Risk Mitigation and Infection Control: Key Terms

by Erica Mitchell | March 25 2024

In the world of risk mitigation, there are a number of established concepts that encompass the many ways to avoid harm. These concepts also apply to infection prevention and control, and help us identify areas of greater vulnerability, areas where we can be proactive, and finally, areas where we can lessen harm should the worst occur. In today's post, we will look at these key concepts and begin to the lay the foundation of the idea of risk mitigation in infection prevention and control.

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The Empowered Patient, Step 1: Prepare To Be Powerful

by Erica Mitchell | March 25 2024

2024 empowered patient-01At no other time in history has the patient had access to the amount of information about illness, had the legal and societal (and financial) rights to determine healthcare choices, and access to widespread availability of cutting edge technology and expert care. This January you will find the steps you can take to become more empowered, either as a patient yourself, or as a patient advocate.

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How are Graph Neural Networks Being Used in the Fight Against Healthcare Acquired Infections?

by Erica Mitchell | March 18 2024

Graph Neural Networks (GNNs) are computer algorithms that take data from graphs and uses relationships between the data points to make predictions or recommendations. Much like our own brains, neural networks connect and correlate information to generate possible patterns that can be helpful to a variety of fields, including infection control and prevention (IP). In IP, GNNs are being used to predict risk for healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) and make decisions about resource allocation. In today's post, we'll take a closer look at how this is being done.

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The Invention of Safety

by Erica Mitchell | March 14 2024

The concept of safety is nothing new: Anything that protects us from injury or death has surely been on the mind of humankind since we were hunter-gatherers on the savanna surrounded by carnivores. But mere survival is no longer enough! We want to be able to do what our hearts and minds imagine, but still be mindful of our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. As a result, every field of human endeavor has safety as an essential component, not the least of which are health and medical care. In today's post, we'll look at what unifies all safety concerns across all fields, and highlight some critical inventions that make hospital care safer for everyone.

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Healthcare-Associated Infections: Reactive vs. Proactive Solutions

by Erica Mitchell | March 11 2024

To address the persistent issue of healthcare associated infections, hospital professionals deploy two primary approaches: reactive and proactive solutions. There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, so a combination of the two is required to cover all reasonable contingencies. In this blog post, we'll explore the differences between these two strategies and their respective impacts on patient outcomes and healthcare systems.

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Barriers to Adopting Preventive Measures: Why is it So Hard?

by Erica Mitchell | March 4 2024

There are so many psychological, sociological, and intellectual barriers to change - anyone who has tried to break a bad habit or motivate a group of people can attest to that! Choices that lead to immediate, predictable, and reliable beneficial change are much easier to make than choices that have to build up over time for the changes to be seen (I'm looking at you, daily walks!). But it turns out, the hardest changes to make are those that prevent problems. In today's post, we will explore reasons why and how this might impact infection control and prevention.

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