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Journal of Hospital Infection

B Meyer, E Wishart
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December 18, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
F R L Crijns, M M Keinänen-Toivola, C P Dunne
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December 18, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
G Messina, D Rosadini, S Burgassi, D Messina, N Nante, M Tani, G Cevenini
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December 10, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
J Lefebvre, S Buffet-Bataillon, P L Henaux, L Riffaud, X Morandi, C Haegelen
In a controlled before-and-after study in a single centre, it was aimed to determine whether identification of Staphylococcus aureus nasal carriers followed by nasal mupirocin ointment and chlorhexidine soap reduced surgical site infections (SSIs) among 182 patients undergoing deep brain stimulation. In all, 119 patients were included in the control group and 63 in the screening group. There was a significant SSI decrease from 10.9% to 1.6% between the two groups (P<0.04; relative risk: 0.13; 95% confidence interval: 0...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
M Totaro, P Valentini, B Casini, M Miccoli, A L Costa, A Baggiani
BACKGROUND: Waterborne pathogens such as Pseudomonas spp. and Legionella spp. may persist in hospital water networks despite chemical disinfection. Point-of-use filtration represents a physical control measure that can be applied in high-risk areas to contain the exposure to such pathogens. New technologies have enabled an extension of filters' lifetimes and have made available faucet hollow-fibre filters for water ultrafiltration. AIM: To compare point-of-use filters applied to cold water within their period of validity...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
K L McCarthy, D L Paterson
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bloodstream infections (BSI) are associated with substantial short-term mortality. There is little data on long-term mortality associated with this BSI. AIM: To describe mortality rates up to one year post infection and the significant factors associated with death. METHODS: Positive blood cultures for P. aeruginosa were identified retrospectively from January 2008 to January 2011 at seven tertiary care hospitals...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
I-C Tai, T-P Liu, Y-J Chen, R-I Lien, C-Y Lee, Y-C Huang
Between March and May 2012, three neonates born at a regional maternity hospital developed Elizabethkingia meningoseptica (previously Chryseobacterium meningosepticum) sepsis with meningitis aged <10 days, and were treated successfully with intravenous ciprofloxacin plus vancomycin or piperacillin-tazobactam for three to six weeks. Four (16.6%) of 24 environmental specimens obtained from the nursery and delivery room were positive for this organism. All of the clinical isolates and two isolates from storage boxes for pacifiers and pacifier covers were genetically identical...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
R A Atkinson, A Jones, K Ousey, J Stephenson
BACKGROUND: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a serious potential complication of spinal surgery. SSI may impact significantly on inpatient hospitalization and the costs associated with extra care. AIM: To investigate the management of patients experiencing SSI following surgery for spinal metastatic tumours, and to estimate the costs associated with SSI in this context. METHODS: Patients experiencing SSI following spinal tumour surgery at a large spinal surgery centre between January 2009 and December 2012 were identified...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
M Dulon, B Lisiak, D Wendeler, A Nienhaus
BACKGROUND: Needlestick injuries (NSIs) are the most common cause of sharps injuries and pose a serious risk to healthcare workers (HCWs). In 2014, 'Technical rule for biological agents in healthcare and welfare facilities' (TRBA 250) was modified in Germany in order to promote the prevention of sharps injuries. AIMS: To examine the epidemiology of NSIs among HCWs in hospitals, doctor's offices and in- and outpatient care; to collect information on the causes of the accidents when safety-engineered devices (SEDs) are used; and to compare the results with the main principles of TRBA 250...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
C M Gorcea, E Tholouli, A Turner, M Saif, E Davies, E Battersby, F L Dignan
BACKGROUND: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a frequent cause of respiratory viral infections, increasing the morbidity and mortality in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients. Little is known about the best management strategy in this immunocompromised group and there are very few data on oral ribavirin treatment. AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of oral ribavirin in allogeneic HSCT patients with RSV infection. METHODS: Twenty-three RSV cases treated with oral ribavirin were analysed retrospectively...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
E Tartari, D Pires, F Bellissimo-Rodrigues, M De Kraker, T-H Borzykowski, B Allegranzi, D Pittet
