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Each year 1.7 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occur that contribute to 99,000 deaths and $20 billion in healthcare costs. What makes these numbers even more tragic is that 70 percent of all the HAIs are PREVENTABLE!Infection Prevent Spotlight was created by an Infection Preventionist (IP) certified in Infection Control (CIC) for other IPs and everyone else responsible for keeping patients safe from harm. It's hard for IPs to be responsible for reducing HAIs (CLABSIs, CAUTIs, SSIs, MDROs (C.diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE)) and the harm and deaths they cause as well as the financial costs of these results on Medicare reimbursement and public reporting. As an IP I understand this and that's why I've created this podcast. I wanted to make a safe place to talk about these challenges, understand the emerging issues, share the newest best practices and current research, and to be a place where IPs could support each other in our journey to zero Harm. Infection Prevention and Control spans multiple areas: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient surgery centers, dialysis centers, ambulance companies / emergency management, schools, and even our homes. My hope is that Infection Prevention Spotlight will provide you with the motivation, knowledge, and quick tips to take back to your team, facility, for your own journey where ever it may be and prevent HAIs by engaging, communicating, leading, demonstrating, reviewing, and teaching about: hand hygiene (HH) |hand washing; indwelling catheters; central venous catheters; surgical procedures; isolation procedures / isolation precautions (Contact, Droplet, Airborne); Standard precautions; hospital leadership, IP systems and staff training; personal protective equipment; environmental services; linen / laundry; Reprocessing of non-critical equipment, semi-critical equipment (high-level disinfection), reusable critical equipment/instruments/devices (sterilization); ventilator / respiratory therapy; environmental disinfection / cleaning; antibiotic stewardship; performance improvement; and Survey Readiness. We are stronger together, let’s make it to zero and save lives.

Infection Prevention Spotlight Kara Mullane, RN, MSN, CIC - Infection Preventionist

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Each year 1.7 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) occur that contribute to 99,000 deaths and $20 billion in healthcare costs. What makes these numbers even more tragic is that 70 percent of all the HAIs are PREVENTABLE!Infection Prevent Spotlight was created by an Infection Preventionist (IP) certified in Infection Control (CIC) for other IPs and everyone else responsible for keeping patients safe from harm. It's hard for IPs to be responsible for reducing HAIs (CLABSIs, CAUTIs, SSIs, MDROs (C.diff, MRSA, VRE, CRE)) and the harm and deaths they cause as well as the financial costs of these results on Medicare reimbursement and public reporting. As an IP I understand this and that's why I've created this podcast. I wanted to make a safe place to talk about these challenges, understand the emerging issues, share the newest best practices and current research, and to be a place where IPs could support each other in our journey to zero Harm. Infection Prevention and Control spans multiple areas: hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient surgery centers, dialysis centers, ambulance companies / emergency management, schools, and even our homes. My hope is that Infection Prevention Spotlight will provide you with the motivation, knowledge, and quick tips to take back to your team, facility, for your own journey where ever it may be and prevent HAIs by engaging, communicating, leading, demonstrating, reviewing, and teaching about: hand hygiene (HH) |hand washing; indwelling catheters; central venous catheters; surgical procedures; isolation procedures / isolation precautions (Contact, Droplet, Airborne); Standard precautions; hospital leadership, IP systems and staff training; personal protective equipment; environmental services; linen / laundry; Reprocessing of non-critical equipment, semi-critical equipment (high-level disinfection), reusable critical equipment/instruments/devices (sterilization); ventilator / respiratory therapy; environmental disinfection / cleaning; antibiotic stewardship; performance improvement; and Survey Readiness. We are stronger together, let’s make it to zero and save lives.

    Celebrations and Goodbyes!

    Celebrations and Goodbyes!

    Happy International Infection Prevention Week 2022!
    We are celebrating all the amazing contributors to the podcast over the last 5 years.
    Goodbyes are being said - This is  the last podcast hosted by Kara Mullane, RN, MSN, CIC.

    It would be great if an individual or company would like to take over Infection Prevention Spotlight Podcast. If you are interested, please contact Kara Mullane at kara@infectionprevention Spotlight.com.

    Heartfelt appreciation goes out to Dr. Mohamed Yassin who co-created the segment The Research Behind Infection Prevention. Dr. Yassin's extensive infectious disease and research expertise elevated the podcast and opened up the collaboration with top researchers in the field.

    Thank you to all the contributors to the podcast:
    Sue Barnes
    Neil Morris
    Dr. Tamás Haidegger
    Thomas Heymann
    Christian John Lillis
    Dr. Susan Huang
    Dr. Brett Mitchell
    Dr. Samir Saba
    Dr. Leah Brown
    Dr. Elizabeth Beam
    Dr. Pat Stone
    Dr. Elise Martin
    Dr. Emily Hunt
    Benton Allen
    Michelle Nerandzic
    Nancy Robinson
    Dr. Elaine Larson
    Rosie Bartel
    Chris Boyd
    Dr. Natalia Blanco
    Dr. Jordan Peccia
    Sebastian Schulz-Stübner
    Dr. Sarah Wheeler
    Emily Rosenberg
    Jacob Hutcherson
    Grant Morgan

    Thank you Supporters:
    Jeanne Brandt
    Niall Wallace
    Kevin Nicol

    Thank you to all the listeners. Your kind communications were always so appreciated.

