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Free samples of hand sanitizer will ...
Free samples of hand sanitizer will be available while supplies last, said Julie McCord, NMMC infection control manager.
"Communication was the biggest issue" in dealing with the SARS outbreak a few years ago, said Julie McCord, North Mississippi Medical Center infection control nurse.
"The most important thing you can do is wash your hands," said Julie McCord, an infection control nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center.
People don't need to be paranoid about germs, they just need to use good common sense, McCord
"We cannot live in a sterile environment," McCord
Good cleaning habits are important, but it isn't necessary to buy fancy products or clean obsessively.
"A lot of people think it's better to have antibacterial," McCord
Infection Control Community Applauds
PONTOTOC, Miss.-Julie Rish McCord, RN, an infection control practitioner at North Mississippi Medical Center, has been recognized by a national organization for helping prevent extra federal regulations.The Association for Professionals
in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) honored McCord during the group's Annual Education and International Conference in San Antonio, Texas, for her
part in convincing the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) to withdraw its proposed tuberculosis (TB) rule.
"The number of reported TB cases is at an all time low, and health care-associated transmission is now extremely rare," said the Pontotoc native."Obviously the control strategies already in place are working and we don't need more costly standards put out by OSHA
."The proposed rule would have created an extra layer of regulations over worker protections initiated in the 1994 Centers for Disease Control Guidelines
Aside from her
professional ties, the issue was also personal to McCord
."My mother contracted TB in the 1950s and died in 1995 from respiratory failure partially linked to the TB," she
said."I told (the congressional committee), if I thought for one minute that this rule would prevent one person from getting TB, I wouldn't be here."McCord
began working on the issue when she
was named to the group's governmental affairs committee in March 1999.With help from U.S. Rep.
...McCord joined the NMMC staff in 1987.She holds bachelor's degrees in microbiology and nursing, and is certified in infection control nursing.
North Mississippi Medical Center infection control nurse Julie McCord received an award from the Association for Professions in Infection Control and Epidemiology for her outstanding contribution and service at the group's conference in June.McCord
was lauded for her
efforts to get the Occupational Health and Safety Administration to reconsider extra rules on infection control for tuberculosis.She
began working on the issue in 1999 and the rule was withdrawn this year.
With help from U.S. Rep.
"I learned you can have an impact," McCord
said."They really did listen."
Infection control professionals use guidelines developed by the Centers for Disease Control
to prevent the spread of tuberculosis, a highly contagious respiratory disease, McCord
said.The proposed OSHA regulations would have layered extra requirements on top of the CDC recommendations that would have done little if anything to prevent the spread of TB, McCord
"We didn't need more costly standards," McCord
also brought a personal perspective to the issue.Her
mother died in 1995 from complications caused by procedures used to treat her
tuberculosis during the 1950s.
"I told (the congressional committee) if I thought for one minute that this rule would prevent even one case of TB, I wouldn't be sitting here," McCord
Jetting off to Washington, D.C., meant that McCord
needed a lot of support on the home front from the hospital and her
"Without that, this would not have been possible," McCord
was able to apply the things she
had learned during her
work on the TB rule to a personal matter, getting the proper services for her
son Connor, 6, who is autistic.
"It inspired me to take action," and ask for help for her