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Infection control compliance

Kelsey Chinnadurai, Lindy Fenlason, Brian Bridges, Mana Espahbodi, Sivakumar Chinnadurai, Jane Blood-Siegfried
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common nosocomial infection in pediatric intensive care units (ICUs). Ventilator-associated pneumonia protocols decrease the incidence of VAP; however, many components of these protocols are not feasible in all settings. This study was done in a large pediatric hospital in Nicaragua. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to implement a sustainable evidence-based VAP protocol, in a different culture, for the purpose of decreasing VAP rates...
November 2016: Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: DCCN
Asmaa Mohammad Ahmed, Ibrahim Ali Kabbash, Nadira Mansour Hassan, Nashwa Mohammad Radwan
One of the best ways to investigate and improve the effectiveness of polices for prevention and control of infections is through systematic and rigorous evaluation of the structural, functional, and practical elements of these polices. To assess the policies for managing occupational exposure to blood-borne viral infections in Tanta University Hospitals. A cross-sectional survey was carried out. A checklist was used to collect data related to the hospital policy regarding occupational exposure to blood-borne viral infections which was filled by direct personal interviews with the members of infection control (IC) committee of Tanta University Hospitals where the percentage of those in compliance with specific occupational management policies were reported...
October 8, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
J Cabon, L Louboutin, J Castric, S Bergmann, G Bovo, M Matras, O Haenen, N J Olesen, T Morin
Cyprinid herpesvirus 3 (CyHV-3) is the aetiological agent of a serious infective, notifiable disease affecting common carp and varieties. In survivors, infection is generally characterized by a subclinical latency phase with restricted viral replication. The CyHV-3 genome is difficult to detect in such carrier fish that represent a potential source of dissemination if viral reactivation occurs. In this study, the analytical and diagnostic performance of an alternative serum neutralization (SN) method based on the detection of CyHV-3-specific antibodies was assessed using 151 serum or plasma samples from healthy and naturally or experimentally CyHV-3-infected carp...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
H E El Bushra, M N Abdalla, H Al Arbash, Z Alshayeb, S Al-Ali, Z Al-Abdel Latif, H Al-Bahkit, O Abdalla, M Mohammed, H Al-Abdely, M Chahed, A L Lohiniva, A Bin Saeed
Between 19 April and 23 June 2015, 52 laboratory-confirmed cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome due to coronavirus (MERS) were reported from Al-Ahssa region, eastern Saudi Arabia. The first seven cases occurred in one family; these were followed by 45 cases in three public hospitals. The objectives of this investigation were to describe the epidemiological characteristic of the cluster and identify potential risk factors and control measures to be instituted to prevent further occurrence of MERS. We obtained the medical records of all confirmed cases, interviewed the members of the affected household and reviewed the actions taken by the health authorities...
October 2, 2016: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
Bente Olesen, Jacob Anhøj, Kenneth Palle Rasmussen, Kåre Mølbak, Marianne Voldstedlund
BACKGROUND: Although the timely isolation of patients is an essential intervention to limit spread of drug-resistant bacteria, information about the colonization status is often unavailable or lost when patients are readmitted or transferred between hospitals. Therefore, carriers of drug resistant bacteria are not recognized sufficiently early, and proper and timely isolation precautions are not taken. Consequently, resistant bacteria of public health concerns including vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) and methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can spread epidemically...
November 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Wafa Al Nasser, Aiman El-Saed, Amina Al-Jardani, Abdulhakeem Althaqafi, Huda Alansari, Jameela Alsalman, Zaina Al Maskari, Ayman El Gammal, Seif S Al-Abri, Hanan H Balkhy
BACKGROUND: The true burden of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) remains largely unknown because of a lack of national and regional surveillance reports in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The purpose of this study was to estimate location-specific CAUTI rates in the GCC region and to compare them with published reports from the U.S. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC). METHODS: CAUTI rates and urinary catheter utilization between 2008 and 2013 were calculated using NHSN methodology pooled from 6 hospitals in 3 GCC countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Stefano Livi, Fabrizio Zeri, Rossella Baroni
PURPOSE: To assess the compliance of Daily Disposable Contact Lenses (DDCLs) wearers with replacing lenses at a manufacturer-recommended replacement frequency. To evaluate the ability of two different Health Behavioural Theories (HBT), The Health Belief Model (HBM) and The Theory of Planned Behaviour (TPB), in predicting compliance. METHOD: A multi-centre survey was conducted using a questionnaire completed anonymously by contact lens wearers during the purchase of DDCLs...
