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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641586/access-education-and-policy-awareness-predictors-of-influenza-vaccine-acceptance-among-vha-healthcare-workers
#1
Jennifer Lipkowitz Eaton, David C Mohr, Kathleen M McPhaul, Richard A Kaslow, Richard A Martinello
OBJECTIVE To identify predictors of influenza vaccine acceptance among VHA healthcare workers (HCWs), with emphasis on modifiable factors related to promotion campaigns. DESIGN Survey. SETTING National single-payer healthcare system with 140 hospitals and 321,000 HCWs. PARTICIPANTS National voluntary sample of HCWs in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) system. METHODS We invited a random sample of 5% of all VHA HCWs to participate. An 18-item intranet-based survey inquired about occupation, vaccination status, employer policy, and local campaign efforts...
June 23, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633680/impact-of-organism-identification-method-on-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infection-designation
#2
Emily J Gomez, Amity L Roberts, Diana P Robinson, Kevin Alby, Nathan A Ledeboer, Christopher D Doern, David W Lander, Gonzalo Bearman, Kaede V Sullivan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633679/multistate-modeling-to-analyze-nosocomial-infection-data-an-introduction-and-demonstration
#3
Martin Wolkewitz, Maja von Cube, Martin Schumacher
OBJECTIVE Multistate and competing risks models have become an established and adequate tool with which to quantify determinants and consequences of nosocomial infections. In this tutorial article, we explain and demonstrate the basics of these models to a broader audience of professionals in health care, infection control, and hospital epidemiology. METHODS Using a publicly available data set from a cohort study of intensive care unit patients, we show how hospital infection data can be displayed and explored graphically and how simple formulas are derived under some simplified assumptions for illustrating the basic ideas behind multistate models...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633678/variation-in-empiric-coverage-versus-detection-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-in-hospitalizations-for-community-onset-pneumonia-across-128-us-veterans-affairs-medical-centers
#4
Barbara E Jones, Kevin Antoine Brown, Makoto M Jones, Benedikt D Huttner, Tom Greene, Brian C Sauer, Karl Madaras-Kelly, Michael A Rubin, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, Matthew H Samore
OBJECTIVE To examine variation in antibiotic coverage and detection of resistant pathogens in community-onset pneumonia. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING A total of 128 hospitals in the Veterans Affairs health system. PARTICIPANTS Hospitalizations with a principal diagnosis of pneumonia from 2009 through 2010. METHODS We examined proportions of hospitalizations with empiric antibiotic coverage for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PAER) and with initial detection in blood or respiratory cultures...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633677/surveillance-of-endoscopes-comparison-of-different-sampling-techniques
#5
Lien Cattoir, Thomas Vanzieleghem, Lisa Florin, Tania Helleputte, Martine De Vos, Bruno Verhasselt, Jerina Boelens, Isabel Leroux-Roels
OBJECTIVE To compare different techniques of endoscope sampling to assess residual bacterial contamination. DESIGN Diagnostic study. SETTING The endoscopy unit of an 1,100-bed university hospital performing ~13,000 endoscopic procedures annually. METHODS In total, 4 sampling techniques, combining flushing fluid with or without a commercial endoscope brush, were compared in an endoscope model. Based on these results, sterile physiological saline flushing with or without PULL THRU brush was selected for evaluation on 40 flexible endoscopes by adenosine triphosphate (ATP) measurement and bacterial culture...
June 21, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625181/when-sterile-processing-goes-down-an-economic-analysis-of-alternative-strategies-for-supporting-the-service
#6
Susan E Mittenzwei, Jeannie L Topkoff, Mary T Bessesen, Clifford A Porter, Gurdev S Rai, Westyn Branch-Elliman
Given steam-quality challenges at our facility, the financial impact of options for reopening the sterile processing service unit were explored; duration of closure was the major driver of costs. Other potential negative effects of operating-room shutdowns include injury to facility reputation, loss of staff, loss of reimbursements, and harm to residency programs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1-3.
June 19, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625170/indirect-versus-direct-standardization-methods-for-reporting-healthcare-associated-infections-an-analysis-of-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-maryland
#7
Lyndsay M O'Hara, Max Masnick, Surbhi Leekha, Sarah S Jackson, Natalia Blanco, Anthony D Harris
Whether healthcare-associated infection data should be presented using indirect (current CMS/CDC methodology) or direct standardization remains controversial. We applied both methods to central-line-associated bloodstream infection data from 45 acute-care hospitals in Maryland from 2012 to 2014. We found that the 2 methods generate different hospital rankings with payment implications. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1-4.
