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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955639/control-of-carbapenem-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-outbreak-in-an-intensive-care-unit-of-a-teaching-hospital-in-southern-italy
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Aida Bianco, Angela Quirino, Mariavalentina Giordano, Vito Marano, Claudia Rizzo, Maria Carla Liberto, Alfredo Focà, Maria Pavia
BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii is an opportunistic pathogen that has become a major cause of concern, since it is a frequent cause of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). The aim of the study was to describe the occurrence, the management and the control of an outbreak that occurred in an intensive care unit (ICU) of a teaching hospital in Southern Italy caused by multiple strains of extensively drug-resistant A. baumannii (XDRAB). METHODS: Case-patient was defined as a patient with an healthcare-associated infection caused by an XDRAB isolate identified in a clinically significant culture...
December 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986679/prevention-and-infection-management-in-mechanical-circulatory-support-device-recipients
#2
Shimon Kusne, Linda Staley, Francisco Arabia
There are currently no guidelines for the management of infection and its prevention in mechanical circulatory support (MCS) device recipients. The International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) has initiated a multidisciplinary collaboration for the creation of a consensus document to guide clinicians in infection prevention and management in MCS patients. Most medical centers use local protocols that are based on expert opinion. MCS recipients are debilitated and have some immunological dysfunction...
November 9, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890714/a-randomized-trial-of-the-amikacin-fosfomycin-inhalation-system-for-the-adjunctive-therapy-of-gram-negative-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-iasis-trial
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Marin H Kollef, Jean-Damien Ricard, Damien Roux, Bruno Francois, Eleni Ischaki, Zsolt Rozgonyi, Thierry Boulain, Zsolt Ivanyi, Gál János, Denis Garot, Firas Koura, Epaminondas Zakynthinos, George Dimopoulos, Antonio Torres, Wayne Danker, A Bruce Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Clinical failures in ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) caused by Gram-negative bacteria are common and associated with substantial morbidity, mortality, and resource utilization. METHODS: We assessed the safety and efficacy of the amikacin fosfomycin inhalation system (AFIS) for the treatment of Gram-negative bacterial VAP in a randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, phase 2 study between May 2013 and March 2016. We compared standard of care in each arm plus 300 mg amikacin/120 mg fosfomycin or placebo (saline), delivered by aerosol twice daily for 10 days (or to extubation if <10 days) via the investigational eFlow Inline System (PARI GmbH, Germany)...
November 24, 2016: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872410/risk-of-mortality-of-catheter-related-bloodstream-infections-caused-by-acinetobacter-species-is-early-removal-of-the-catheters-associated-with-a-better-survival-outcome
#4
Yi Lee, Yi-Tzu Lee, Yung-Chih Wang, Chung-Ting Chen, Jun-Ren Sun, Chang-Pan Liu, Yuan-Meng Liu, Shu-Chen Kuo, Chun-Hsiang Chiu, Ya-Sung Yang, Jung-Chung Lin, Te-Li Chen
PURPOSE: Bloodstream infections (BSIs) caused by Acinetobacter species have been extensively reported, however, which majorly focused on respiratory tract infections. The risk of mortality and the effect of early catheter removal on survival in catheter-related BSIs (CRBSIs) caused by Acinetobacter spp. remain unclear. This study aims to investigate that. METHODS: This is a retrospective multicentric study conducted in Taiwan from 2012 to 2014. Patients with at least 1 positive blood culture and catheter culture for the same Acinetobacter spp...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876075/chlorhexidine-bathing-and-health-care-associated-infections-among-adult-intensive-care-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
Steven A Frost, Mari-Cris Alogso, Lauren Metcalfe, Joan M Lynch, Leanne Hunt, Ritesh Sanghavi, Evan Alexandrou, Kenneth M Hillman
BACKGROUND: Health care-associated infections (HAI) have been shown to increase length of stay, the cost of care, and rates of hospital deaths (Kaye and Marchaim, J Am Geriatr Soc 62(2):306-11, 2014; Roberts and Scott, Med Care 48(11):1026-35, 2010; Warren and Quadir, Crit Care Med 34(8):2084-9, 2006; Zimlichman and Henderson, JAMA Intern Med 173(22):2039-46, 2013). Importantly, infections acquired during a hospital stay have been shown to be preventable (Loveday and Wilson, J Hosp Infect 86:S1-70, 2014)...
November 23, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872737/immunity-to-infections-after-haploidentical-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#6
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Franco Aversa, Lucia Prezioso, Ilenia Manfra, Federica Galaverna, Angelica Spolzino, Alessandro Monti
The advantage of using a Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA)-mismatched related donor is that almost every patient who does not have an HLA-identical donor or who urgently needs hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has at least one family member with whom shares one haplotype (haploidentical) and who is promptly available as a donor. The major challenge of haplo-HSCT is intense bi-directional alloreactivity leading to high incidences of graft rejection and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). Advances in graft processing and pharmacologic prophylaxis of GVHD have reduced these risks and have made haplo-HSCT a viable alternative for patients lacking a matched donor...
