Infection Control Today

DEC 2012

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CONTENTS December 2012 VOL. 16 NO. 12 8 COVER STORY 8 Social Media Yields Benefits, Poses Challenges for Healthcare Organizations By Kelly M. Pyrek 22 FEATURES 22 28 38 New Patient Safety Improvement Toolkit Builds on Clinical Best Practices, Science of Safety By Carolyn M. Clancy, MD Twelve Years After Legislation, Sharps Safety Still a Concern in All Healthcare Settings By Kelly M. Pyrek Infection Prevention, Proper Textile Handling are Key Issues Facing Laundry and Central Sterile Professionals By Kelly M. Pyrek 38 COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS 6 42 44 45 45 ICT (INFECTION CONTROL TODAY) (ISSN 1522-063X) is published monthly by VIRGO PUBLISHING, LLC, 3300 N. Central Ave., Ste. 300, Phoenix, AZ 85012; (480) 990-1101, Fax # (480) 990-0819. Periodicals postage paid at Phoenix, AZ and additional offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to: ICT, PO Box 3439, Northbrook, IL 60065-3439. Volume 16, Number 12. ICT subscription rates: one-year domestic $99; one-year Canada USD $115; one-year foreign USD $135. All subscriptions are non-refundable. Foreign subscriptions must be prepaid in U.S. funds only. Copyright © 2012 VIRGO Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. The publisher reserves the right to accept or reject any advertising or editorial material. Advertisers, and/or their agents, assume the responsibility for all content of published advertisements and assume responsibility for any claims against the publisher based on the advertisement. Editorial contributors assume responsibility for their published works and assume responsibility for any claims against the publisher based on the published work. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without permission in writing from the publisher. All items submitted to ICT become the sole property of VIRGO Publishing, LLC. Editorial content may not necessarily reflect the views of the publisher. 4 ICT Back to Basics: Hand Hygiene By Mary Shinn Product Locator News IDWeek Features the Latest Research Editor's Letter Closing the Book on Another Active Year of Infection Prevention By Kelly M. Pyrek December 2012

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