Dr. Deverick Anderson et al.'s study, the Benefits of Enhanced Terminal Room Disinfection (BETR-D), has been published in the journal The Lancet. The study investigates the role of enhanced disinfection of hospital rooms in preventing patient acquisition of drug-resistant pathogens. Study contributors include several other members of the DICON and DASON team, as well as faculty from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke's partner site in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program. Click here for a link to the study abstract.
Deverick Anderson MD, MPH was recently featured in an article about the Antimicrobial Scrub and Transmission (ASCOT) Trial, a study he was principal investigator on. The trial examined the “transmission triangle” in hospital settings: the patient, the healthcare provider, and the environment. Results showed that nurses in the intensive care unit were becoming contaminated with drug resistant infectious organisms such as MRSA and VRE not only from patients, but also from the hospital environment. The research re-emphasizes the importance of proper hand hygiene and clothing protection strategies as critical elements of an effective infection prevention strategy.
With over 20 presentations, posters, and panels at this year’s ID Week, DICON and our sister program DASON had an impressive showing on topics in both antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention.
To see abstracts from the conference, visit https://idsa.confex.com/idsa/2016/webprogram/start.html
DICON and DASON researchers were awarded an $11 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate antimicrobial resistance and sepsis prevention strategies. The grant, which supports the work of academic institutions in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, will fund several studies at Duke, as well as collaborative research projects with other program members, including Harvard University, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Pennsylvania.
To learn more about the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, visit http://www.cdc.gov/hai/epicenters/
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.