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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.

Pledge to Commit to Infection Prevention

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Hand Hygiene

I talk a lot about infection prevention. My world is filled with guidelines, products and ideas on how to prevent and control the spread of infection. But sometimes talk is not enough. Today, I took a stand. I made a commitment by taking the “pledge” during this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) (Oct. 18-24, 2015). The Association for Professionals … Read More

Infection Prevention Insights from 2015 IDWeek Meeting

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International Infection Prevention Week is a perfect time to reflect on the multi-society sponsored Infectious Disease Week conference held this past Oct. 7-11 in San Diego, Calif. The most brilliant minds in the field of infectious disease gathered to share up-to-date research, guidelines and ideas to keep our patients and the public safe. Here were the key themes from the … Read More

So You Think You Know Catheters

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It might seem like we’ve heard all there is to hear on pressure ulcers: their prevalence, the fact that they are no longer reimbursed, how much they cost. And we do hear quite a lot about pressure ulcers. Except for one somewhat glaring hole: medical device related pressure ulcers. These are ulcers that form as a result of external pressure … Read More

Address Vaccination Skeptics with Facts not Fear

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month, which is perfect timing as a new school year begins. The National Public Health Information Coalition encourages the public to protect their health by getting vaccinated against infectious diseases. Despite the abundance of scientific evidence that shows that vaccinations are safe and effective, there are still many who believe vaccinations are not safe and … Read More

The State of CAUTI in Your State

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Hospital Compare released the most recent standardized infection ratios—observed to expected infection rates—for catheter-associated urinary tract infections across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These standardized infection ratios, or SIRS, allow states to see where on the spectrum they fall against the predicted number of CAUTI infections at over 4,000 Medicare certified hospitals across the nation. Surprisingly, for CAUTI having … Read More

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s … a Superbug CAUTI?

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In September of 2014, the White House issued Executive Order 13676: Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, leading to the March 2015 release of the National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, which outlines a five-year approach to targeting this threat. Goal number one is to “Slow the Emergence of Resistant Bacteria and Prevent the Spread of Resistant Infections.” You might be … Read More