Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention
Wherein we ponder vexing issues in infection prevention and control, inside and outside the hospital.
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It's easy to fall into despair when pondering the decades long rise of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens and the simultaneous decline in funding for antibacterial discovery, surveillance systems and infection prevention. But this wasn't always the case. Back before 1969 when it may or may not have been said that "It is time to close the book on infectious diseases, and declare the war against pestilence won," clinicians appreciated antibiotics and even understood the idea of […]
There's a new paper in the Journal of Hospital Infection that takes a look at the bacterial ecology of facial hair. In this study, 408 male healthcare workers had two areas of their face cultured. About half of the men had facial hair and the other half did not. Interestingly, the men with facial hair were significantly less likely to have skin colonization with S. aureus (lip: 34% vs 45%; cheek 41% vs 52%). When the facial skin was scratched with a sterile swab there was no difference in […]
There was a time when the makers of Tamiflu (oseltamivir) ran ads with the tagline "sometimes, what we suffer from is bigger than we think" urging folks to see their doctor for viral URIs and get treatment for the influenza. Now, however, I think the tagline is perfect for describing the predicament clinicians, public health officials and governments are in when trying to decide what to do with neuraminidase inhibitors (oseltamivir and zanamivir) for influenza prevention and treatment. […]
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Jon Otter, who blogs at Micro Blog, summarizes last week's Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America meeting here. I'll just add that the topics were interesting, the speakers were excellent, and it was a fun gathering. Next year: Orlando, May 14-17.
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