Publications, Presentations, and Abstracts

Wang, E. W., Weekley, A., McCarty, J., Koo, H., Lembcke, B., & Al Mohajer, M. (2021). Impact of a division-wide bundle on hospital-acquired Clostridioides difficile cases, antibiotic days of therapy, testing appropriateness, and associated financial costs. Avicenna Journal of Medicine, 11(1), 27. https://doi.org/10.4103/ajm.ajm_193_1 

 

Holmes K, McCarty J, Steinfeld S. Infection Prevention and Control Programs. APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology. 2021 Feb 2.

 

Weinheimer, C. M., Ellsworth, M., Ferguson, L., Boston, K., Haltiwanger, B., Pavlovitch, S., ... & Ostrosky-Zeichner, L. (2020). Reprocessing N95s with hydrogen peroxide vaporization: A robust system from collection to dispensing. American Journal of Infection Control. 

DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.10.011

 

Reimer-McAtee, M., Corsi, G., Reed, E., Boston, K. M., Yalamanchili, H., Burnazian, G., ... & Ostrosky-Zeichner, L. (2020). Successful implementation of the CDC recommendations during the care of 2 patients with Candida auris in in-patient rehabilitation and intensive care settings. American Journal of Infection Control.  

DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2020.08.027 

 

 

Stroever, S., Boston, K., Ellsworth, M., Cuccaro, P., & McCurdy, S. (2020). Qualitative process evaluation of a central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) prevention team in the neonatal intensive care unit. American journal of infection control, 48(9), 987-992.  

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2019.12.020  

 

Vassallo, A., & Boston, K. M. (2019). The master of public health graduate as infection preventionist: navigating the changing landscape of infection prevention. American journal of infection control, 47(2), 201-207.  

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/j.ajic.2018.07.018  

 

Chow, N. A., Toda, M., Pennington, A. F., Anassi, E., Atmar, R. L., Cox-Ganser, J. M., McCarty J.... & Beer, K. D. (2019). Hurricane-associated mold exposures among patients at risk for invasive mold infections after Hurricane Harvey—Houston, Texas, 2017. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 68(21), 469. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6821a1 

 

“Accrediting and Regulatory Agencies.” APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology, 4th Edition.  Boston, K. M. Ed. Patti Grota. Washington DC: Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2014. 

 

Boston, K. M., Baraniuk, S., O’Heron, S., & Murray, K. O. (2009). Risk factors for spinal surgical site infection, Houston, Texas. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 30(9), 884-9.  

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/605323 

 

Murray, K. O., Holmes, K. C., & Hanlon, C. A. (2009). Rabies in vaccinated dogs and cats in the United States, 1997–2001. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 235(6), 691-695. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2460/javma.235.6.691 

 

Reeves, W. K., Murray, K. O., Meyer, T. E., Bull, L. M., Pascua, R. F., Holmes, K. C., & Loftis, A. D. (2008). Serological evidence of typhus group rickettsia in a homeless population in Houston, Texas. Journal of Vector Ecology, 33(1), 205-207. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3376/1081-1710(2008)33[205:SEOTGR]2.0.CO;2 

 

Murray, K., Baraniuk, S., Resnick, M., Arafat, R., Kilborn, C., Cain, K., ... & Tesh, R. B. (2006). Risk factors for encephalitis and death from West Nile virus infection. Epidemiology & Infection, 134(6), 1325-1332. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268806006339 

 

Kennedy, V., O'Heron, S., Jaloway, J., & Steinfeld, C. (2002). Nosocomial infections in intensive care patients. Critical care nursing clinics of North America, 14(4), 417-426. 

DOI: 10.1016/s0899-5885(02)00025-4  

 

Houston, S., Hougland, P., Anderson, J. J., LaRocco, M., Kennedy, V., & Gentry, L. O. (2002). Effectiveness of 0.12% chlorhexidine gluconate oral rinse in reducing prevalence of nosocomial pneumonia in patients undergoing heart surgery. American Journal of Critical Care, 11(6), 567-570. 

