August 8, 2013


Preaching to the Infection Prevention Choir

Have you ever heard the expression “You’re preaching to the choir”?

Basically, what it means is this: let’s say you’re busy trying to persuade a group of people, trying to convince those people to believe in something or someone. But the group of people you’re trying to convince are already believers, are already on your side. And not only are these “choir” members already believers, but they’re singing your praises, so to speak.

It’s like when a workout facility sends a newsletter to its members with research results describing the benefits of regular exercise. Or when a veterinary office hands out flyers in the waiting room condemning animal cruelty. Or when a drama club president gives a speech at their weekly meeting about the importance of fine arts.

When it comes to infection prevention, you guys are the “choir”. You’re the ones reading the blog, the ones who realize that infection prevention needs to improve, the ones who are trying to increase education and knowledge about HAIs (Healthcare-Acquired Infections), the ones discussing ideas and innovations with your coworkers, the ones who already care.

That’s why, for this week’s Thursday Thought of the Day, we would like to say THANK YOU.

Sometimes, I think we all get caught up on what needs to change, and what’s not working, and who’s not doing their part. We get so focused on what’s going wrong that we forget about what’s going right.

Take a look at this blog post. Nineteen new endoscopy units have been recognized for their commitment to quality and safety by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). Counting these 19 new units, over 450 units total have been recognized by the ASGE. That’s awesome. Over 450 units in the United States have proved themselves exceptional in caring for their patients’ safety. If we add 19 units every year, think of the progress we’ll make.

And what about this article? Seventeen hospitals in the Indianapolis region created a patient registry to keep track of all MRSA and VRE cases. By working together to identify crossover of infected patients, they can more easily focus their infection control efforts in the right direction.

And did you see this news? New Jersey is no longer the only state to require certification for its Central Sterile Processing Department (CSPD) Technicians. New York’s governor just signed a bill requiring technicians to receive certification and continuing education credits. If more states follow their example, it will soon be a lot easier to set standards for CSPDs and cleanliness levels.

Those are just three examples of things going right in the infection prevention world. They might be small steps, but they are certainly steps in the right direction. And they couldn’t have happened without the help of you and the other members of the infection prevention “choir”. So keep up the good work, and let’s continue working towards an HAI-free world.

And let us know what positive changes you’ve seen! What else is going right with infection prevention? What steps have healthcare facilities near you taken to cut down on their infection rates?



Filed under Daily Blog Posts, Healthcare Acquired Infections, Thursday Thought of the Day

2 responses to “August 8, 2013

  1. I’m encouraged by the increasing focus on reducing catheter-related bloodstream infections. One Chicago-area system, for example, has significantly reduced IV bloodstream infections by using a disinfection cap called SwabCap. See the study in American Journal of Infection Control, available at

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