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Infectious Disease Clinics of North America

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660091/vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-epidemiology-infection-prevention-and-control
#1
Katherine Reyes, Ana Cecilia Bardossy, Marcus Zervos
Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) infections have acquired prominence as a leading cause of health care-associated infections. Understanding VRE epidemiology, transmission modes in health care settings, risk factors for colonization, and infection is essential to prevention and control of VRE infections. Infection control strategies are pivotal in management of VRE infections and should be based on patient characteristics, hospital needs, and available resources. Hand hygiene is basic to decrease acquisition of VRE...
September 19, 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660090/multidrug-resistant-gram-negative-bacilli-infection-control-implications
#2
Amos Adler, N Deborah Friedman, Dror Marchaim
Antimicrobial resistance is a common iatrogenic complication of both modern life and medical care. Certain multidrug resistant and extensively drug resistant Gram-negative organisms pose the biggest challenges to health care today, predominantly owing to a lack of therapeutic options. Containing the spread of these organisms is challenging, and in reality, the application of multiple control measures during an evolving outbreak makes it difficult to measure the relative impact of each measure. This paper reviews the usefulness of various infection control measures in containing the spread of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacilli...
September 19, 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660089/prevention-of-infection-due-to-clostridium-difficile
#3
Christopher C Cooper, Robin L P Jump, Teena Chopra
Clostridium difficile is one of the foremost nosocomial pathogens. Preventing infection is particularly challenging. Effective prevention efforts typically require a multifaceted bundled approach. A variety of infection control procedures may be advantageous, including strict hand decontamination with soap and water, contact precautions, and using chlorine-containing decontamination agents. Additionally, risk factor reduction can help reduce the burden of disease. The risk factor modification is principally accomplished though antibiotic stewardship programs...
September 19, 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816145/infection-prevention-and-control-in-healthcare-part-ii-epidemiology-and-prevention-of-infections
#4
EDITORIAL
Keith S Kaye, Sorabh Dhar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816144/prevention-and-control-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-acute-care-settings
#5
REVIEW
Andie S Lee, Benedikt Huttner, Stephan Harbarth
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading cause of health care-associated infections worldwide. Controversies with regard to the effectiveness of various MRSA control strategies have contributed to varying approaches to the control of this pathogen in different settings. However, new evidence from large-scale studies has emerged, particularly with regards to MRSA screening and decolonization strategies, which will inform future control practices. The implementation as well as outcomes of control measures in the real world is not only influenced by scientific evidence but also depends on economic, administrative, governmental, and political influences...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816143/surgical-site-infections-an-update
#6
REVIEW
Bronwen H Garner, Deverick J Anderson
Surgical site infections (SSIs) lead to adverse patient outcomes, including prolonged hospitalization and death. Wound contamination occurs with each incision, but proven strategies exist to decrease the risk of SSI. In particular, improved adherence to evidence-based preventative measures related to appropriate antimicrobial prophylaxis can decrease the rate of SSI. Aggressive surgical debridement and effective antimicrobial therapy are needed to optimize the treatment of SSI.
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816142/ventilator-associated-events-and-their-prevention
#7
REVIEW
Noelle M Cocoros, Michael Klompas
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted the focus of safety surveillance in mechanically ventilated patients from ventilator-associated pneumonia to ventilator-associated events (VAEs) in 2013. The shift was designed to increase the objectivity and reproducibility of surveillance and to encourage quality-improvement programs to tackle a broader array of complications in mechanically ventilated patients. Prospective intervention studies have found that minimizing sedation, increasing the use of spontaneous awakening and breathing trials, and conservative fluid management can lower VAE rates and decrease duration of mechanical ventilation...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816141/urinary-tract-infections
#8
REVIEW
Carol E Chenoweth, Sanjay Saint
Catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) remains one of the most prevalent, yet preventable, health care-associated infections and predominantly occurs in patients with indwelling urinary catheters. Targeted strategies for prevention of CAUTI include limiting urinary catheter use; physician reminder systems, nurse-initiated discontinuation protocols, and automatic stop orders have successfully decreased catheter duration. Alternatives to indwelling catheters should be considered in appropriate patients...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816140/prevention-of-vascular-catheter-related-bloodstream-infections
#9
REVIEW
Mark E Rupp, Denisa Majorant
Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) are responsible for significant morbidity, mortality, and excess health care costs. It is increasingly evident that many CRBSI can be prevented with current knowledge and techniques. Preventive measures can be broadly grouped into clinical practice-based interventions and technologic innovations. Clinical practice-based interventions require changes in human behavior and can be subdivided into interventions before and at the time of insertion and postinsertion...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816139/health-care-acquired-viral-respiratory-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Ryan K Dare, Thomas R Talbot
Health care-acquired viral respiratory infections are common and cause increased patient morbidity and mortality. Respiratory syncytial virus and influenza virus are frequently transmitted in the hospital setting. Studies report decreased nosocomial transmission when aggressive infection control measures are implemented with more success using a multicomponent approach. Influenza vaccination of health care personnel has been shown to further decrease rates of transmission, thus mandatory vaccination is becoming more common...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816138/nosocomial-fungal-infections-epidemiology-infection-control-and-prevention
#11
REVIEW
Geehan Suleyman, George J Alangaden
Invasive fungal infections are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalized patients and in the immunocompromised population. This article reviews the current epidemiology of nosocomial fungal infections in adult patients, with an emphasis on invasive candidiasis and aspergillosis. Recently published recommendations and guidelines for the control and prevention of these nosocomial fungal infections are summarized in this article.
