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Scottsdale firm helped nursing homes with infection control in midst of pandemic--Arizona Republic

Updated: Nov 17, 2021

By: Georgann Yara, Arizona Republic Her plan four years ago seemed pretty straightforward: Help nursing homes communicate their infection rates to the CDC in an effort to curb what she saw was a big problem.

At the time, there was no federal requirement for nursing homes to report these numbers. But epidemiologist and infection control specialist Buffy Lloyd-Krejci knew that harnessing accurate data was needed to fully understand why those facilities experienced such high infection rates.

It didn’t take long to realize her aim was barely scratching the surface.

“What I was naïve to was that the basic infection control practices weren’t there. I needed to teach people about hygiene, not entering data,” Lloyd-Krejci said.

And that’s when the business model of IPCWell, the Scottsdale company that Lloyd-Krejci started in 2017, changed from research based to one that required a hands-on, in-the-trenches approach.

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