Antimicrobial surfaces to prevent healthcare-associated infections: a systematic review: a different view
Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Michael G. Schmidt, Cassandra D. Salgado, Katherine D. Freeman, Joseph F. John, Robert J. Cantey, Peter A. Sharpe, Harold T. Michels (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Persistent contamination of heater –cooler units for extracorporeal circulation cured by chlorhexidine–alcohol in water tanks
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): S. Romano-Bertrand, M. Evrevin, C. Dupont, J.-M. Frapier, J.-C. Sinquet, E. Bousquet, B. Albat, E. Jumas-Bilak Recently, surgical site infections due to non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) have been linked to heater–cooler unit contamination. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control and manufacturers now recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide in filtered water to fill heater–cooler unit tanks. After implementation of these measures in our hospital, heater–cooler units became heavily contaminate...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Bacteriology and cefuroxime-resistance in endophthalmitis following cataract surgery before and after the introduction of prophylactic intracameral cefuroxime: a retrospective single-centre study
Conclusions Intracameral cefuroxime achieves a reduction of the rate of endophthalmitis after cataract surgery and brings about a shift in pathogens from cefuroxime sensitive to cefuroxime resistant organisms. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

qPCR detection of Lichtheimia species in bandages associated with cutaneous mucormycosis in burn patients
Conclusion Our data support the utility of Mucorales qPCR for epidemiological investigations, the potential role of these bandages in cutaneous mucormycoses in burn patients in our center, and, consequently, the need for sterile bandages for the dressing of extensive wounds. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

2017 Acknowledgement of reviewers
Publication date: Available online 9 February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Resistance Patterns of Enterobacteriaceae in Urines are Similar in Symptomatic and Asymptomatic Patients
Publication date: Available online 10 February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Alberto Romero Palacios, Fahad AL. dhufairi, Chelsey Ellis, Daniel Smyth, Lorraine Maze Dit Mieusement, Allison McGeer, Dominik Mertz Antibiograms of urine cultures are being used to guide empiric treatment for urinary tract infections (UTI). However, roughly 50% of urine cultures are from patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria (ABU). It is unclear whether enterobacteriaceae in ABU patients have similar resistance patterns as UTI patients. Hence, we aimed to compare the antimicrobial resistance patterns in patients with ABU...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Differential Time to Positivity of Central and Peripheral Blood Cultures is Inaccurate for the Diagnosis of Staphylococcus aureus Long-Term Catheter-Related Sepsis
Conclusions These results strongly suggest that despite its high specificity, the differential positivity time may not be reliable to rule out catheter-related bloodstream infections due to S. aureus. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Is cohorting the only solution to control carbapenemase producing Enterobacteriaceae outbreaks? A single centre experience
Conclusion Understanding ward variables associated with CPE spread can help design suitable solutions. Colonization pressure and antibiotic consumption seems to be driving in-hospital transmission, along with caregiver to patient ratio. In presence of high colonization pressure, dedicated healthcare workers for managing CPE patients should be implemented. Coordination between ICT and antimicrobial stewardship team is also crucial to prevent CPE spread. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Impact of moving to a new hospital build, with a high proportion of single rooms, on healthcare-associated infections and outbreaks
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 2 Author(s): E.S.R. Darley, J. Vasant, J. Leeming, F. Hammond, S. Matthews, M. Albur, R. Reynolds Clostridium difficile infection, meticillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and Escherichia coli bacteraemia rates, and bed-days lost during norovirus outbreaks at North Bristol NHS Trust were analysed over a five-year period to determine whether moving to a new-build hospital with 75% single rooms reduced healthcare-associated infection rates. C. difficile, MSSA bacteraemia and E. coli bacteraemia showed no change in the r...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Temperature-controlled airflow ventilation in  operating rooms compared with laminar airflow and turbulent mixed airflow
Conclusion TcAF and LAF remove bacteria more efficiently from the air than TMA, especially close to the wound and at the instrument table. Like LAF, the new TcAF ventilation system maintained very low levels of cfu in the air, but TcAF used substantially less energy and provided a more comfortable working environment than LAF. This enables energy savings with preserved air quality. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Evaluation of sedation-related medication errors in patients on contact isolation in the intensive care unit
Conclusions Isolated patients were not at increased risk of oversedation compared with non-isolated patients. There was an association between the use of contact isolation for MRSA nares colonization and prolonged ICU stay and prolonged MV. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Influence of methylation on the bacterial efflux pump-inducing property of triclosan
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 2 Author(s): S. Tembe, P. Ghosh, S. Sukhi (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Vitek ®2 cannot identify vancomycin-intermediate isolates: missing the opportunity for Staphylococcus aureus therapy
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 2 Author(s): P.G.M. Morgado, T.M. da Costa, A.P. Damasco, V.N. Ribeiro, A.L.P. Ferreira, S.A. Nouér, K.R.N. dos Santos (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Staphylococcus aureus dry-surface biofilms are more resistant to heat treatment than traditional hydrated biofilms
Conclusion S. aureus dry-surface biofilms are less susceptible to killing by dry heat and steam autoclaving than hydrated biofilms, which are less susceptible to heat treatment than planktonic suspensions. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Genomic characterization of a paediatric MRSA outbreak by next-generation sequencing
Conclusion This analysis confirmed the occurrence of an outbreak. As such, standard infection control measures were strictly enforced, and this led to prompt termination of the outbreak. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Evaluation of single vs pooled swab cultures for detecting MRSA colonization
Conclusions Pooling of MRSA screening swabs for either direct culture on chromogenic agar or enrichment culture is suitable for routine use. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Randomized controlled trial of honey versus mupirocin to decolonize patients with nasal colonization of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Conclusion Although not significant, a decolonization rate of 42.8% for MGH was impressive. Our findings suggest that this strategy, which has the potential to combat antimicrobial resistance, should be assessed in similar but larger studies. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

