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Infections Become More Common Outside of Hospitals

Infections Become More Common Outside of Hospitals

Clostridium difficile (klos-TRID-e-um dif-uh-SEEL), often called C. difficile or C. diff, is a bacterium that can cause symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening inflammation of the colon. On November 25, NPR reported that C. diff, first seen as a problem...

Safe Injections: One and Only Campaign

Safe Injections: One and Only Campaign

The One & Only Campaign is a public health campaign, led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC), to raise awareness among patients and healthcare providers about safe injection practices. The...

Roland Receives Legendary Nurse Award

Roland Receives Legendary Nurse Award

  The 2018 Legendary Nurse Awards banquet was held on October 25 in Bismarck, ND, honoring nurses from across the state of North Dakota in several categories. Of the 50 nominations submitted, Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Specialist, Jean Roland, RN, BSN,...

Nebraska Infection Prevention…..Sepsis, MDROs and CDI….Oh My!

Nebraska Infection Prevention…..Sepsis, MDROs and CDI….Oh My!

Nearly 125 nursing home employees took the opportunity to learn more about sepsis, Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) and Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) during a series of learning sessions offered in August and September. The Wizard of Oz production was the...

More Than a Memory Lapse: Dementia Care Training in South Dakota

More Than a Memory Lapse: Dementia Care Training in South Dakota

Can’t find your car keys?  Forgot why you walked into a room? Realized too late you were supposed to meet a friend or colleague?  Most everyone has experienced these moments of memory lapse, especially during the back-to-school season when routines are altered and...

Opportunity to Learn More About Infection Prevention and Control

Opportunity to Learn More About Infection Prevention and Control

Want to learn more about infection prevention and control; with an emphasis on C.difficile, norovirus and MRSA? Dr. Muhammad S. Ashraf, MBBS, the Medical Director at the Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP) recently presented on this...

Immunizations are Not Just for Children

Immunizations are Not Just for Children

Immunizations not only help your body fight off disease, they help prevent you from spreading them. Though many people associate immunizations with children, as you age many vaccinations wear off and you may need new or booster shots. Based on your age, health...

Rooks County Health Center Receives 2018 Sepsis Hero Award

Rooks County Health Center Receives 2018 Sepsis Hero Award

Rooks County Health Center (RCH) in Plainville, Kansas will be accepting a 2018 Sepsis Hero award given out by the Sepsis Alliance, September 13, 2018, in New York City. Rooks County Health Center was nominated for the facility’s great work in improving sepsis...

Get Back to Basics to Prevent Infections and Sepsis

Get Back to Basics to Prevent Infections and Sepsis

Orlaith Staunton, co-founder of the Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention, and her daughter looked at each other in disbelief. They felt they were watching history repeat itself as a basketball coach bandaged a cut for one of his players, but without taking...

Home Health Infection Prevention Toolkit: A Successful Launch

Home Health Infection Prevention Toolkit: A Successful Launch

We recently launched the Home Health Infection Prevention Toolkit. The Toolkit contains resources and best practices to reduce Acute Care Hospitalization (ACH) or Emergency Department (ED) visits related to wound, urinary tract and respiratory infections. The primary...

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