Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention
Wherein we ponder vexing issues in infection prevention and control, inside and outside the hospital.
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Click here for an excellent commentary on the Ebola epidemic by Dr. Paul Farmer in the London Review of Books. I was particulary struck by this paragraph: I’ve been asked more than once what the formula for effective action against Ebola might be. It’s often those reluctant to invest in a comprehensive model of prevention and care for the poor who ask for ready-made solutions. What’s the ‘model’ or the ‘minimum basic package’? What are the […]
By Lab, of course, I mean my yellow lab Mindo, pictured above during this morning's walk along the Iowa River. Look carefully and you’ll note a few important things: (1) she is alert, poised, vigilant for any potential threat (including, in her case, a random squirrel or rabbit); (2) she nonetheless appears calm—she understands that loud barking, tail-chasing, and similar behaviors are wastes of energy, counterproductive, foolish; and finally, (3) she is a dog, and probably […]
It's Saturday morning and I'm sitting at my dining room table trying to reflect on and process the events of the last week. Without a doubt, this week will go down in the annals of infection prevention as a pivotal time point. Hospitals across the country furiously raced to prepare for Ebola, propelled by the unfortunate news of transmission of the virus to two nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. I'll share with you the lessons of this incredibly interesting week:Texas Presbyterian […]
Thoughts of the day. Start reading at the bottom (or not). Be careful out there.
A lot of us woke up again to the horrible news that yet another health care worker in Dallas has acquired Ebola from the index patient during patient care. There are a lot of accusations flying around most of which will prove misleading or unfounded and some others might be true. We do not know. My sense of the situation is that what we learned from the first transmission still applies. We have further evidence that the standard way of wearing droplet/contact precautions during routine […]
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