All WellStar Health System Hospitals Join DICON Network

The first two WellStar Health System hospitals, WellStar Kennestone Hospital and WellStar Atlanta Medical Center, joined the DICON family in September 2017. After a little over a year, in December 2018, three more (WellStar Douglas Hospital, WellStar Paulding Medical Center, and WellStar West Georgia Medical Center) of the WellStar Health System Hospitals joined our family. 

Now, we are proud to announce that the rest of the WellStar Health System hospitals have joined DICON! To see the full list of all eleven WellStar Health System hospitals, head over to the Georgia section of our DICON Members page. 

Water as a source for colonization and infection with multidrug-resistant pathogens: Focus on sinks

Water distribution systems have long been known to be reservoirs and occasional sources for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Recently, hospital-building wastewater systems including sinks and drains have received more attention as potential sources of transmission of multidrug-resistant gramnegative bacilli. In this issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, studies by Dr Curtis Donskey’s research group add to our understanding of the importance of sink drains as reservoirs of pathogens and describe potential interventions to reduce contamination of surfaces surrounding sinks. This commentary focuses on the growing body of evidence linking sinks to HAIs and discusses st

A prospective study of transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) between environmental sites and hospitalized patients—the TransFER study

Hospital environmental surfaces are frequently contaminated by microorganisms. However, the causal mechanism of bacterial contamination of the environment as a source of transmission is still debated. This prospective study was performed to characterize the nature of multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) transmission between the environment and patients using standard microbiological and molecular techniques.

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.

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

DICON talks with New York Times about Infection Prevention in the NFL

"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.

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:

DICON Becomes Founding Partner of New Center

DICON is proud to be one of the founding partners of the newly formed Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. The Center houses not only our consulting work, but also research, education, and Duke Hospital initiatives. To learn more about the Center, please visit its new website at

Dr. Deverick Anderson Speaks with UNC-TV about Ultraviolet Disinfection

In a May 17th story from UNC-TV, Dr. Anderson talks about his experience using ultraviolet light as a disinfection technique in hospital rooms. In the article, Dr. Anderson says “You can’t decide what room you get put into,so you want to make sure the hospital you are being admitted to is doing everything possible to keep you from being exposed to these pathogens."

Read the Article by UNC-TV

Dr. Anderson et al.'s UV disinfection study in The Lancet

BETR Disinfection Study Published in The Lancet

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.