On the 10(th) anniversary of the 'Clean Care is Safer Care' programme, the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety launched the 'Global Hand Sanitizing Relay 2015' (HSRelay). This hospital-wide activity promotes the WHO handrubbing technique to improve hand hygiene (HH) compliance. More than 15,000 healthcare workers (HCWs) from 133 hospitals in 43 countries participated. Between May and September 2015, 14 hospitals submitted pre- and post-event HH compliance data; 57% (8/14) reported a significant increase while others showed minimal or no improvement (average absolute change 9...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
S Benamar, N Cassir, V Merhej, P Jardot, C Robert, D Raoult, B La Scola
BACKGROUND: Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) is a devastating gastrointestinal disease with high morbidity and mortality that predominantly affects preterm neonates during outbreaks. In a previous study, the present authors identified 15 Clostridium butyricum isolates from stool samples during a series of NEC cases involving four neonatal intensive care units. A clonal lineage of these strains was observed by in-silico multi-locus sequence typing. AIM: To confirm the previous findings by sequencing a larger number of C...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
A Tammelin, A-M Blomfeldt
A low level of air-borne bacteria in the operating room air can be achieved if all staff wear clothes made of low-permeability material (i.e. clean air suits). This study investigated if there was a difference in protective efficacy between two single-use scrubs made of polypropylene by testing them during routinely performed orthopaedic surgical procedures. No significant difference in the colony-forming unit count/m(3) air was found between the two scrubs, so the choice can be based on which scrub type is more comfortable for staff...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
G Kampf, A Kramer, M Suchomel
The World Health Organization recommends the use of hand rubs with 'sustained activity' for surgical hand preparation. This review aims to verify whether any of the alcohol-based hand rubs containing non-volatile 'active ingredients' such as chlorhexidine digluconate (CHG), mecetronium ethylsulphate (MES), or ortho-phenylphenol (OPP) provides such sustained efficacy for surgical hand disinfection. Literature was searched to find studies according to EN 12791. Published data sets were analysed to verify whether any of the formulations has a superior efficacy (P<0...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
O Fasugba, J Koerner, B G Mitchell, A Gardner
BACKGROUND: Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) are among the most common healthcare-associated infections. Antiseptic cleaning of the meatal area before and during catheter use may reduce the risk of CAUTIs. AIM: To undertake a systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis of studies investigating the effectiveness of antiseptic cleaning before urinary catheter insertion and during catheter use for prevention of CAUTIs. METHODS: Electronic databases were searched to identify randomized controlled trials...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
A Chmielarczyk, M Pomorska-Wesołowska, A Szczypta, D Romaniszyn, M Pobiega, J Wójkowska-Mach
BACKGROUND: Accumulated data indicate that meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are associated with a worse prognosis than methicillin-susceptible S. aureus infections. AIM: To assess the epidemiological profile of S. aureus infections and the genetic diversity of clinical strains of MRSA in 12 hospitals in southern Poland. METHODS: Samples from bloodstream infections, pneumonia, and skin and soft tissue infections from adult patients were examined...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
W Wetzker, K Bunte-Schönberger, J Walter, C Schröder, P Gastmeier, C Reichardt
BACKGROUND: Germany has established a nationwide surveillance system of alcohol-based hand-rub consumption (AHC) per patient-day in hospital settings as a surrogate parameter for hand hygiene (HH) compliance. Analysis of AHC data in intensive care units (ICUs) shows not only a wide range of consumption between units of different specialties, but also within units of one specialty. This seems to reflect variation in the number of HH opportunities per patient-day between ICUs due to variation in complexity of care...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
M N Quraishi, J Segal, B Mullish, V L McCune, P Hawkey, A Colville, H Williams, A Hart, T H Iqbal
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November 3, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
K E Michael, D No, M C Roberts
BACKGROUND: Enterococcus spp. are a normal part of the gastrointestinal tract of humans and animals. They are also important pathogens, being responsible for 14% of US nosocomial infections from 2007 to 2010. AIM: To examine a laundry facility that processes clinical linens for the presence and seasonality of vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus spp. METHODS: Surface samples were collected four times in 2015 from the dirty and clean areas of the laundry facility...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
K Hughes, K A Lalikian, J Schwartz, R B Turner
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October 27, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
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