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  Joint Commission Resources and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Infection Control Book Receives Five-Star Rating from Doody’s  
(OAK BROOK, Ill. – November 18, 2013)  The Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) today announced that their book Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition has earned a perfect five-star rating from Doody Enterprises.

Best Practices provides a thorough analysis of Joint Commission International (JCI) infection prevention and control (IPC) requirements as well as case studies, and tips and tools for increasing IPC compliance and patient safety.

Doody’s reviewer Kathleen A. De Roos, M.S.N., APRN, VA Midwest Health Care Network, praised the book as “extremely useful” and as an “excellent resource for guiding IPC programs and readiness for JCI surveys.” Only eight percent of titles reviewed by Doody’s garner a five-star rating, signifying an exceptional publication with nearly flawless execution.

The book was edited by Barbara M. Soule, RN, M.P.A., CIC, FSHEA, practice leader, Infection Prevention and Control Services, JCR and JCI; Ziad A. Memish, M.D., FACP, FRCPC, FRCPE, FIDSA, deputy minister of health, Public Health, Saudi Arabia, and director, WHO Collaborating Centre for Mass Gathering Medicine; and Preeti N. Malani, M.D., M.S.J., associate professor of medicine, University of Michigan Medical School, and research scientist, VA Ann Harbor Healthcare System Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center.

Published in 2012, the second edition of Best Practices contains forewords by Joint Commission President and CEO Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., and SHEA President Steven M. Gordon, M.D.

The Best Practices review will be among the reviews that Doody Enterprises sends to more than 300,000 health care and health information professionals through a weekly e-mail service and personalized web pages. Doody’s estimates that more than 1 million people worldwide regularly consult its book reviews.

To order, call JCR Customer Service toll-free at 877.223.6866, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. CT, weekdays, or visit


Joint Commission Resources (JCR), a not-for-profit affiliate of The Joint Commission, is the official publisher and educator of The Joint Commission. JCR is an expert resource for health care organizations, providing consulting services, educational services and publications to assist in improving quality and safety and to help in meeting the accreditation standards of The Joint Commission. JCR provides consulting services independently from The Joint Commission and in a fully confidential manner. Please visit our Web site at

SHEA is a professional society representing more than 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control. SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. The society leads this field by promoting science and research and providing high-quality education and training in epidemiologic methods and prevention strategies. SHEA upholds the value and critical contributions of healthcare epidemiology to improving patient care and healthcare worker safety in all healthcare settings. Visit SHEA online at, and @SHEA_Epi.



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Elizabeth Eaken Zhani
Media Relations Manager
The Joint Commission

Kristy Weinshel
Director of Member Services and Communications
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America