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Barbara Connell

Barbara Connell

Medline VP of Clinical Services

Barbara Connell is vice president of clinical services at Medline and responsible for the development and execution of clinical educational programs focused on infectious disease and infection prevention. With over 20 years’ experience as a medical technologist working specifically in the areas of microbiology, hematology and blood banking, Connell also brings 15 years’ experience in the IVD laboratory diagnostics business.

Updated Infection Prevention Guidelines: Eight Key Components

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Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and the rise of antibiotic resistance continue to confront healthcare facilities around the world.  Even though a large portion of HAIs are preventable through effective infection prevention and control (IPC) measures the World Health Organization (WHO) recently reported that seven percent of patients in developed countries and 10 percent in developing countries will acquire at least one HAI.1 … Read More

Hand Hygiene Compliance: Not That Simple

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In 1847, Ignaz Semmelweiss made a landmark discovery. He noted that the incidence of puerpal (childbed) fever, a female reproductive tract infection occurring after childbirth or miscarriage could be drastically cut by the use of hand washing with chlorinated lime solutions.  Semmelweiss’ hypothesis — that there was only one cause and all that mattered was cleanliness — was extreme at … Read More

Flu: New Thinking in the New Year

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2017 is starting off a little rough and for clinicians, it’s very busy.   That’s because the 2016-2017 influenza season is just now starting to kick into high gear. The general public often uses the term flu to describe an illness with symptoms of upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhea.  These symptoms actually describe gastroenteritis, an infection of the stomach and intestines.  … Read More

Optimizing Your SSI Prevention Program

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SSI Prevention

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are a serious concern for healthcare providers due to the significant clinical and financial burdens associated with them. Although infection control practices have advanced in recent years, including improved operating room ventilation, sterilization methods, barriers, surgical techniques and availability of antimicrobial prophylaxis, SSIs remain a substantial cause of morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and death. SSIs are associated … Read More

Two Steps toward Breaking the Chain of Infection

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Even though some days it feels like the pathogens are winning, we are making progress in reducing hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). According to the CDC’s 2016 HAI Progress Report, significant reductions for nearly all infection types were seen at the national level in 2014 when compared to baseline data. CLABSI and abdominal hysterectomy SSI showed the greatest reduction, while hospital-onset MRSA … Read More

What’s Really Hiding behind Hospital Privacy Curtains?

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Room environment plays a large role in the transmission of healthcare associated infections (HAIs), and that role is getting some significant attention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified the most frequently touched or high touch surfaces in a patient’s room. These items—such as the bedside table, bedrails and remote control—are touched numerous times throughout the day, not … Read More