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As the summer winds down, ICCS has summarized 10 of the most significant stories published on infection prevention and control in August 2016.
To Cover or Not to Cover: Surgical Attire in the Operating Room (ICCS Special Report) — On August 4, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) released a statement on professional attire for surgeons in and out of the operating room. Aspects of the statement have created significant confusion among hospital and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) staff.

AORN Responds to ACS Statement on Surgical Attire (published by AORN) — The ACS statement on operating room attire stimulated discussion in the perioperative nursing community. In response to numerous calls from members and nonmembers, AORN reviewed the ACS statement in detail, and provided information to guide all perioperative team members in their desire and commitment to provide high quality safe patient care.

Outbreaks Associated With Duodenoscopes: New Challenges and Controversies (published in Medscape) — Recent outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae related to duodenoscopes have resulted in new regulations. This review, summarizes findings from recent duodenoscope-related outbreaks, highlight what is known about the risk of transmission from these devices and discuss controversies about current recommendations to prevent transmission.

FDA Recommends Health Care Facilities Stop Using Custom Ultrasonics’ System 83 Plus Automated Endoscope Reprocessors for Reprocessing Duodenoscopes (published by FDA) — ICCS recently published a blog discussing this important recommendation and shared some advice facilities should follow. To read the blog, click here.

AHRQ's "It Takes a Team" Infographic on Preventing Infections in Ambulatory Surgery Centers (developed as part of the AHRQ Safety Program for Ambulatory Surgery, a national safety effort funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

ASCA Report: Infection Control Issues Top CMS 'Most Cited' List (published by the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association (ASCA)) — Infection control issues are the most cited during surveys by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), according to a report in ASC Focus, the official magazine of ASCA.

Reduction of Healthcare-Associated Infections by Exceeding High Compliance with Hand Hygiene Practices (published by Emerging Infectious Diseases journal) — A program designed to improve hand hygiene compliance among hospital staff successfully engaged all healthcare personnel in monitoring and improving their own hand hygiene compliance. This pursuit of excellence for hand hygiene compliance led to substantial HAI reductions hospital wide.

Time of Day Influences Our Susceptibility to Infection, Study Finds (published by Infection Control Today) — We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research.

The benefits of a team-based approach to ASC infection control compliance (published by Becker's Infection Control & Clinical Quality) — Ambulatory surgery centers often do not have a person dedicated to infection control, so a team approach can help ensure compliance with infection prevention protocols.

Zika Virus Spreads to Miami Beach, Prompting Warnings (published by ICCS) — As the fear of Zika virus infections continues to plague Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on August 19 that "pregnant women should not travel to an area of Miami Beach where local Zika virus transmission has been confirmed."
 
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