    Wishing all of you the best.
    Please take care, and please remember to wash your hands!

    - Kara Mullane, RN, MSN, CIC

    • 6 min
    Ugly Head of an Old Disease - Polio!

    Ugly Head of an Old Disease - Polio!

    Does it seem like every few days there is a report of a new or old organism or disease poking its head up and staying “I’m here! Look at me!” I’m sure as an infection Preventionist or ID physician, it may seem that way to you. If you are in the cities and towns that are having these outbreaks it doesn’t matter what your profession is, you are affected. 
    The issue of MDROs, emerging diseases, and known diseases we hoped to have snuffed out with mass vaccinations are now front and center in all of our lives. They are no longer just for the hospitals they are on mass. 
    Polio is back in North America. New York State has declared a state disaster emergency. 
    What do we need to know?

    For polio and for most diseases we need to be vaccinated to be safe. There is no question of what the vaccine did for the eradication of polio. Vaccines work and save lives.
    Be safe and please remember, wash your hands.
    Podcasts referenced:
    Podcast episode 45 - “Infection Prevention Needs a New Normal” When I interview Grant Morgan, CEO of R-Zero as he discusses utilizing hospital technologies in schools, restaurants and work places. 
    Podcast episode 43 “Cleaning for Health and Smart disinfection with epidemiologist Emily Rosenberg” 
     References:
    CDC - https://www.cdc.gov/polio/what-is-polio/faq/index.htm
    New Your State  - https://www.governor.ny.gov/executive-order/no-21-declaring-disaster-state-new-york
    Interesting Polio Vaccine history:
    Mayo Clinic - https://www.mayoclinic.org/coronavirus-covid-19/history-disease-outbreaks-vaccine-timeline/polio
     
     

    • 7 min
    Infection Prevention Needs a New Normal

    Infection Prevention Needs a New Normal

    While most of us were busy hoarding toilet paper or binge-watching Netflix, Grant Morgan was working on a plan to change the world. As co-founder and CEO of R-Zero, he's democratizing access to hospital-grade biosafety technologies, restoring trust in our common spaces and the organizations that operate them, and helping establish a new standard for public health in the COVID-19 era and beyond.

    We hear how R-Zero is utilizing hospital technology in our schools, restaurants, and work places. Grant's mission is for all of us to use this time in history to demand a new normal for infection prevention and personal safety in our daily lives.


    Connect with Grant Morgan.
    Find out more about R-Zero.

    Listen to all the Infection Prevention Spotlight Podcasts here!

    • 32 min
    IP Salary Information & Job Market Update with Jacob Hutcherson, CEO of Clutch Recruitment

    IP Salary Information & Job Market Update with Jacob Hutcherson, CEO of Clutch Recruitment

    Today I have the great pleasure to be speaking Clutch Recruitment Founder and CEO, Jacob Hutcherson.
    In this podcast, Jacob lays out today's HOT Infection Prevention Job Market. Want to know specifics about salaries across the United States of America, Jacob fills you in. Happy where you are right now, but wondering if you are underpaid?  Jacob walks you though what is happening right now and what you may want to think about in your current role and planning for your next step in the IP Career ladder.
    ​Jacob can be reached at: jhutcherson@clutchrecruitment.com

    Listen to all the podcast episodes at: Infection Prevention Spotlight

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    • 25 min
    Cleaning for Health & Smart Disinfection with Emily Rosenberg

    Cleaning for Health & Smart Disinfection with Emily Rosenberg

    Today's special guest is epidemiologist, Emily Rosenberg from Clorox Pro. She will be discussing Cleaning for Health!

    This show is for everyone! Topics covered are both in and out of healthcare settings.

    Connect with Emily Rosenberg: Emily.Rosenberg@clorox.com.

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    • 18 min
    Dr. Sarah Wheeler Explains Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2!

    Dr. Sarah Wheeler Explains Antibody Testing for SARS-CoV-2!

    Welcome to the Research Behind Infection Prevention where Dr. Mohamed Yassin asks researchers tough questions. Today we are talking to Dr. Sarah Wheeler who has developed and validated antibody assays for SARS-CoV-2! If you ever had any questions about antibody testing, she explains it all. Stay tuned!

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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

ArlieLP ,

Super informative!

Infection Prevention Spotlight is relevant, digestible, and engaging - I truly learn something from every single episode! I appreciate the variety of topics, the super informative takeaways, and Kara’s sincere humility to give all this amazing knowledge to the listeners for free.

L Schuster ,

Wonderful!

I am so glad I found this podcast! It is so nice to be able to listen to Kara share interesting information and conduct interviews that are relevant to IP work. Kara is instantly relatable and has such a positive, upbeat energy. Thank you!

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