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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228969/prevention-and-treatment-of-neonatal-nosocomial-infections
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REVIEW
Jayashree Ramasethu
Nosocomial or hospital acquired infections threaten the survival and neurodevelopmental outcomes of infants admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit, and increase cost of care. Premature infants are particularly vulnerable since they often undergo invasive procedures and are dependent on central catheters to deliver nutrition and on ventilators for respiratory support. Prevention of nosocomial infection is a critical patient safety imperative, and invariably requires a multidisciplinary approach. There are no short cuts...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228825/the-ultrasound-unit-and-infection-control-are-we-on-the-right-track
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Susan C Westerway, Jocelyne M Basseal
Best practice guidelines for the disinfection of ultrasound transducers and infection prevention in ultrasound departments are generally recommended by either government health groups or the ultrasound societies of individual countries. The literature shows a wide variance in not only transducer cleaning methods but basic hygiene practices in the ultrasound workplace. This paper describes results from a UK survey of disinfection of ultrasound transducers and hygiene practice in the workplace. The survey revealed that some ultrasound practitioners did not follow current guidelines with regard to the correct disinfection method of transducers, cords or ultrasound machine keyboards...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224119/vesicular-stomatitis-virus-vectored-multi-antigen-tuberculosis-vaccine-limits-bacterial-proliferation-in-mice-following-a-single-intranasal-dose
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Ming Zhang, Chunsheng Dong, Sidong Xiong
Tuberculosis (TB) remains a serious health problem worldwide, and an urgent need exists to improve or replace the available vaccine, Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). Most vaccination protocols adapt two or three doses to induce long-term lasting immunity. Our previous study showed that the naked DNA encoding the triple-antigen fusion TFP846 (Rv3615c-Mtb10.4-Rv2660c) induced robust T cellular immune responses accompanying four inoculations against mycobacteria infection. However, a number of compliance issues exist in some areas lacking the appropriate medical infrastructure with multiple administrations...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216701/impact-of-modified-quality-control-checklist-on-protocol-adherence-and-outcomes-in-a-post-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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Lakshmi Kumar, Meenu Dominic, Sunil Rajan, Sanjeev Singh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Quality improvement (QI) is the sum of all activities that create desired changes in the quality. An effective QI system results in a stepwise increase in quality of care. The efficiency of any health-care unit is judged by its quality indicators. We aimed to evaluate the impact of QI initiatives on outcomes in a surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU). METHODS: This was an observational study carried out using a compliance checklist, developed from the combination of the World Health Organization surgery checklist and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America guidelines for the prevention of infections...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215912/questionnaire-based-analysis-of-infection-prevention-and-control-in-healthcare-facilities-in-saudi-arabia-in-regards-to-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome
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Ali A Rabaan, Hatem M Alhani, Ali M Bazzi, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed
Effective implementation of infection prevention and control in healthcare facilities depends on training, awareness and compliance of healthcare workers. In Saudi Arabia recent significant hospital outbreaks, including Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), have resulted from lack of, or breakdown in, infection prevention and control procedures. This study was designed to assess attitudes to, and awareness of, infection prevention and control policies and guidelines among healthcare workers of different professions and institution types in Saudi Arabia...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214161/human-factors-related-to-time-dependent-infection-control-measures-scrub-the-hub-for-venous-catheters-and-feeding-tubes
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Lindsay Caspari, Elizabeth Epstein, Amy Blackman, Li Jin, David A Kaufman
BACKGROUND: The use of catheter hub decontamination protocols is a common practice to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections. However, few data exist on the most effective disinfection procedure prior to hub access accounting for human factors and time-dependent practices in real time in the clinical setting. METHODS: An observational design with a multimodal intervention was used in this study in a neonatal intensive care unit. Direct observations on nurse compliance of scrub times with decontamination when accessing of venous catheter and feeding tube hubs were conducted during 3 phases: (1) baseline period prior to any interventions; (2) during an educational intervention phase; and (3) during a timer intervention period when using a timing device, either an actual timer or music button...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207505/efficacy-of-1st-line-bismuth-containing-quadruple-therapies-with-levofloxacin-or-clarithromycin-for-the-eradication-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-a-1-week-open-label-randomized-trial
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Jing Su, Xiaoying Zhou, Han Chen, Bo Hao, Weifeng Zhang, Guoxin Zhang
