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The 2021 DICON-DASON Fall Educational Symposium will be held virtually on Friday, November 5, 2021.

Registration information and formal invitation to follow.

Helping Hospitals Control Infections

DICON works with hospitals around the world to provide sophisticated data analysis and metrics, access to experts in infection control,  and extensive educational initiatives related to infection prevention.
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How DICON Helps

DICON provides easy, immediate, and convenient access to nationally recognized physician-epidemiologists who assist hospitals in developing focused, practical strategies to prevent infections and reduce infection rates.

DICON News

Virtual Infection Prevention -The Next Frontier

DICON Medical Director, Dr. Dev Anderson, worked with a team from Virginia Commenwealth Univeristy in Richmond to explore the changing landscape of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship centered on virtual surveillance. 

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Evaluation of Cloth Masks and Modified Procedure Masks as Personal Protective Equipment for the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the general public has been advised to wear masks or improvised face coverings to limit transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). However, there has been considerable confusion and disagreement regarding the degree to which masks protect the wearer from airborne particles.

DICON Medical Director, Dr. Dev Anderson, and the CDC Epicenters Program worked to evaluate the fitted filtration efficiency (FFE) of various consumer-grade and improvised face masks, as well as several popular modifications of medical procedure masks that are intended to improve mask fit or comfort.

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Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Preparedness in US Community Hospitals: A Forgotten Entity

Associate DICON Medical Director, Dr. Sonali Advani, and the DICON IP team collected and analyzed data from DICON member hospitals to assess SARS-CoV-2 preparedness in community hospitals. 

WThe team performed a cross-sectional survey of infection preventionists in 60 US community hospitals between April 22 and May 8, 2020, and found several differences in hospital preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 with respect to personal protective equipment conservation strategies, protocols related to testing, universal masking and restarting elective procedures.

The NCBI listing can be found here

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During the past 18 years DICON has provided epidemiological data and support to more than 40 hospitals in 6 states while simultaneously learning a great deal about the challenges and opportunities for infection prevention in community hospitals.

—Dan Sexton, MD, Medical Director of DICON

DICON has been a long-term and valuable partner with my hospitals and me in our joint efforts to prevent hospital-acquired infections and improve patient safety.

—Conrad Schwab, MD, Chair of Infection Control, Chesapeake Regional Medical Center