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.
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.
"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:
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.