Practical Healthcare Epidemiology

Third Edition

Edited by Ebbing Lautenbach, Keith F. Woeltje, and Preeti N. Malani

Practical Healthcare Epidemiology

Edited by Ebbing Lautenbach, Keith F. Woeltje, and Preeti N. Malani

484 pages | 8 1/2 x 11 | © 2010
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9780226471044 Published March 2010

In recent years, issues of infection prevention and control, patient safety, and quality-of-care have become increasingly prominent in healthcare facilities. Practical Healthcare Epidemiology takes a practical, hands-on approach to these issues, addressing all aspects of infection surveillance and prevention in clear, straightforward terms. This fully revised third edition brings together the expertise of more than fifty leaders in healthcare epidemiology who provide clear, sound guidance on infection prevention and control for the full range of patients in all types of healthcare facilities, including those in settings with limited resources. A powerful resource for practitioners in any branch of medicine or public health who are involved in infection prevention and control, whether they are experienced in healthcare epidemiology or new to the field.

“A handy desk reference and an up-to-date primer for trainees and experts alike” —The Journal of the American Medical Association

“An essential for anyone in the field.”—Thomas R. Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center  


About the Editors
Contributing Authors

Getting Started

1. Practical Hospital Epidemiology: An Introduction
Ebbing Lautenbach, Preeti N. Malani, and Keith F. Woeltje

2. How to Get Paid for Healthcare Epidemiology: A Practical Guide
Daniel J. Sexton and RussellM. Petrak

3. Ethical Aspects of Infection Prevention
Loreen A. Herwaldt and Lauris C. Kaldjian

4. Epidemiologic Methods in Infection Control
Ebbing Lautenbach

5. Quality Improvement in Healthcare Epidemiology
Susan MacArthur, Frederick A. Browne, and Louise-Marie Dembry

6. Isolation
Michael Edmond and Gonzalo M. L. Bearman

7. Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare Facilities
William A. Rutala and David J. Weber

8. Twenty-First Century Microbiology Laboratory Support for Healthcare-Associated Infection Control and Prevention
Lance R. Peterson, and Marc Oliver Wright

9. Molecular Typing Systems|
Jeffrey Hafkin, Laura Chandler, and Joel Maslow

10. Informatics for Infection Prevention
Keith F. Woeltje and Anne M. Butler

Surveillance and Prevention

11. Surveillance: An Overview
Trish M. Perl and Romanee Chaiwarith

12. Outbreak Investigations
Arjun Srinivasan and William R. Jarvis

13. Urinary Tract Infection
Eric Cober, Emily K. Shuman, and Carol E. Chenoweth

14. Preventing Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
Emily K. Shuman and Carol E. Chenoweth

15. Basics of Surgical Site Infection Surveillance and Prevention
Lisa L. Maragakis and Trish M. Perl

16. Surveillance and Prevention of Infections Associated with Vascular Catheters
Werner E. Bischoff

Antimicrobial-Resistant Organisms

17. Control of Gram-Positive Multidrug-Resistant Pathogens
Trevor Van Schooneveld and Mark E. Rupp

18. Control of Antibiotic-Resistant Gram-Negative Pathogens
Anthony Harris and Kerri Thom

19. Clostridium difficile Infection
Natasha Bagdasarian and Preeti N. Malani

20. Improving Use of Antimicrobial Agents
Robert A. Duncan and Kenneth R. Lawrence

Special Topics

21. Improving Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings
John M. Boyce and Didier Pittet

22. Biological Disaster Preparedness
Sandro Cinti and Eden Wells

23. Exposure Workups
Louise-Marie Dembry, Stephanie Holley, Hitoshi Honda, Loreen A. Herwaldt, and Jean M. Pottinger

24. Employee Health and Occupational Medicine
Tara N. Palmore and David K. Henderson

25. Tuberculosis Infection Control in Healthcare Settings
Henry M. Blumberg

26. Infection Control in Long-Term Care Facilities
Lindsay E. Nicolle

27. Infection Prevention and Control in the Outpatient Setting
Deborah M. Nihill and Tammy Lundstrom

28. Infection Prevention in Resource-Limited Settings
Anucha Apisarnthanarak, M. Cristina Ajenjo, and Virginia R. Roth

29. Infection Control and Patient Safety
Darren R. Linkin and P. J. Brennan

Administrative Issues

30. Administering an Infection Prevention Program
Virgina R. Roth and Mark Loeb

31. An Overview of Important Regulatory and Accrediting Agencies
Judene Bartley, Tammy Lundstrom, Mary Nettleman, and Gina Pugliese

32. Government Mandates and Infection Control
Stephen G. Weber

33. Product Evaluation
William M. Valenti

34. Infection Prevention in Construction and Renovation
Loie Ruhl and Loreen A. Herwaldt


Review Quotes
Daniel J. Diekema | Journal of the American Medical Association

“The editors and authors of the new third edition of Practical Healthcare Epidemiology have produced a text that covers both the basics of infection prevention and the most important recent developments. . . . Overall, the chapters are clear and succinct, making excellent use of charts, graphs, and bulleted lists to guide the reader to essential information. Several chapters are new to this edition, including much-needed chapters on quality improvement, Clostridium difficile, and government mandates. There are many highlights, beginning with a practical chapter on how to get paid for the work of health care epidemiology. The bulleted list of "tips and tricks of the trade" in this chapter, with its practical suggestions for how to set goals and choose battles, communicate and lead effectively, and run efficient and effective meetings, is alone worth the purchase price. . . . . The infection preventionist with 10 minutes between meetings to quickly review important issues in control of C difficile will find this text valuable, as will the infectious diseases fellow wanting a readable text that reviews the essential infection control issues and the hospital epidemiologist suddenly faced with the responsibility for establishing an antimicrobial stewardship program. . . . A handy desk reference and an up-to-date primer for trainees and experts alike."

Thomas R. Talbot, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

“An essential for anyone in the field.”

Clinical Infectious Diseases

"A much-needed response to the currently tough challenges posed to healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists. . . . Highly recommended reading for trainees and professionals in infection control--and healthcare epidemiologists in particular."

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