A multimodal infection control concept in a burn intensive care unit – lessons learnt from a meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus outbreak
Conclusion A comprehensive concept is required to control the spread of all multidrug-resistant micro-organisms including MRSA on a burn unit. Where patients colonized or infected with MRSA appear to be the main reservoir, transfer of these patients to other units, or temporary closure of the unit, accompanied by intensive cleaning are very effective measures to stop transmission events. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis infections on implants
Publication date: February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 2 Author(s): W.F. Oliveira, P.M.S. Silva, R.C.S. Silva, G.M.M. Silva, G. Machado, L.C.B.B. Coelho, M.T.S. Correia Infections are one of the main reasons for removal of implants from patients, and usually need difficult and expensive treatments. Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are the most frequently detected pathogens. We reviewed the epidemiology and pathogenesis of implant-related infections. Relevant studies were identified by electronic searching of the following databases: PubMed, ScienceDirect, Academic Google...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

‘VIOLET’ – a fluorescence-based simulation exercise for training healthcare workers in the use of personal protective equipment
Conclusion Simulation exercises using VIOLET provide evidence-based assessment of PPE ensembles, and are a valuable resource for training of healthcare staff in wearing and safe doffing of PPE. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 5, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Should International Classification of Diseases codes be used to survey hospital-acquired pneumonia?
Publication date: Available online 2 February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Aline Wolfensberger, Angela H. Meier, Stefan P. Kuster, Tarun Mehra, Marie-Theres Meier, Hugo Sax As surveillance of hospital acquired pneumonia (HAP) is very resource intensive, alternatives for HAP-surveillance are urgently needed. We compared HAP-rates according to routine discharge diagnostic codes of the International Classification of Diseases, tenth Revision (ICD-10; ICD-HAP) and the validated surveillance definitions of the Hospitals in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance (HELICS/IPSE; HELICS-HAP) ...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Surface Modifications For Antimicrobial Effects in the Healthcare Setting: A Critical Overview
Publication date: Available online 2 February 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Christian Adlhart, Joanna Verran, Nuno F. Azevedo, Hulya Olmez, Minna M. Keinänen-Toivola, Isabel Gouveia, Luis F. Melo, Francy Crijns The spread of infections in health care environments is a persistent and growing problem in most countries, aggravated by the development of microbial resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants. In addition to indwelling medical devices (implants, catheters, etc.), such infections may also result from adhesion of microbes either to external solid-water interfaces such as shower caps, ta...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Minimizing microbial contamination risk simultaneously from multiple hospital washbasins by automated cleaning and disinfection of U-bends with electrochemically activated solutions
Conclusion Simultaneous automated treatment of multiple hospital washbasin U-bends with ECA solutions consistently minimizes microbial contamination and thus the associated infection risk. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 3, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Fear and hierarchy: critical influences on antibiotic decision-making in the operating theatre
Publication date: Available online 15 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): J. Broom, A. Broom (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Randomized controlled clinical trial on the antiseptic efficacy of polihexanide 0.04% on acute traumatic wounds
Publication date: Available online 28 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): B. Payne, H.-P. Simmen, E. Csuka, M. Hintzpeter, S. Pahl, F.H.H. Brill Prevention of wound infections is a challenge in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of polyhexamethylene biguanide (PHMB, polihexanide) 0.04% on acute traumatic wounds. It was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled prospective trial which included 61 patients. The polihexanide group showed a significant decrease in log10 colony-forming units (cfu) (P < 0.001) after 60 min treatment in compari...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - February 2, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Risk factors for hospital norovirus outbreaks: Impact of vomiting, genotype and multioccupancy rooms
Conclusions This is the first study to investigate clinical, ward and genotype risk factors for NoV hospital outbreaks. Recognition of these factors may help direct and prioritise infection control actions based on the outbreak risk. The results also suggest that the outbreak association with GII.4 partly may be explained by an enhanced ability to induce vomiting. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 31, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Optimization of antimicrobial therapy in vancomycin-resistant enterococcal bacteraemia using a rapid detection Gram-positive blood culture assay
