 45, No 10] Prospective clinical trial to assess peripheral venous catheter-related phlebitis using needleless connectors in a surgery department; Outbreak of imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in different wards at a regional hospital related to untrained bedside caregivers.

Episode 10

November 17, 2017

My Journey to Infection Prevention Spotlight

Episode 9

November 4, 2017

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Aug 2017, Vol 45, No 8] Risk Factors of cardiac device infection: Glove contamination during device procedures and Identification of low, high, and super gelers and barriers to hand hygiene among intensive care unit nurses.

Episode 8

October 31, 2017

Interview with Nurse-Inventor Neil Morris, 
Creator of the Single-Use Disposable Wash Basin Liner 

Episode 7

October 26, 2017

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Oct 2017, Vol 45, No 10] Healthcare worker perspectives of their motivation to reduce health care-associate infections and Bacterial biofilm-based catheter-associated urinary tract infections: Causative pathogens and antibiotic resistance.

Episode 6

October 16, 2017

C.difficile Prevention: Beyond the Basics

Episode 5

October 16, 2017

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Sept 2017, Vol 45, No 8] Efficacy of the WHO recommended hand washing technique and a modified washing technique to remove C.diff from hands; Hand Hygiene compliance in a universal gloving setting.

Episode 4

August 7, 2017

Germ Theory and Hand Hygiene

Episode 3

October 13, 2017

Kara Reads the Abstract! 

 

[Sept 2017, Volume 45, Number 9] Inappropriate CNA glove us in long term care; Transmission of MRSA to HCW gown and gloves during care at a VA nursing home; Can patient Hand Hygiene have an impact on C.diff at an academic medical center. 

Episode 2

August 18, 2017

Infection Preventionist's Role in Antibiotic Stewardship:
An Interview with Sue Barnes

Episode 1

August 7, 2017

Welcome to the Infection Prevention Spotlight Podcast!