September 23, 2016: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
P J Wu, D Jeyaratnam, O Tosas, B S Cooper, G L French
BACKGROUND: Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is frequently endemic in healthcare settings and may be transmitted by person-to-person spread. Asymptomatic MRSA carriers are potential, unsuspected sources for transmission and some of them may be identified by admission screening. AIM: To assess whether rapid point-of-care screening (POCS) for MRSA at hospital admission may be associated with a reduction in MRSA acquisition rates when compared with slower laboratory-based methods...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
Gamze Akkus, Mehtap Evran, Dilek Gungor, Mehmet Karakas, Murat Sert, Tamer Tetiker
OBJECTIVE: Impaired cellular immunity and reduced phagocytic function of polymorphonuclear leukocytes facilitate the development of skin fungal and bacterial infections due to uncontrolled hyperglycemia in diabetic patients. In our study, we aimed to assess onychomycosis and/or tinea pedis frequency in diabetic patients, and effects on the development of chronic complications, particularly foot ulcer. METHODS: We included 227 diabetic patients in the study. Forty-three patients had diabetic foot ulcer...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Angus Nnamdi Oli, Kelechi Christian Okoli, Nonye Treasure Ujam, Dave Ufuoma Adje, Ifeanyi Ezeobi
INTRODUCTION: Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) constitute a serious global public health challenge, causing great suffering to many people across the globe at any given time. This study ascertains the knowledge of health professionals on the challenge and their compliance with infection control measures. METHODS: Validated questionnaires were administered to 660 health professionals and supported with face-to-face interview. Data were analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
John C O'Horo, Haitao Lan, Charat Thongprayoon, Louis Schenck, Adil Ahmed, Mikhail Dziadzko
OBJECTIVE Ventilator-associated events (VAEs) are nosocomial events correlated with length of stay, costs, and mortality. Current ventilator bundle practices target the older definition of ventilator-associated pneumonia and have not been systematically evaluated for their impact on VAEs. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study. SETTING Tertiary medical center between January 2012 and August 2014. PARTICIPANTS All adult patients ventilated for at least 24 hours at our institution. INTERVENTIONS We conducted univariate analyses for compliance with each element; we focused on VAEs occurring within a 2-day window of failure to meet any ventilator bundle element...
September 19, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Hee-Soon Juon, Carol Strong, Frederic Kim, Eunmi Park, Sunmin Lee
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to evaluate the effect of a lay health worker (LHW) telephone intervention on completing a series of hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccinations among foreign-born Asian Americans in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. METHODS: During the period of April 2013 and March 2014, we recruited Asian Americans who were 18 years of age and older in the community-based organizations. Of the 645 eligible participants, 600 (201 Chinese, 198 Korean, 201 Vietnamese) completed a pretest survey and received hepatitis B screening...
2016: PloS One
María Luisa Martínez, Ricard Ferrer, Eva Torrents, Raquel Guillamat-Prats, Gemma Gomà, David Suárez, Luis Álvarez-Rocha, Juan Carlos Pozo Laderas, Ignacio Martín-Loeches, Mitchell M Levy, Antonio Artigas
OBJECTIVES: Time to clearance of pathogens is probably critical to outcome in septic shock. Current guidelines recommend intervention for source control within 12 hours after diagnosis. We aimed to determine the epidemiology of source control in the management of sepsis and to analyze the impact of timing to source control on mortality. DESIGN: Prospective observational analysis of the Antibiotic Intervention in Severe Sepsis study, a Spanish national multicenter educational intervention to improve antibiotherapy in sepsis...