Publication date: Available online 16 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): R. Nakagawa, R. Jain, A.B. Bryan, J.D. Chan Rapid molecular blood culture Gram-positive (BC-GP) assay can promptly identify vancomycin-resistant enterococcal (VRE) bloodstream infections (BSIs). We sought to evaluate patients with VRE BSI following the pre (N = 44) and post (N = 20) implementation of Verigene BC-GP assay. The average time to detection of VRE was 25.9 ± 4.1h (95% confidence interval (CI): 17.6–34.1; P < 0.001) earlier with Verigene BC-GP assay. Comp...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Persistent Contamination of Heater-Cooler Units for Extracorporal Circulation Cured by Chlorhexidine-Alcohol in Water Tanks
Publication date: Available online 11 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Sara Romano-Bertrand, Marine Evrevin, Chloé Dupont, Jean-Marc Frapier, Jean-Claude Sinquet, Elodie Bousquet, Bernard Albat, Estelle Jumas-Bilak Recently, surgical site infections due to non-tuberculous Mycobacterium (NTM) have been linked to heater-cooler units (HCUs) contamination. ECDC and manufacturers now recommend the use of hydrogen peroxide in filtered water to fill HCU tanks. After implementation of these measures in our hospital, HCUs became heavily contaminated by opportunistic waterborne pathogens such as P...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Preventing healthcare-associated gram-negative bloodstream infections
Publication date: Available online 12 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): James Gray, Beryl Oppenheim, Nikunj Mahida (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Laminar air flow system use across the operating surface for airborne infection prevention in office-based surgical procedures
Publication date: Available online 12 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Joobin Hooshmand, Penny Allen, Nima Pakrou, Brendan J. Vote (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Development and evaluation of a website for surveillance of healthcare-associated urinary tract infections in Australia
This study describes development and evaluation of the website for online data collection. Evaluation findings from 38 data collectors indicated most respondents found website registration and web form use easy (n=22; 58% and n=16; 43%, respectively). The need for improved computer literacy skills and automated data systems were highlighted. This study demonstrated a novel approach for Australian HAUTI data collection however refinements are needed before national roll-out. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Clinical impact of delayed catheter removal for patients with central venous catheter-related gram-negative bacteremia
Conclusion CVCs should be removed early to improve clinical outcomes in patients with gram-negative CRBSI, especially where there is high prevalence of MDR isolates. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Mother to Child Transmission of Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase Producing Enterobacteriaceae
Conclusions ESBL-E carriage rates in mothers and NICUs infants with a non-negligible maternal-neonatal ESBL-E transmission, in our region indicates that maternal colonization surveillance, and/or further infection control interventions should be considered. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 10, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Use of UV fluorescence based simulation in evaluation of personal protective equipment worn for first assessment and care of a patient with suspected high consequence infectious disease
Conclusion All ‘suspected case’ PPE ensembles either had post-doffing contamination events or other significant disadvantages in their use. This identified the need to design a unified PPE ensemble and doffing procedure, incorporating the most protective PPE considered for each body area. This work has been presented to, and reviewed by, key stakeholders to decide on a proposed unified ensemble, subject to further evaluation. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

The Impact of an Infectious Disease Specialist on Antifungal Use: An Interrupted Time Series Analysis in a tertiary hospital in Tokyo
Conclusion The bundle significantly reduced the use of antifungals and decreased costs over time, but this effect was limited in that it had stabilized within 3 years. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Adherence to contact precautions among different types of healthcare workers through video monitoring in a tertiary hospital
Conclusion Video monitoring is a useful tool for monitoring adherence to PPE, facilitating observation of more PPE opportunities than direct observations. Adherence to contact precautions varied by occupation; however, overall adherence was insufficient. The lower adherence rate in nurses might be due to more frequent care visits. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 7, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Optimization Of The Blood Culture Pathway: A Template For Improved Sepsis, Management And Diagnostic Antimicrobial Stewardship
Publication date: Available online 5 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Weinbren MJ, Collins M, Heathcote R, Umar M, Nisar M, Ainger C, Masters P Laboratory processing of blood cultures has remained static over the past 30 years despite increasing antibiotic resistance and advances in analyser design. By siting our blood culture analyser in the Blood Sciences laboratory and optimizing the pre-analytical and analytic phases of blood culture management we reduced the time taken to detect most blood culture isolates to <12 hours. 50% of positive blood cultures containing Escherichia coli were...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