2016: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872830/bacteremia-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Masashi Suzuki, Nobuhiko Satoh, Motonobu Nakamura, Shoko Horita, George Seki, Kyoji Moriya
Infection is a common complication and is the second leading cause of death in hemodialysis patients. The risk of bacteremia in hemodialysis patients is 26-fold higher than in the general population, and 1/2-3/4 of the causative organisms of bacteremia in hemodialysis patients are Gram-positive bacteria. The ratio of resistant bacteria in hemodialysis patients compared to the general population is unclear. Several reports have indicated that hemodialysis patients have a higher risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection...
November 6, 2016: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842748/preventing-ventilator-associated-infections
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Avani Mehta, Rajesh Bhagat
Mechanical ventilator use is fraught with risk of complications. Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common complication that prolongs stays on the ventilator and increases mortality and costs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the use of the term, ventilator-associated event. Prevention and/or interruption of cycle of inflammation, colonization of respiratory tract, and ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis are key to managing VAP. Modifying risk factors using a ventilator bundle is considered standard of care...
December 2016: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828809/epidemiology-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-brain-abscesses
#9
Matthijs C Brouwer, Diederik van de Beek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article describes the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of brain abscesses focusing on studies published in the past 2 years. RECENT FINDINGS: In the recent literature, advances have been made in describing the disease, ancillary investigations, and treatment, mostly by combining previously available literature in meta-analyses. These studies identified Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species as the most frequent cause of brain abscess...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27828810/community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
#10
Joost M Costerus, Matthijs C Brouwer, Merijn W Bijlsma, Diederik van de Beek
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and is associated with a high disease burden. We reviewed recent progress in the management of patients with community-acquired bacterial meningitis. RECENT FINDINGS: The worldwide burden of disease of bacterial meningitis remains high, despite the decreasing incidence following introduction of routine vaccination campaigns. Delay in diagnosis and treatment remain major concerns in the management of acute bacterial meningitis...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816138/nosocomial-fungal-infections-epidemiology-infection-control-and-prevention
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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/27816139/health-care-acquired-viral-respiratory-diseases
#12
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/27816140/prevention-of-vascular-catheter-related-bloodstream-infections
#13
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/27816141/urinary-tract-infections
#14
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/27816142/ventilator-associated-events-and-their-prevention
#15
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/27816143/surgical-site-infections-an-update
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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/27816144/prevention-and-control-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-acute-care-settings
#17
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/27809803/a-prospective-study-of-treatment-of-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae-infections-and-risk-factors-associated-with-outcome
#18
Claudia M D de Maio Carrilho, Larissa Marques de Oliveira, Juliana Gaudereto, Jamile S Perozin, Mariana Ragassi Urbano, Carlos H Camargo, Cintia M C Grion, Anna Sara S Levin, Silvia F Costa
BACKGROUND: To describe the clinical and microbiological data of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, the treatment used, hospital- and infection-related mortality, and risk factors for death. METHODS: A prospective cohort conducted from March 2011 to December 2012. Clinical, demographic, and microbiological data such as in vitro sensitivity, clonality, carbapenemase gene mortality related to infection, and overall mortality were evaluated. Data were analyzed using Epi Info version 7...
November 3, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813024/cytomegalovirus-infection-in-immunocompetent-critically-ill-adults-literature-review
#19
REVIEW
Awad Al-Omari, Fadi Aljamaan, Waleed Alhazzani, Samer Salih, Yaseen Arabi
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is increasingly recognized in critically ill immunocompetent patients. Some studies have demonstrated an association between CMV disease and increased mortality rates, prolonged intensive care unit and hospital length of stay, prolonged mechanical ventilation, and nosocomial infections. However, there is a considerable controversy whether such association represents a causal relationship between CMV disease and unfavorable outcomes or just a marker of the severity of the critical illness...
December 2016: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788992/catheter-related-infections-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies-novel-preventive-and-therapeutic-strategies
#20
REVIEW
Ramia Zakhour, Anne-Marie Chaftari, Issam I Raad
Central venous catheters are essential for the treatment of patients with haematological malignancies and the recipients of stem-cell transplant. This patient population is, however, at high risk for catheter-related bloodstream infections that can result in substantial morbidity, mortality, and health-care-associated costs. Efficient prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment are essential to providing the best care to these patients. Although confirming the catheter as a source of infection remains challenging, the Infectious Diseases Society of America definition of catheter-related bloodstream infection remains the most precise definition to use in these patients...
November 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
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