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4037/ajcc2002.11.6.567 

 

Kennedy, V. A., Fielder (Steinfeld) S. R., Sims G. L. (2001) Improving Care Practices for Patients with Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms. Rehabilitation Nursing, Mar-Apr;26(2):58-60, 63-5. 

DOI: 0.1002/j.2048-7940.2001.tb01927.x 

 

 

PRESENTATIONS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCES 

 

The IP’s Survival Guide to Water Intrusion and Waterborne Pathogens

S Steinfeld, M Moinuddin, C Lucero 

APIC National Conference.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.  June 2018. 

 

MPH Student to Infection Preventionist: Navigating the Changing Landscape of our Profession  

K Boston, A Vassallo 

APIC National Conference.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.  June 2018. 

 

Highly Reliable Infection Prevention Programs: Leveraging Interprofessional Skills to Improve Outcomes 

K Boston, V Kennedy  

American Council of Health Care Executives 2018 Congress on Healthcare Leadership.  Chicago, Illinois. March 2018.  

 

Engineering Success: Successfully Implementing CAUTI Prevention Practices  

K Boston, C Kirchner 

APIC National Conference. Charlotte, North Carolina. June 2016.  

 

How Do We Find Them and How Do We Keep Them: Recruitment and Training of the New Infection Preventionist.  

V Kennedy, K Boston, K Holmes, J McCarty 

APIC National Conference.  San Antonio, Texas. June 2012.  

 

 

ABSTRACTS AND POSTERS PRESENTED AT NATIONAL OR REGIONAL CONFERENCES 

 

Holmes, K., Moinuddin, M., & Steinfeld, S. (2020). Interrater Reliability: Item Analysis to Develop Valid Questions for Case-Study Scenarios. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 41(S1), S303-S303.  

DOI: 10.1017/ice.2020.886  

 

Multidisciplinary Central-Line Bundle Audit Rounding: A Strategy to Reduce CLABSIs. Reed E, Mitchell E,  Barton K, Boston KM, L Ostrosky-Zeichner. SHEA 2020. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 41 (S1), s323-s323 

 

Implementation of Electronic Readmission Alerts Reduces Risk of Secondary Measles Exposure Events. Boston KM, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Ellsworth M, McInnis-Cole T. Poster presented at IDWeek, October 2019. 

 

Is the Weekend Staff Really to Blame: Challenges in Isolation Compliance at an Academic Tertiary Care Center. Bassett S, Boston KM, Ostrosky-Zeichner L. Poster presented at IDWeek, October 2019. 

 

Mitigating Hospital Infection Risks Associated with Water Leaks. Rivera Y, Boston KM, Ostrosky-Zeichner L. Poster presented at University of Texas McGovern Medical School Internal Medicine Quality Fair. May 2019. 

Improving Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Insertion and Dressing Practices in the Level IV NICU for the Prevention of Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections. Milligan S, Kubanda A, Yager L, Ellsworth M, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Khan A, Boston KM. Poster presented at University of Texas McGovern Medical School Internal Medicine Quality Fair. May 2019. 

Multi-Disciplinary Central Line Bundle Audit Rounding: A Strategy to Reduce CLABSIs. Reed E, Mitchell E, Barton K, Boston KM, Ostrosky-Zeichner L. Poster presented at University of Texas McGovern Medical School Internal Medicine Quality Fair. May 2019. 

Culture of Cultures: Appropriate Clinical Screening and Treatment of Asymptomatic and Symptomatic Bacteriuria. Rivera Y, Ausborn VA, Boston KM, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Wanger A. Poster presented at CARMiG Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics Texas Medical Center AMR and Stewardship Conference, January 2019. 