The detection of rotavirus in paediatric oncology patients with diarrhoea: the impact of rotavirus vaccine
Publication date: Available online 6 January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): T. Akhtar, J. Cargill, C. Gerrard, F. Shaw, N.A. Cunliffe, R.P.D. Cooke, B. Pizer We reviewed seven year's data to examine stool testing for rotavirus in patents treated on a regional Paediatric Oncology Unit before and after the introduction of UK-wide rotavirus immunisation in July 2013. The prevalence of rotavirus positivity has diminished since the introduction of rotavirus immunisation, with 21 of 416 positive samples between 2010 and 2012, but only one positive test out of 122 samples in 2015 and 2016. Based on these re...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - January 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Clinical efficacy of seasonal influenza vaccination: characteristics of two outbreaks of influenza A(H1N1)  in immunocompromised patients
Conclusion Seasonal influenza vaccination was clinically effective with both a reduced risk of influenza infection and a trend towards reduced mortality in these immunocompromised patients. Several possible causes were identified behind these two outbreaks, requiring continuous awareness in healthcare professionals to prevent further outbreaks. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Trick Or Treat ……Pumpkins In Hospitals
Publication date: Available online 30 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Selina Reay, Philip Milner, James Gray (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 30, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Ineffective alcohol-based hand rub and defective dispenser design – A cautionary note
Publication date: Available online 27 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Ian Blenkharn (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Epidemiology and spa-type diversity of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the community and healthcare settings in Norway
Conclusion The present findings suggest a strong connection between CA- and HA-MRSA epidemiology in Norway. If the fast-growing trend of CA-MRSA continues, in the years to come, it may challenge current guidelines and infection control of MRSA in healthcare environments. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Predictive factors for early-onset and late-onset surgical site infections in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery. A multicentre, prospective, cohort study
Conclusions We found distinctive predictive factors for the development of SSI before and 7 days following elective colorectal surgery. These factors could help establish specific preventive measures in each group. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Randomised, double-blind, controlled clinical trial on the antiseptic efficacy by reduction of CFU with polihexanide 0.04% on acute traumatic wounds
Publication date: Available online 28 December 2017 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection Author(s): Barbara Payne, Hans-Peter Simmen, Esther Csuka, Matthias Hintzpeter, Steffen Pahl, Florian H.H. Brill Prevention of wound infections is a challenge in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy of polihexanide 0.04 % on acute traumatic wounds. It was a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled prospective trial which included 61 patients. The polihexanide group showed a significant decrease in log10 CFU (p<0.001) after 60 min treatment in comparison to baseline CFU, whereas the Ringer&rsqu...
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 28, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

The Vaccine Handbook: a Practitioner's Guide to Maximizing Use and Efficacy across the Lifespan
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 1 Author(s): Michael Millar (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Evaluation of a shoe sole UVC device to reduce pathogen colonization on floors, surfaces and patients
Conclusion A UVC decontamination device was shown to reduce the colony-forming unit counts of relevant pathogenic organisms from shoe soles with subsequent decreased colonization of floors, healthcare equipment, furniture, beds and a patient dummy. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Cross-sectional point prevalence survey to study the environmental contamination of nosocomial pathogens in intensive care units under real-life conditions
Conclusion This study found widespread contamination of the ICU environment with clinically relevant pathogens, including multi-drug-resistant micro-organisms, despite cleaning and disinfection. The bioburden might not be restricted to areas close to patients. The role of extended environmental disinfection of areas distant from patients in order to improve infection prevention needs further discussion. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Acinetobacter pittii biofilm formation on inanimate surfaces after long-term desiccation
Conclusion After long-term desiccation, all A. pittii strains retained, or even increased, their ability to form biofilms after they had been fed with nutrient media. This suggests that A. pittii may recover easily from desiccation and may express adherence factors to infect new hosts after rehydration. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Universal decontamination of hospital surfaces in an occupied inpatient room with a continuous 405  nm light source
Conclusion Prolonged exposure to the HINS-light EDS causes a cumulative decontamination of the surfaces within a burns unit. The importance of exposure time and possible airborne effect over irradiance levels is emphasized. (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research

Pseudomonas aeruginosa control in healthcare settings: outpatient dialysis units are not augmented care units
Publication date: January 2018 Source:Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 98, Issue 1 Author(s): R. Montgomery, T. Boswell, N. Mahida (Source: Journal of Hospital Infection)
Source: Journal of Hospital Infection - December 24, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research