Surveillance for Spotted Fever Group Rickettsial Infections: Problems, Pitfalls, and Potential Solutions

DICON founder Dr. Dan Sexton provided editorial commentary for The Journal of Infectious Diseases that can be read in full here

Updated DICON Tuberculosis Control Plan

On May 17, 2019 the Centers for Disease Control and the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association published new recommendations on screening, testing, and treatment of tuberculosis in the U.S. The full publication can be found on the CDC website, or downloaded here

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria on personal devices in hospital intensive care units: Molecular approaches to quantifying and describing changes in the bacterial community of personal mobile devices

Bacterial community composition and presence of antibiotic resistance genes (mecA, tetK, and vanA) on personal mobile devices (PMDs) of nurses in intensive care units (ICUs) were evaluated. Antibiotic resistance genes on PMDs decreased at the end of the shift, and a several microbial genera changed.

DICON physician, Dr. Deverick Anderson, worked with the ICU staff at Duke University Medical Center. Recruitment of 32 total volunteers was performed at a surgical ICU (SICU) and a medical ICU (MICU). In total, 31 volunteers completed the study.

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. 

Hospital epidemiologists' and infection preventionists' opinions regarding hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia as a potential healthcare-associated infection metric

A cross-sectional survey of hospital epidemiologists and infection preventionist members of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) was performed to ascertain opinions regarding etiology and preventability of hospital-onset bacteremia and fungemia (HOB), and perspecitives on HOB as a potential outcome measure reflecting the quality of infection prevention and hospital care. DICON physician, Dr. Deverick Anderson, was a contributing author on this project. 

A total of 89 surveys were completed. Among the majority of the respondants, HOB is percieved as preventable, reflective of quality of care, and potentially acceptable as a publicly reported quality metric. 

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.