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Infection Prevention and Control Safety Alerts

Safety Alerts related to infection prevention and control.

Quick Safety 61: Preventing non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia

It’s estimated that one in every 100 hospitalized patients will be affected by non-ventilator hospital-acquired pneumonia (NVHAP). This issue of Quick Safety focuses on the call’s challenge to health care systems to implement and support NVHAP prevention, and to add NVHAP prevention measures to education for patients, health care professionals and students.

Sentinel Event Alert Issue 52: Preventing infection from the misuse of vials

The misuse of these vials has caused harm to individual patients through occurrences and outbreaks of bloodborne pathogens and associated infections, including hepatitis B and C virus, meningitis, and epidural abscesses.

Quick Safety 49: Disinfection of tonometers and other ophthalmology devices

This issue describes the risk of infection from tonometers and other devices that touch eyes, as well as strategies for prevention.