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 in The Lancet

Dr. Deverick Anderson et al.'s study, the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection, has been published in The Lancet. Click here to view a video by Dr. Anderson on the study, and see the "DICON News" section of our website for a link to the study abstract. 

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UV Disinfection Study Shows Reduction in Hospital Infections

A secondary analysis from the BETR-Disinfection study, published June 4 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, demonstrates the effectiveness of UV in reducing certain types of infections hospital-wide. The study authors state:

The addition of a UV-C device to standard terminal room disinfection decreased the risk of subsequent acquisition and infection by target multidrug-resistant organisms such as C difficile and VRE. This study further shows that enhanced disinfection can have both a direct effect on the next patient who enters a contact isolation room and an indirect beneficial effect on other patients admitted to hospital.

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DICON Infection Preventionists Published in AORN Journal

DICON Infection Preventionists Polly Padgette, BSN, RN, CIC, FAPIC and Brittain Wood, BSN, RN, CIC, have been published in the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Journal. Their article, Conducting a Surgical Site Infection Prevention Tracer, discusses the utility of tracer methodology in ensuring the surgical team adheres to evidence-based surgical site infection prevention strategies. Those with an AORN account can read the May 2018 issue of AORN Journal here

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Dr. Anderson Speaks with SHEA about the ASCOT Trial

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:

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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