Cytomegalovirus infection of cell in urine.
Photo #1157, courtesy of CDC/ Dr. Haraszti.
Because of the potential
for significant harm to patients, healthcare providers, staff
and visitors, infection control continues to be a critical
aspect of healthcare, one that has far-reaching implications.
Because of emerging infectious diseases, multi-drug resistant
organisms, as well as advances in technology and research,
frequent review and update on the topic of infection control
is needed. New York State is committed to healthcare providers
who reinforce and update their own professional knowledge
and skills on this topic. Keeping current about this ever-changing
content helps professionals to safeguard the health of the
population of this state, particularly because HAIs continue
at an alarmingly high rate with significant morbidity and
In New York State it is a
legal requirement that healthcare professionals' practice
must adhere to current scientifically accepted infection control
practices. Lapses in one's own practice, or the practice of
those for whom the professional has administrative or supervisory
oversight responsibility, leaves the professional open to
charges of unprofessional conduct with the New York State
Education Department and/or the New York State Department
It has been repeatedly shown
through surveillance and research that the simple intervention
of handwashing/handhygiene is a critical factor is breaking
the chain of infection. Good hand hygiene is one intervention
that healthcare providers cannot afford to neglect; the health
of the people of New York State is in your hands!