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present open-label, randomized control trial was to determine the clinical efficacy and safety of two 1-week bismuth-containing quadruple regimens and 1 levofloxacin-based triple regimen for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection in treatment-naive patients. The influence of susceptibility and host CYP2C19 polymorphisms on the efficacy was also evaluated. METHODS: Eligible patients were randomly to receive esomeprazole and colloidal bismuth pectin along with clarithromycin and amoxicillin (EBCA), esomeprazole and colloidal bismuth pectin along with levofloxacin and amoxicillin (EBLA), or esomeprazole along levofloxacin and amoxicillin (ELA) for 1 week...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198632/engineering-oral-and-parenteral-amorphous-amphotericin-b-formulations-against-experimental-trypanosoma-cruzi-infections
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Miriam Rolón, Dolores R Serrano, Aikaterini Lalatsa, Esther de Pablo, Juan Jose Torrado, Maria Paloma Ballesteros, Anne Marie Healy, Celeste Vega, Cathia Coronel, Francisco Bolas-Fernández, Maria Auxiliadora Dea-Ayuela
Chagas disease (CD) is a parasitic zoonosis endemic in most mainland countries of Central and South America affecting nearly 10 million people, with 100 million people at high risk of contracting the disease. Treatment is only effective if received at the early stages of the disease. Only two drugs (benznidazole and nifurtimox) have so far been marketed and both share various limitations such as variable efficacy, many side effects and long duration of treatment, thus reducing compliance. The in vitro and in vivo efficacy of poly-aggregated amphotericin B (AmB), encapsulated poly-aggregated AmB in albumin microspheres (AmB-AME) and dimeric AmB - sodium deoxycholate micelles (AmB-NaDC) was evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195032/ph-responsive-carriers-for-oral-drug-delivery-challenges-and-opportunities-of-current-platforms
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REVIEW
Lin Liu, WenDong Yao, YueFeng Rao, XiaoYang Lu, JianQing Gao
Oral administration is a desirable alternative of parenteral administration due to the convenience and increased compliance to patients, especially for chronic diseases that require frequent administration. The oral drug delivery is a dynamic research field despite the numerous challenges limiting their effective delivery, such as enzyme degradation, hydrolysis and low permeability of intestinal epithelium in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. pH-Responsive carriers offer excellent potential as oral therapeutic systems due to enhancing the stability of drug delivery in stomach and achieving controlled release in intestines...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192635/risk-factors-for-hospitalization-of-children-with-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia
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Ming Yang, Perrin C White
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) owing to 21-hydroxylase deficiency are prone to potentially life-threatening adrenal crises. We tried to identify risk factors for post-diagnosis hospitalization for children with the salt wasting form of CAH. METHODS: We reviewed medical records of all children who presented to Children's Medical Center Dallas from 1999 to 2013 with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (ICD-9 code 255.2). RESULTS: 522 unique patients were coded for ICD-9 code of 255...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178770/interventions-to-improve-antibiotic-prescribing-practices-for-hospital-inpatients
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REVIEW
Peter Davey, Charis A Marwick, Claire L Scott, Esmita Charani, Kirsty McNeil, Erwin Brown, Ian M Gould, Craig R Ramsay, Susan Michie
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance is a major public health problem. Infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria are associated with prolonged hospital stay and death compared with infections caused by susceptible bacteria. Appropriate antibiotic use in hospitals should ensure effective treatment of patients with infection and reduce unnecessary prescriptions. We updated this systematic review to evaluate the impact of interventions to improve antibiotic prescribing to hospital inpatients...
February 9, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176132/checking-rounds-for-isolation-precautions-in-the-control-of-multidrug-resistant-organisms-reduction-achieved
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P Barbadoro, E Martini, M G Gioia, R Stoico, S Savini, E Manso, G Serafini, E Prospero, M M D'Errico
The objective of this investigation was to analyze the effectiveness of a quality improvement initiative in limiting the spread of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) in the hospital setting. During the period 2011-2013, a multimodal intervention was activated at a tertiary care center in Italy. The intervention included: laboratory-based surveillance, interdisciplinary training sessions, monitoring the adoption of isolation precautions and daily supervision provided by infection control nurses, and a monthly feedback...
February 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139265/an-automated-hand-hygiene-compliance-system-is-associated-with-improved-monitoring-of-hand-hygiene
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Saungi McCalla, Maggie Reilly, Rowena Thomas, Dawn McSpedon-Rai
BACKGROUND: Consistent hand hygiene is key to reducing health care-associated infections (HAIs) and assessing compliance with hand hygiene protocols is vital for hospital infection control staff. A new automated hand hygiene compliance system (HHCS) was trialed as an alternative to human observers in an intensive care unit and an intensive care stepdown unit at a hospital facility in the northeastern United States. METHODS: Using a retrospective cohort design, researchers investigated whether implementation of the HHCS resulted in improved hand hygiene compliance and a reduction in common HAI rates...