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660092/preventing-transmission-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-health-care-settings
#12
REVIEW
Chitra D Punjabi, Sarah R Perloff, Jerry M Zuckerman
Patients with tuberculosis (TB) pose a risk to other patients and health care workers, and outbreaks in health care settings occur when appropriate infection control measures are not used. In this article, we discuss strategies to prevent transmission of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within health care settings. All health care facilities should have an operational TB infection control plan that emphasizes the use of a hierarchy of controls (administrative, environmental, and personal respiratory protection). We also discuss resources available to clinicians who work in the prevention and investigation of nosocomial transmission of M tuberculosis...
December 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515150/infection-prevention-and-control-in-healthcare-part-i-facility-planning-and-management
#13
EDITORIAL
Keith S Kaye, Sorabh Dhar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515149/preventing-hospital-acquired-infections-in-low-income-and-middle-income-countries-impact-gaps-and-opportunities
#14
REVIEW
Ana Cecilia Bardossy, John Zervos, Marcus Zervos
In low-income and middle-income countries (LMIC) health care-associated infections (HAIs) are a serious concern. Many factors contribute to the impact in LMIC, including lack of infrastructure, inconsistent surveillance, deficiency in trained personnel and infection control programs, and poverty- related factors. In LMIC the risk of HAIs may be up to 25% of hospitalized patients. Building infection control capacity in LMIC is possible where strategies are tailored to the specific needs of LMIC. Strategies must start with simple, cost-effective measures then expand to include more complicated measures...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515148/infection-control-in-alternative-health-care-settings-an-update
#15
REVIEW
Elaine Flanagan, Marco Cassone, Ana Montoya, Lona Mody
With changing health care delivery, patients receive care at various settings including acute care hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient primary care and specialty clinics, and at home, exposing them to pathogens in various settings. Various health care settings face unique challenges, requiring individualized infection control programs. Infection control programs in nursing homes should address surveillance for infections and antimicrobial resistance, outbreak investigation and control plan for epidemics, isolation precautions, hand hygiene, staff education, and employee and resident health programs...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515147/antimicrobial-stewardship-for-the-infection-control-practitioner
#16
REVIEW
Jerod L Nagel, Keith S Kaye, Kerry L LaPlante, Jason M Pogue
Antibiotic misuse is a serious patient safety concern and a national public health priority. Years of indiscriminant antibiotic use has promoted selection for antibiotic resistant bacteria and Clostridium difficile This crisis has led to clinicians being faced with managing untreatable infections, often in the most vulnerable patient populations. This review summarizes the goals of antimicrobial stewardship programs, the essential members needed to initiate a program, various antimicrobial stewardship strategies, the role of the infection control practitioner in stewardship, barriers to its implementation and maintenance, approaches to measure the impact of a program, and the steps needed to initiate a program...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515146/informatics-in-infection-control
#17
REVIEW
Michael Y Lin, William E Trick
Informatics tools are becoming integral to routine infection control activities. Informatics has the potential to improve infection control outcomes in surveillance, prevention, and connections with public health. Surveillance activities include fully or semiautomated surveillance of infections, surveillance of device use, and hospital/ward outbreak investigation. Prevention activities include awareness of multidrug-resistant organism carriage on admission, enhanced interfacility communication, identifying inappropriate infection precautions, reducing device use, and antimicrobial stewardship...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515145/occupational-health-update-focus-on-preventing-the-acquisition-of-infections-with-pre-exposure-prophylaxis-and-postexposure-prophylaxis
#18
REVIEW
David J Weber, William A Rutala
Health care personnel are commonly exposed to infectious agents via sharp injuries (eg, human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus), direct patient care (eg, pertussis and meningococcus), and the contaminated environment (eg, Clostridium difficile). An effective occupational program is a key aspect of preventing acquisition of an infection by offering the following: (1) education of health care personnel regarding proper handling of sharps, early identification and isolation of potentially infectious patients, and hand hygiene; (2) assuring immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases; and, (3) immediate availability of a medical evaluation after a nonprotected exposure to an infectious disease...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515144/prevention-by-design-construction-and-renovation-of-health-care-facilities-for-patient-safety-and-infection-prevention
#19
REVIEW
Russell N Olmsted
The built environment supports the safe care of patients in health care facilities. Infection preventionists and health care epidemiologists have expertise in prevention and control of health care-associated infections (HAIs) and assist with designing and constructing facilities to prevent HAIs. However, design elements are often missing from initial concepts. In addition, there is a large body of evidence that implicates construction and renovation as being associated with clusters of HAIs, many of which are life threatening for select patient populations...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27515143/water-safety-and-legionella-in-health-care-priorities-policy-and-practice
#20
REVIEW
Shantini D Gamage, Meredith Ambrose, Stephen M Kralovic, Gary A Roselle
Health care facility water distribution systems have been implicated in the transmission of pathogens such as Legionella and nontuberculous mycobacteria to building occupants. These pathogens are natural inhabitants of water at low numbers and can amplify in premise plumbing water, especially if conditions are conducive to their growth. Because patients and residents in health care facilities are often at heightened risk for opportunistic infections, a multidisciplinary proactive approach to water safety is important to balance the various water priorities in health care and prevent water-associated infections in building occupants...
September 2016: Infectious Disease Clinics of North America
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