June 19, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615088/healthcare-antibiotic-resistance-prevalence-dc-harp-dc-a-regional-prevalence-assessment-of-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-cre-in-healthcare-facilities-in-washington-district-of-columbia
#8
Jacqueline Reuben, Nancy Donegan, Glenn Wortmann, Roberta DeBiasi, Xiaoyan Song, Princy Kumar, Mary McFadden, Sylvia Clagon, Janet Mirdamadi, Diane White, Jo Ellen Harris, Angella Browne, Jane Hooker, Michael Yochelson, Milena Walker, Gary Little, Gail Jernigan, Kathleen Hansen, Brenda Dockery, Brendan Sinatro, Morris Blaylock, Kimary Harmon, Preetha Iyengar, Trevor Wagner, Jo Anne Nelson
OBJECTIVE Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are a significant clinical and public health concern. Understanding the distribution of CRE colonization and developing a coordinated approach are key components of control efforts. The prevalence of CRE in the District of Columbia is unknown. We sought to determine the CRE colonization prevalence within healthcare facilities (HCFs) in the District of Columbia using a collaborative, regional approach. DESIGN Point-prevalence study. SETTING This study included 16 HCFs in the District of Columbia: all 8 acute-care hospitals (ACHs), 5 of 19 skilled nursing facilities, 2 (both) long-term acute-care facilities, and 1 (the sole) inpatient rehabilitation facility...
June 15, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612697/what-is-the-applicability-of-a-novel-surveillance-concept-of-ventilator-associated-events
#9
Miia Jansson, Tero Ala-Kokko, Lauri Ahvenjärvi, Jaana Karhu, Pasi Ohtonen, Hannu Syrjälä
BACKGROUND In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a novel surveillance concept called the "ventilator-associated event," which focused surveillance on objective measures of complications among patients that underwent invasive ventilations. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the concordance and possible differences in efficacy (ie, disease severity and outcomes) between 2 surveillance paradigms: (1) infection-related ventilator-associated complications (iVAC) and (2) on conventional ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP)...
June 14, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606192/assessment-of-healthcare-worker-protocol-deviations-and-self-contamination-during-personal-protective-equipment-donning-and-doffing
#10
Jennie H Kwon, Carey-Ann D Burnham, Kimberly A Reske, Stephen Y Liang, Tiffany Hink, Meghan A Wallace, Angela Shupe, Sondra Seiler, Candice Cass, Victoria J Fraser, Erik R Dubberke
OBJECTIVE To evaluate healthcare worker (HCW) risk of self-contamination when donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) using fluorescence and MS2 bacteriophage. DESIGN Prospective pilot study. SETTING Tertiary-care hospital. PARTICIPANTS A total of 36 HCWs were included in this study: 18 donned/doffed contact precaution (CP) PPE and 18 donned/doffed Ebola virus disease (EVD) PPE. INTERVENTIONS HCWs donned PPE according to standard protocols. Fluorescent liquid and MS2 bacteriophage were applied to HCWs...
June 13, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592348/distinguishing-clostridium-difficile-recurrence-from-reinfection-independent-validation-of-current-recommendations
#11
Ana Durovic, Andreas F Widmer, Reno Frei, Sarah Tschudin-Sutter
OBJECTIVE Distinguishing recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), defined as CDI caused by the same genotype, from reinfection with a different genotype, has important implications for surveillance and clinical trials investigating treatment effectiveness. We validated the proposed 8-week period for distinguishing "same genotype CDI" from "different genotype CDI," and we aimed to identify clinical variables with distinctiveness to propose an improved definition. METHODS From January 2004 to December 2013, a cohort of all inpatients with CDI at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland, was established, and respective strains were collected...
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592346/analysing-tuberculosis-cases-among-healthcare-workers-to-inform-infection-control-policy-and-practices
#12
Gerard de Vries, Rianne van Hunen, Fleur S Meerstadt-Rombach, Paul D L P M van der Valk, Marinus Vermue, Sytze T Keizer
OBJECTIVE To determine the number and proportion of healthcare worker (HCW) tuberculosis (TB) cases infected while working in healthcare institutions in the Netherlands and to learn from circumstances that led to these infections. DESIGN Cohort analysis. METHODS We included all HCW TB patients reported to the Netherlands TB Register from 2000 to 2015. Using data from this register, including DNA fingerprints of the bacteria profile and additional information from public health clinics, HCW TB cases were classified into 4 categories: (1) infected during work in the Netherlands, (2) infected in the community, (3) infected outside the Netherlands, or (4) outside these 3 categories...