September 8, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Mirian de Freitas DalBen, Elisa Teixeira Mendes, Maria Luisa Moura, Dania Abdel Rahman, Driele Peixoto, Sania Alves Dos Santos, Walquiria Barcelos de Figueiredo, Pedro Vitale Mendes, Leandro Utino Taniguchi, Francisco Antonio Bezerra Coutinho, Eduardo Massad, Anna Sara Levin
OBJECTIVE To reduce transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in an intensive care unit with interventions based on simulations by a developed mathematical model. DESIGN Before-after trial with a 44-week baseline period and 24-week intervention period. SETTING Medical intensive care unit of a tertiary care teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS All patients admitted to the unit. METHODS We developed a model of transmission of CRE in an intensive care unit and measured all necessary parameters for the model input...
November 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Olubunmi G Fasanmi, Syed Sayeem U Ahmed, Mutiu O Oladele-Bukola, Abdelgawad S El-Tahawy, Ahmed R Elbestawy, Folorunso O Fasina
Live bird market (LBM) is integral component in the perpetuation of HPAI H5N1, while biosecurity is crucial and key to the prevention and control of infectious diseases. Biosecurity compliance level and risk factor assessments in 155LBMs was evaluated in Nigeria and Egypt through the administration of a 68-item biosecurity checklist, scored based on the modifications of previous qualitative data, and analysed for degree of compliance. LBMs were scored as "complied with a biosecurity item" if they had good-very good scores (4)...
September 4, 2016: Acta Tropica
Andrew James Stewardson, Hugo Sax, Angèle Gayet-Ageron, Sylvie Touveneau, Yves Longtin, Walter Zingg, Didier Pittet
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene compliance of health-care workers remains suboptimal despite standard multimodal promotion, and evidence for the effectiveness of novel interventions is urgently needed. We aimed to assess the effect of enhanced performance feedback and patient participation on hand hygiene compliance in the setting of multimodal promotion. METHODS: We did a single-centre, cluster randomised controlled trial at University of Geneva Hospitals (Geneva, Switzerland)...
September 2, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
David U Olveda, Donald P McManus, Allen G P Ross
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Preventive chemotherapy is advocated for the global control and elimination of schistosomiasis. Despite the well known short-term benefits of treating patients for schistosomiasis, the impact of mass drug administration (MDA) campaigns to control the disease in the long term remains unresolved. RECENT FINDINGS: Many studies have advocated the success of MDA programs in order to attract donor funds for elimination efforts but such successes are often short-lived given the drug does not alter the life cycle of the organism or prevent reinfection...
August 31, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Gökhan Metan, Murat Akova
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is a worldwide challenge and associated with a high mortality rate in critically ill patients. This review focused on rapid diagnosis, optimization of antimicrobial therapy, and implication of effective infection control precautions to reduce impact of CRE on vulnerable patients. RECENT FINDINGS: Several new diagnostic assays have recently been described for the early diagnosis of CRE. Retrospective studies are supportive for colistin plus meropenem combination for the treatment of CRE infections; however, solid evidence is still lacking...
August 31, 2016: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Amanda Plummer, Martin Wildman, Tim Gleeson
BACKGROUND: Respiratory disease is the major cause of mortality and morbidity in cystic fibrosis. Life expectancy of people with cystic fibrosis has increased dramatically in the last 40 years. One of the major reasons for this increase is the mounting use of antibiotics to treat chest exacerbations caused by bacterial infections. The optimal duration of intravenous antibiotic therapy is not clearly defined. Individuals usually receive intravenous antibiotics for 14 days, but treatment may range from 10 to 21 days...
September 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Khalid M Almutairi, Abdulaziz Alhomaidi Alodhayani, Mahaman Moussa, Ahmad E Aboshaiqah, Regie B Tumala, Jason M Vinluan
INTRODUCTION: As medical professionals on the front lines in the outbreaks of infectious disease like Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), healthcare providers must have sufficient knowledge, skills, and best practices to protect themselves and the public from the disease. The purpose of this study is to identify the level of awareness, attitudes and practices among healthcare workers in relation to precautionary measures to EVD. METHODOLOGY: A total of 177 physicians and 545 nurses participated in a descriptive cross-sectional study from a tertiary government hospital in Saudi Arabia...
2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
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