This study describes an outbreak with a single strain of a multidrug-resistant bacterium (Klebsiella oxytoca ST201) in a German neonatal intensive care unit, that was ended when the washing machine was removed.
Much of the blame for the rise of drug-resistant infections like Candida auris has focused on failures in antibiotic stewardship and hospital acquired infections. However, public health experts say that nursing facilities are a weak link in the health care system as they are understaffed and ill-equipped to enforce infection control procedures, yet continuously cycle infected patients, or germ carriers into hospitals and back to the nursin facilities.
This report summarizes the scope and role of infection preventionists in emergency management for all types of disasters.
The conference offers a unique forum for participants to exchange knowledge and experience in the prevention of healthcare-associated infections and control of antimicrobial resistance around the world.
The biennial FIDSSA Congress attracts local and international experts to lead conversations on a wide spectrum of cutting-edge infectious diseases topics relevant to the region and the African continent.
Researchers developed a technique using wave energy to reduce virus detection time by half for malaria, dengue fever, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and other infectious diseases. Minimizing hospital detection time from one hour to 25 minutes may help make a diagnosis in time to treat patients properly.
A study by University of Plymouth researchers suggests that standard disinfectants used by hospitals may no longer be effective in preventing the spread of Clostridioides difficile.
Research demonstrated that procedures used to contain Candida auris infection in an animal facility can potentially be applied to hospitals and other healthcare facilities to limit its spread.
When healthcare facilities have instituted clear policy and procedure guidelines for personnel, the fear of handling biohazards is lessened through training. Infection prevention and control during pandemics rests heavily in the hands of the operating room, materials management and sterile processing.
These guidelines include step-by-step instructions to upgrade infection control, prevention, and biosecurity efforts in any hospital, including recommendations on establishing an infection control practitioner to coordinate and implement the guidelines; developing standard operating procedures; creating a training plan; and implementing a surveillance program.