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.
According to the study, health care-associated infections can be reduced by 6 percent with just a 10 percent improvement in hand hygiene compliance.
The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced the availability of free, downloadable Quick Observation Tools (QUOTs) for infection control.
Researchers developed ‘Highlight’ a powder that adds color to bleach to increase its effectiveness as a decontaminant and ensure the safety of health care workers in places affected by infectious disease outbreaks.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases present serious challenges for health care facilities.