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Characteristics of high-quality infection preventionists

April 17, 2012
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TOWSON, MD — Given the importance of effective infection control and prevention, Karen Mackie, infection control manager at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, explains five must-have characteristics of top-tier infection preventionists, according to Becker’s ASC Review.

The first characteristic is achieving certification in infection control, which is a measure of competence that can only be achieved through the Certification Board of Infection Control and Epidemiology, the story stated.

The second and third characteristics are developing leadership qualities and building a strong network of peers, respectively, the story noted.

Mackie says, "While I have two wonderful colleagues who work with me on infection prevention at GBMC, I realize that infection control professionals can''t do it alone; you need to develop that network. I have developed relationships with other practitioners in the area, and now they’re an e-mail or phone call away."

According to the article, the fourth characteristic is acting on curiosity, which is important because things are constantly developing and changing in the infection prevention arena.

The fifth characteristic is to be a patient advocate, which increases accountability for all and helps ensure a more pleasurable patient experience, the story added.

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