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.


Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 environmental contamination in hospital rooms is uncommon using viral culture techniques

Bobby Warren, DiRTE Lab (the newest branch of DCASIP) Director, and team assessed environmental contamination of inpatient rooms housing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients in a dedicated COVID-19 unit. Contamination with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 was found on 5.5% (19/347) of surfaces via reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction and 0.3% (1/347) of surfaces via cell culture. Environmental contamination is uncommon in hospitals rooms; RNA presence is not a specific indicator of infectious virus.

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Surgical Site Infections: An Update

DICON faculty and SSI expert Dr. Jessie Seidelman and DICON Medical Director D. Dev Anderson provided an update on SSIs to the journal Infection Disease Clinics of North America. 

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The impact of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) response on hospital infection prevention programs and practices in the southeastern United States

With DICON Co-Medical Director Dr. Sonali Advani leading, the DICON IP team took a look at the impact of COVID-19 response on hospital infection prevention programs and practices within the DICON network. 

Initial assessments of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) preparedness revealed resource shortages and variations in infection prevention policies across US hospitals. The follow-up survey revealed improvement in resource availability, increase in testing capacity, and uniformity in infection prevention policies. Most importantly, the survey highlighted an increase in staffing shortages and use of travel nursing.

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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