Updated Tuberculosis Control Plan

In response to the new CDC and NTCA recommendations, DICON has updated our TB Control Plan. Login to check out the new template in our Toolkit. 

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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DICON Training Annual Courses

Members can now print new certificates every year to re-validate training completion using our new Annual Courses category.

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

Black Mold Takes Hold and Story Told

DICON and Duke University Hospital physician Dr. Becky Smith has been working with other Duke Infectious Diseases Division faculty and Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery faculty on a case of an invasive Curvularia infection in a patient who developed following bilateral orthotopic lung transplantation despite receiving post-transplant antifungal prophylaxis. This infection presented as mold colonies studding the interior surface of his chest tubes. Despite surgical washout of his bilateral pleural cavities and antifungal treatment with liposomal amphotericin B, micafungin, and isavuconazonium sulfate, the patient died.

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DICON Hospitals with 5-Star CMS Ratings

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings for 2020, giving 407 hospitals a 5-star rating. Four hospitals in the DICON network were awarded the 5-star rating. 

The hospitals are:
  • Duke Health Raleigh Hospital, Raleigh, NC (DICON member since 1999)
  • Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, NC (DICON member since 1998)
  • Rex Hospital, Raleigh, NC (DICON member since 2007)
  • Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Sarasota, FL (DICON member since 2016)
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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