• New COVID Variants and Boosting Your Immunity (Fall 2022)
    Although it’s pumpkin spice season, another pandemic winter is about to arrive. Though no completely new variants of the COVID virus have emerged yet, there are several new Omicron sub-variants. The Omicron variant first surfaced in the fall of 2021, and during the past year, various Omicron variants have primarily been responsible for COVID cases.…
  • Back to School Q&A with an Infectious Disease Pediatrician
    It’s August and it’s not just kids back in class. School is now in session for germs, viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses that can make your child (or yourself as a parent, caregiver, or guardians) sick. Back-to-school is widely recognized in the medical community as a time when many children pick up infections from…
  • What You Should Know About the 2022 Monkeypox Outbreak
    From early May 2022 to June 13, 2022 (the date of this podcast recording), over 1,300 confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported across 31 countries that normally don’t see any cases of monkeypox. Occasionally, outbreaks have occurred outside Africa. But, in most instances, these cases were associated with international travel or contact with individuals…
  • Hepatitis Outbreak in Children
    Figure 1: “States and Jurisdictions Reporting at Least One Person Under Investigation (38)* as of June 1, 2022.” CDC The State of Alabama has had a lot of firsts; the first open-heart surgery in the Western Hemisphere was performed in Montgomery in 1902, in 1968 the first 911 call was placed from Haleyville, AL, and…
  • Having Conversations around Children and COVID-19 Vaccination
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for most children and adolescents 5 years of age and older. However, as of April 13, 2022 only 28% of children 5-11 years old and 58% of adolescents ages 12-17 have received the 2-dose vaccination series. However, throughout the pandemic, having conversations around COVID-19 and the vaccine…
  • Using UV Light and Hand Sanitizer to Safely Distinct Against SARS-CoV-2
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have become hyper vigilant when it comes to disinfecting and sanitizing items around our workspace, homes, schools, and within healthcare settings. In this podcast, we welcome back Dr. Ziad Kazzi, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the International Fellowship in Medical Toxicology at Emory University and Associate…
  • What Parents Need To Know About The COVID Vaccine For Children Under 5
    For many months, parents have been told COVID vaccines for their children under 5 were on the way. But shifting timelines, delays and misinformation have left many parents frustrated and confused. In addition, as COVID restrictions are relaxed, many parents of young children are desperate to know when they can expect a vaccine to be…
  • Using QATs, Hydrogen Peroxide and Phenol as Disinfectants Safely in Schools and Healthcare
    Proper disinfectant usage is of paramount importance in the fight against COVID-19 and other viruses. Join Dr. Ziad Kazzi from Emory University as he shares with the ARC IPC his expertise on three common disinfectants: Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QATs), Hydrogen Peroxide and Phenol. Dr. Kazzi will explain how and why to learn more about and…
  • Omicron’s Impact
    This past week the U.S. reported a record single-day number of daily Covid cases, with more than 1 million new infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country and beyond. The The Omicron variant continues to shatter records in the U.S. We’re…
  • Omicron, Booster Shots – Staying Healthy in 2022
    This past week the U.S. reported a record single-day number of daily Covid cases, with more than 1 million new infections, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as the highly infectious omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country and beyond. The U.S. also has the highest seven-day average of daily new cases…
  • The Safe Use of Bleach as a Disinfectant in Schools and Healthcare Settings
    In this podcast Dr. Ziad Kazzi of Emory University discusses the use of bleach as a disinfectant, potential health hazards of bleach, and how to use bleach safely in schools and healthcare settings. List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/about… FDA (Safely Using Hand Sanitizers) – https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consume… CDC (Disinfection and Sterilization) – https://www.cdc.gov/infectioncontrol/……
  • Using Disinfectants Safely in Schools and Healthcare Settings
    In this podcast Dr. Ziad Kazzi of Emory University introduces listeners to the basics of cleaning including disinfection and sterilization as well as the proper and safe use of disinfectants to prevent infectious disease transmission. List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) – (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/about… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHyvaTyIc_4
  • Establishing an Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program: The Starting Point
    There are many components of an effective infection prevention and control program. The IPC risk assessment is the starting point for creating an IPC program. A risk assessment is used to identify important infection control issues in your organization and determine goals to include in your infection prevention and control plan. Per The Joint Commission,…
  • Decreasing Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) in Healthcare Facilities
    Janet Chance, Director, Quality, Infection Prevention, and Accreditation, Cullman Regional Medical Center, shares insights behind CRMC’s development of a series of protocols to reduce surgical site infections (SSIs) in their patient population. She outlines elements of a process that included targeted surveillance, multidisciplinary process mapping, whole-organization buy-in, and patient education, ultimately leading to vastly improve…
  • COVID-19 and Children
      Dr. David Kimberlin, Professor and Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, joins the podcast, Standard Precautions and Beyond, to discuss COVID-19 in pediatric patients, how to keep children safe from the Delta variant and to answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines for children. Thank you to…