Welcome to Transmission Control – an infection prevention podcast focused on your appetite for trailblazing thought, discussion, and innovations that will help you make informed decisions. Each episode, we speak with public health experts and safety champions from across the globe as they share their experiences, passion and opinions. From investigative journalism to medical publications, we tackle the real world barriers to limiting the spread of disease. Whether you’re tuning in for education, inspiration or to hear the stories that need to be told, thank you for joining us. And now, get ready to blast off with your weekly injection of insight on Transmission Control.
Dynamic Cleaning: The Interplay Between Humans & Technology in Environmental Cleaning & Disinfection
Why should hospitals take a dynamic approach toward technology supporting the infection prevention and control efforts of environmental services? Tune in to this week’s episode of the Transmission Control podcast and find out! Often times, hospital procedures are in direct conflict with the desired outcomes for patients. Marc-Oliver Wright joins Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to talk about how IP professionals can determine whether there are human or systems issues that need to be addressed.
Historic Shortage: Infection Prevention Staffing in the Pandemic & Beyond
The pandemic not only required more Infection Prevention & Control professionals to manage the urgent call for support, but it also expedited retirement plans for many nurses who were in the high risk age group. Hospitals now find themselves struggling to fill existing positions as they attempt to expand their Infection Prevention and Control teams. On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Jacob Hutcherson joins Justin Poulin and Dr. Larry Muscarella to talk about IP recruiting amid the pandemic.
Safety in Every Touch: Environmental Services of Care
Environmental Services touches every surface of the hospital, but do we always recognize how integral they are to the infection control team? Additionally, EVS workers have direct patient contact but have you considered how much influence they have on the patient experience? Darrel Hicks has made a lifelong career advocating the important role that EVS technicians play in healthcare, touting training and certification.
Short on Time: Current Threats and Challenges in Long Term Care
There is no doubt that Long Term Care facilities were hit hard during the pandemic. In many cases, these facilities do not have a dedicated infection control practitioner on staff which represented a significant gap in preparedness planning and exacerbated the struggles of reacting quickly and effectively to the viral threat. On this week's episode of Transmission Control, Buffy Lloyd-Krejci joins Dr. Lawrence Muscarella & Justin Poulin to discuss long standing challenges in this sector of public healt
Basic Instinct: Bacterial Survival Techniques, Biofilm and Future Threats
You may be familiar with biofilm but what do you know about small colony variants -- and the impact that they have on infection control and public health? All living organisms have a universal prime directive, which is to survive. What does that mean for those of us whose prime directive is to protect our patients against infectious agents? On this week's episode of Transmission Control, we talk to Wava Truscott, PhD. MBA about how bacteria adapt to their environment and become stronger.
At Risk?: Addressing GI Patient Populations & Facility Risk Assessments
Within the world of GI endoscope reprocessing there exists a debate on whether or not sterile water should be used during procedures versus tap water. Running parallel to that debate is whether the industry should move to the sterilization of flexible scopes, continue with high level disinfection (HLD), or consider conversion to single use disposable endoscopes that have recently entered the market. Jim Collins, BS, RN, CNOR of the Cleveland Clinic joins us for this episode to continue the conversation!