Successful implementation of the interim CDC precautions during the care of a patient with C. auras colonization in an inpatient rehabilitation facility and an intensive care unit. Reimer-McAtee M, Reed E, Corsi G, Boston KM, Yalamanchili H, Wanger A, Chavez V, Bassett S, Ostrosky-Zeichner L. Poster presented at IDWeek, October  2018. 

Accuracy of the NHSN Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Definition. Al Hammadi A, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Boston KM, McInnis-Cole T, Butler J. Oral abstract presented at IDWeek, October 2018. 

Surgical Site Infection: Development of a Bundle to Reduce Surgical Site Infection Rate.  McBride J, Robinson E, Tufaro E, Boston KM, Donaghy J, Fisher V, Garrett A, Hodge E, Sampat D, Taylor R, Wynn A. Poster presented at American College of Surgeons Quality and Safety Conference, 2017. 

Contemporary Epidemiology of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs) in a Tertiary Care Center: Is Foley Re-Insertion a Novel Risk? Nowbakht C, Boston KM, Harrison N, Patel B, Katz J, Ostrosky-Zeichner L. Presented at IDWeek, 2017. 

Ebola Virus Preparedness at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. De Marco BM, Ferguson K, Moinuddin M, Steinfeld S, Morris-Harris D. Written Abstract presented at SHEA 2015. 

Patient Reported Hand Hygiene Observations: A Project Conducted at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center. De Marco BM, Ferguson K, Moinuddin M, Steinfeld S, Morris-Harris D. Written Abstract presented at SHEA 2015. 

A Multidisciplinary Approach to Hospital Wide Reduction of Hospital Onset Clostridium difficile Infection.  Kleypas YM, Klepac DM, Boston KM.  Poster presented at APIC Annual Conference, June 2014 

Control of Meropenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae by Optimizing Infection Prevention and Control Practices. Cifelli P, Banks L, Boston KM. American Journal of Infection Control.  2014 ;42:S3-S4. Oral abstract presented at APIC Annual Conference, June 2014.  

Cartographic Communication: Public Health Mapping.  Boston KM.  Poster presentation on geographic information systems and map design for medical geography, presented at the Texas Public Health GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Day, 2004 

 

INVITED SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS  

 

This is Not the Apocalypse You’re Looking For: Real Life Disasters, Fictional Recovery 

K Boston, T Houston, B Garcia, M Pal 

San Diego Comic Con. July 2020.  

 

Infection Prevention Practices Across the One Health Spectrum  

K Boston 

One Health Conference.  Harris County Public Health, Houston, Texas. September 2019. 

 

The Art of Infection: Fictional Diseases, Real Life  

K Boston 

San Diego Comic Con. San Diego, California. July 2019. 

 

Houston APIC Chapter Monthly Meeting and Regional Education. Houston, Texas. January 2020. 

Show Your Work: Incorporating Science Into Practice  

K Boston 

 

Houston APIC Chapter Monthly Meeting and Regional Education. Houston, Texas. April 2019.

 

Project Management for Infection Preventionists 

K Boston 

 

Florida Professionals in Infection Control Annual Conference. Tampa, Florida. September 2018. 

Houston APIC Chapter Monthly Meeting and Regional Education. Houston, Texas. October 2018. 

Central Pennsylvania APIC Chapter Conference. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. November 2018. 

 

Heroes of APIC: Infection Reduction through IP Team Integration and Patient Safety Culture  

K Boston 

 

Feedback and Coaching Strategies for Difficult Conversations.  

APIC Webinars.  February 2017. 

 

Ebola: International and Local Public Health Impact  

K Boston 

Trinity University Global Health Program Seminar. March 2015. 

 

Implementation Science: From the Journal to Practice  

K Boston 

San Antonio APIC Chapter Continuing Education.  San Antonio, Texas. September 2014.  

 

2013 Public Reporting Updates  

K Boston 

San Antonio APIC Chapter Continuing Education.  San Antonio, Texas. June 2013.