January 27, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132048/-donation-and-some-problems-of-defect-of-donor-s-blood
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K Tashtemirov, S Imangazinov, O Tashtemirova, V Egoshin
There was analyzed the prevalence of transfusion-transmissible infections among blood donors and its components by examining the monitoring of donor withdrawal to donations, the absolute structure of defect in the Blood Center of Pavlodar region (BCPR) of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The results quality was ensured by the compliance of the rules and conditions of the analytical and post analytical stages of the internal quality control. It is shown that the need to improve the work of a single donor's information center (EDITS), because Only 11...
December 2016: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131421/impact-of-a-hand-hygiene-audit-on-hand-hygiene-compliance-in-a-tertiary-care-public-sector-teaching-hospital-in-south-india
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Apurba Sankar Sastry, Deepashree R, Prasanna Bhat
BACKGROUND: Hand hygiene (HH) practice is considered the most simple, cost-effective, and efficient way to prevent device-associated infections. Continuous auditing plays a vital role in the conversion of HH knowledge into practice. METHODS: An HH audit was carried out October 2015-September 2016 in 18 locations for a total of 1,080 observation periods and 64,800 minutes of observation. HH complete adherence rate (HHCAR) and HH partial adherence rate were analyzed...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114724/a-systematic-review-on-the-effectiveness-of-interventions-to-improve-hand-hygiene-compliance-of-nurses-in-the-hospital-setting
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Olena Doronina Rn, Denise Jones, Marianna Martello, Alain Biron, Mélanie Lavoie-Tremblay
PURPOSE: The purpose of the present systematic review is to identify the interventions that improve hand hygiene compliance (HHC) specifically among nurses. METHODS: A systematic review was performed guided by the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses to evaluate the short and long-term effects of interventions to promote hand hygiene practices among nurses in the hospital setting. A search of the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature, Medline Global Health, and Embase was conducted in addition to studies identified by the most recent systematic review...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102654/tuberculosis-and-tuberculin-skin-test-reactivity-in-pediatric-patients-with-celiac-disease
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Nafiye Urganci, Derya Kalyoncu
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to determine tuberculin skin test reactivity and associated factors in pediatric patients with celiac disease (CD). METHODS: Tuberculin skin test (TST) was performed on 28 patients with CD aged from 1 year to 15 years (mean, 6.64±4.8) and 28 healthy age and sex-matched children. The association between TST reactivity and parameters such as age, gender, malnutrition, clinical presentation, compliance to gluten free diet and response to hepatitis A and B vaccinations were determined...
February 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099236/intratracheal-instillation-of-perfluorohexane-modulates-the-pulmonary-immune-microenvironment-by-attenuating-early-inflammatory-factors-in-patients-with-smoke-inhalation-injury-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Hui Ding, Qi Lv, Shiman Wu, Shike Hou, Ziquan Liu, Ning Xu Landén, Ping Tian, Mengyang Yu, Zhiguang Sun, Haojun Fan
Smoke inhalation injury (SII) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality in burn patients, and effective treatments are lacking. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) have a protective effect against acute lung injury. We aimed to assess the therapeutic effects of perfluorohexane on burn patients with SII. Patients with burns complicated by moderately severe SII were randomly divided into control (n = 11) and PFC groups (n = 12). The control group received conventional treatment (anti-infection, nutritional support, antishock measures, and supportive treatment)...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075419/surveillance-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-results-from-a-six-year-retrospective-study-in-nine-hospitals-of-a-north-italian-local-health-authority
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Greta Roncarati, Laura Dallolio, Erica Leoni, Manuela Panico, Angela Zanni, Patrizia Farruggia
Clostridium difficile is an emerging cause of healthcare associated infections. In nine hospitals of an Italian Local Health Authority the episodes of C. difficile infection (CDI) were identified using the data registered by the centralized Laboratory Information System, from 2010 to 2015. CDI incidence (positive patients for A and/or B toxins per patients-days) was analysed per year, hospital, and ward. A number of cases approximately equivalent to the mean of identified cases per year were studied retrospectively to highlight the risk factors associated to CDI and their severity...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064105/a-brief-review-on-the-application-of-nanoparticle-enclosed-herbal-medicine-for-the-treatment-of-infective-endocarditis
#20
REVIEW
Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi, Maryam Soleimaninejad, Aiyelabegan T Hammed
Herbal medicines have been routinely employed all over the world dated back from the ancient time and have been identified by patients and physicians for their excellent therapeutic value as they have lower adverse effects when compared with the modern medicines. Phytotherapeutics requires a scientific technique to deliver the active herbal extract in a controlled manner to avoid repeated administration and increase patient compliance. This can be reached by fabricating a novel drug delivery systems (NDDS) for herbal components...
March 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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