Virtual Infection Prevention -The Next Frontier

DICON Medical Director, Dr. Dev Anderson, worked with a team from Virginia Commenwealth Univeristy in Richmond to explore the changing landscape of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship centered on virtual surveillance. 

Evaluation of Cloth Masks and Modified Procedure Masks as Personal Protective Equipment for the Public During the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the general public has been advised to wear masks or improvised face coverings to limit transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). However, there has been considerable confusion and disagreement regarding the degree to which masks protect the wearer from airborne particles.

DICON Medical Director, Dr. Dev Anderson, and the CDC Epicenters Program worked to evaluate the fitted filtration efficiency (FFE) of various consumer-grade and improvised face masks, as well as several popular modifications of medical procedure masks that are intended to improve mask fit or comfort.

Assessing SARS-CoV-2 Preparedness in US Community Hospitals: A Forgotten Entity

Associate DICON Medical Director, Dr. Sonali Advani, and the DICON IP team collected and analyzed data from DICON member hospitals to assess SARS-CoV-2 preparedness in community hospitals. 

WThe team performed a cross-sectional survey of infection preventionists in 60 US community hospitals between April 22 and May 8, 2020, and found several differences in hospital preparedness for SARS-CoV-2 with respect to personal protective equipment conservation strategies, protocols related to testing, universal masking and restarting elective procedures.

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Racial, Ethnic, and Geographic Disparities in Novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Test Positivity in North Carolina

Emerging evidence suggests that Black and Hispanic communities in the United States are disproportionately affected by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). A complex interplay of socioeconomic and healthcare disparities likely contribute to disproportionate COVID-19 risk. 

A Pediatric Infectious Disease Perspective of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in Children

Dr. Ibukun Akinboyo, from DUMC Pediatric Infectious Diseases and frequent supporter of DICON, worked with faculty from many medical centers to put together a pediatric infectious disease perspective of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in children for the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 

Are we Forgetting the "Universal" in Universal Masking? Current Challenges and Future Solutions

In this Letter to the Editor, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, DICON Drs Sonali Advani, Mike Yarrginton, Becky Smith, Dev Anderson, and Dan Sexton discuss the importance of universal masking in healthcare settings. 

Universal Masking is an Effective Strategy to Flatten the SARS-CoV-2 Healthcare Worker Epidemiologic Curve

Dr. Jessie Seidelman lead the DICON physician team to show that universal masking is an effective strategy to flatten the SARS-CoV-2 healthcare worker epidemiologic curve in an arctile published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 

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.

Universal Masking in Hospitals in the COVID-19 Era: Is It Time to Consider Shielding?

DICON faculty Drs. Sonali Advani, Becky Smith, Sarah Lewis, Dev Anderson, and Dan Sexton worked together on an open access commentary for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology regarding universal masking during COVID-19. 

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)