"It's a job hazard for people who play football," Dr. Deverick Anderson told the New York Times in a recent article on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, and professional football players.
Dr. Anderson is a consultant to the NFL and helps guide infection control strategies for athletes in the league.
The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) spoke with Dr. Deverick Anderson, principal investigator of the Antimicrobial Scrub Contamination and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial. The trial was recently published in the August 2017 issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
In the study, Anderson et al. sought to determine if antmicrobial-impregnated fabrics could reduce the amount of pathogens acquired by healthcare providers' clothing. In his interview with SHEA, Dr. Anderson states:
DICON is proud to be one of the founding partners of the newly formed Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. The Center houses not only our consulting work, but also research, education, and Duke Hospital initiatives. To learn more about the Center, please visit its new website at https://dcasip.medicine.duke.edu/
In a May 17th story from UNC-TV, Dr. Anderson talks about his experience using ultraviolet light as a disinfection technique in hospital rooms. In the article, Dr. Anderson says “You can’t decide what room you get put into,so you want to make sure the hospital you are being admitted to is doing everything possible to keep you from being exposed to these pathogens."
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.
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.