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Barbara Connell

Barbara Connell

Medline vice president of medical affairs

Barbara Connell is vice president of medical affairs at Medline. Connell has 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.

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

Are Superbugs Infesting Your Hospital?

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At the beginning of March, the CDC released the National and State Healthcare-Associated Infections Progress Report that expands upon and provides an update to previous reports detailing progress toward the ultimate goal of eliminating Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs). This national and state report reviewed data from 2014. The report results are encouraging, as there were a number of HAIs that have … Read More

Are CAUTI Prevention Practices Still Missing the Mark?

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CAUTI probably has some of the most highly visible efforts surrounding its prevention initiatives. And yet, a group of researchers in Boston found that at least in their facility, catheter practices were still falling short of national goals. Some of the most interesting results were that only a small majority of their respondents reported awareness of CAUTI prevention guidelines, though … Read More