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592343/external-validation-of-three-prediction-tools-for-patients-at-risk-of-a-complicated-course-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-disappointing-in-an-outbreak-setting
#13
Yvette H van Beurden, Marjolein P M Hensgens, Olaf M Dekkers, Saskia Le Cessie, Chris J J Mulder, Christina M J E Vandenbroucke-Grauls
OBJECTIVE Estimating the risk of a complicated course of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) might help doctors guide treatment. We aimed to validate 3 published prediction models: Hensgens (2014), Na (2015), and Welfare (2011). METHODS The validation cohort comprised 148 patients diagnosed with CDI between May 2013 and March 2014. During this period, 70 endemic cases of CDI occurred as well as 78 cases of CDI related to an outbreak of C. difficile ribotype 027. Model calibration and discrimination were assessed for the 3 prediction rules...
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592341/intensive-care-unit-probiotic-utilization-rates-when-committee-recommendations-and-physician-utilization-diverge
#14
Andrew C Berry, Meghan Learned, Jeffery Garland, Lauryn Berry, Sonia Rodriguez, Benjamin Scott, Bruce B Berry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592333/effect-of-cessation-of-contact-isolation-for-endemic-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-and-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci
#15
Mark E Rupp, Teresa Fitzgerald, Kim Hayes, Trevor Van Schooneveld, Angela Hewlett, Ryan Clevenger, Elizabeth Lyden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 8, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585515/cost-savings-and-burden-of-an-intravascular-line-tip-culture-screening-policy
#16
Felipe Francisco Tuon, Sarah Pacher, Laryssa Gonçalves Moreira, Guilherme Becker, Juliette Cielinski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580894/hospital-acquired-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bloodstream-infections-in-qu%C3%A3-bec-impact-of-guidelines
#17
Lynne Li, Elise Fortin, Claude Tremblay, Muleka Ngenda-Muadi, Christophe Garenc, Danielle Moisan, Jasmin Villeneuve, Caroline Quach
OBJECTIVE We examined the impact of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) guidelines in Québec adult hospitals from January 1, 2006, to March 31, 2015, by examining the incidence rate reduction (IRR) in healthcare-associated MRSA bloodstream infections (HA-MRSA), using central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) as a comparator. METHODS In this study, we utilized a quasi-experimental design with Poisson segmented regression to model HA-MRSA and CLABSI incidence for successive 4-week surveillance segments, stratified by teaching status...
June 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580893/appropriateness-of-surgical-antibiotic-prophylaxis-in-pediatric-patients-in-italy
#18
Mariavalentina Giordano, Lorena Squillace, Maria Pavia
OBJECTIVES Appropriate use of surgical antibiotic prophylaxis (SAP) reduces intraoperative wound contamination in pediatric surgery, thus minimizing the risk of surgical site infection (SSIs). Conversely, inappropriate use of SAP exposes patients to the risk of antibiotic side effects and contributes to the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. Our aims were to describe SAP administration and to analyze factors associated with nonadherence in pediatric patients. DESIGN Descriptive study. SETTING Overall, 955 pediatric patients underwent 1,038 surgical procedures...
June 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578731/bacterial-infections-in-neonates-following-mupirocin-based-mrsa-decolonization-a-multicenter-cohort-study
#19
Rebecca Pierce, Kristina Bryant, Alexis Elward, Justin Lessler, Aaron M Milstone
OBJECTIVE To characterize the risk of infection after MRSA decolonization with intranasal mupirocin. DESIGN Multicenter, retrospective cohort study. SETTING Tertiary care neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) from 3 urban hospitals in the United States ranging in size from 45 to 100 beds. METHODS MRSA-colonized neonates were identified from NICU admissions occurring from January 2007 to December 2014, during which a targeted decolonization strategy was used for MRSA control. In 2 time-to-event analyses, MRSA-colonized neonates were observed from the date of the first MRSA-positive surveillance screen until (1) the first occurrence of novel gram-positive cocci in sterile culture or discharge or (2) the first occurrence of novel gram-negative bacilli in sterile culture or discharge...
June 5, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571589/computer-assisted-antimicrobial-recommendations-for-optimal-therapy-analysis-of-prescribing-errors-in-an-antimicrobial-stewardship-trial
#20
David N Schwartz, Kevin W McConeghy, Rosie D Lyles, Ulysses Wu, Robert C Glowacki, Gail S Itokazu, Piotr Kieszkowski, Yingxu Xiang, Bala Hota, Robert A Weinstein
Clinician education and prospective audit and feedback interventions, deployed separately and concurrently, did not reduce antimicrobial use errors or rates compared to a control group of general medicine inpatients at our public hospital. Additional research is needed to define the optimal scope and intensity of hospital antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;1-3.
June 2, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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