The Pulse | Monday, October 29, 2018
A Halloween Treat: 5 Articles to Bolster Infection Prevention Practices
Ghosts, ghouls, infections – there’s nothing scarier this Halloween! Luckily, infections aren’t scary if your unit has the right information and sound practices in place. Below are five articles from this month’s infection prevention awareness week. Learn about recent SGNA standard updates, plus hear stories from your peers.
As for the ghosts and ghouls? We can’t make any promises about them…
5 Things to Know When It Comes to Infection Prevention
- Infection Prevention: Changing Methods and Saving Lives: Gastroenterology and infection prevention practices continue to evolve, even in this decade alone. We asked five SGNA members what changes and milestones they’ve witnessed in the last five to 10 years.
- Standing by Your Chosen Resource: When it comes to identifying infection prevention standards, there are many reputable sources to follow. No matter the source, however, GI units must be confident in their choice. Here are four things to consider when standing by your chosen resource.
- Release of Updated Position Statement: Earlier this fall, SGNA announced the release of the position statement, Management of Endoscopic Accessories, Valves, and Water and Irrigation Bottles (2018). The updated position statement combines three of our previous positions into one comprehensive practice document.
- Become a Champion for Change: Joining the SGNA Infection Prevention Champions program arms you with information and resources needed to keep your unit up to date when it comes to infection prevention. We spoke with Beverly Levanti BSN RN CGRN CASC, who was among the first to join the program in 2013. She shares how the program impacted her unit and her personal career development.
- Shifting Team Dynamics Is a Key to Infection Prevention: Regardless of department, teamwork is essential to success within a hospital. We spoke with three GI professionals from three different hospitals and health systems about a shift in team dynamics and how infection prevention is a team effort.