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  1. Surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) is a valuable measure to decrease infection rates. Across Europe, inter-country comparisons of HAI rates seem limited because some countries use US defini...

    Authors: Sonja Hansen, Dorit Sohr, Christine Geffers, Pascal Astagneau, Alexander Blacky, Walter Koller, Ingrid Morales, Maria Luisa Moro, Mercedes Palomar, Emese Szilagyi, Carl Suetens and Petra Gastmeier
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:28
  2. Hospital beds are potential reservoirs of bacteria in hospitals. Preventing contamination of the bed and providing a cleaner surface should help prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). Most hospital beds ...

    Authors: Edmond A Hooker, Steven Allen, Larry Gray and Cynthia Kaufman
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:27
  3. The German national nosocomial infection surveillance system, KISS, has a component for very low birth weight (VLBW) infants (called NEO-KISS) which changed from a system with voluntary participation and confi...

    Authors: Frank Schwab, Petra Gastmeier, Brar Piening and Christine Geffers
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:24
  4. Sepsis is one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in the newborn. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital to improve outcome. The present study was therefore carried out to determine the useful...

    Authors: Boma A West, Oliemen Peterside, Rosemary O Ugwu and Augusta U Eneh
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:22
  5. Vancomycin-resistant isolates of E. faecalis and E. faecium are of special concern and patients at risk of acquiring a VRE colonization/infection include also intensively-cared neonates. We describe here an ongoi...

    Authors: Guido Werner, Ingo Klare, Carola Fleige, Uta Geringer, Wolfgang Witte, Heinz-Michael Just and Renate Ziegler
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:21
  6. Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a common cause of diarrhoea in hospitalised patients. Around the world, the incidence and severity of CDI appears to be increasing, particularly in the northern hemisphere...

    Authors: Brett G Mitchell and Anne Gardner
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:20
  7. Daptomycin non-susceptible enterococci (DNSE) are emerging as an important cause of healthcare-associated infection, however little is known about the epidemiology of DNSE. At the University of Iowa Hospitals ...

    Authors: Jeremy C Storm, Daniel J Diekema, Jennifer S Kroeger, Sarah J Johnson and Birgir Johannsson
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:19
  8. In France, the proportion of MRSA has been over 25% since 2000. Prevention of hospital-acquired (HA) MRSA spread is based on isolation precautions and antibiotic stewardship. At our institution, before 2000, t...

    Authors: Annie Chalfine, Marie-Dominique Kitzis, Yvonnick Bezie, Adel Benali, Laurence Perniceni, Jean-Claude Nguyen, Marie Françoise Dumay, Jacqueline Gonot, Gilles Rejasse, Fred Goldstein, Jean Carlet and Benoît Misset
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:18
  9. The occurrence of a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) outbreak in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is related to unfavorable outcomes, as this infection can lead to respiratory distress and death in prema...

    Authors: Camila de A Silva, Lívio Dias, Sandra R Baltieri, Tatiane T Rodrigues, Neusa Brandolise Takagi and Rosana Richtmann
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:16
  10. Intravenous cannulation is undertaken in a high proportion of hospitalised patients. Much international attention has been given to the use of care bundles to reduce the incidence of infection in these patient...

    Authors: Bryony Dean Franklin, Vashist Deelchand, Matthew Cooke, Alison Holmes and Charles Vincent
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:15
  11. It is believed that Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) contributes to a prolongation of length of stay (LOS). Recent literature suggests that models previously used to determine LOS due to infection have overe...

    Authors: Brett G Mitchell and Anne Gardner
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:14
  12. Cockroaches have been described as potential vectors for various pathogens for decades; although studies from neonatal intensive care units are scarce. This study assessed the vector potential of cockroaches (...

    Authors: Birkneh Tilahun, Bogale Worku, Erdaw Tachbele, Simegn Terefe, Helmut Kloos and Worku Legesse
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:12
  13. Resistance to antibiotics has increased dramatically over the past few years and has now reached a level that places future patients in real danger. Microorganisms such as Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoni...

    Authors: Jean Carlet, Vincent Jarlier, Stephan Harbarth, Andreas Voss, Herman Goossens and Didier Pittet
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:11
  14. Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de Paris (APHP), the largest public health care institution in France (38 hospitals, 23,000 beds, serving 11.6 millions inhabitants) launched in 1993 a long term programme to contr...

    Authors: Sandra Fournier, Christian Brun-Buisson and Vincent Jarlier
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:9
  15. Two MRSA surveillance components exist within the German national nosocomial infection surveillance system KISS: one for the whole hospital (i.e. only hospital based data and no rates for individual units) and...

    Authors: Petra Gastmeier, Frank Schwab, Iris Chaberny and Christine Geffers
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:8
  16. The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) was established by the Scottish Government in 2008 to lead the first national initiative to actively address antimicrobial stewardship. Healthcare associated...

    Authors: Dilip Nathwani, Jacqueline Sneddon, Andrea Patton and William Malcolm
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:7
  17. Hospital-associated infections (HAIs) are associated with a considerable burden of disease and direct costs greater than $17 billion. The pathogens that cause the majority of serious HAIs are Enterococcus faecium...

    Authors: Seunghyug Kwon, Marin L Schweizer and Eli N Perencevich
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:5
  18. By analysing the data of the intensive care unit (ICU) component of the German national nosocomial infection surveillance system (KISS) during the last ten years, we have observed a steady increase in the MRSA...

    Authors: Petra Gastmeier, Frank Schwab, Michael Behnke and Christine Geffers
    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control 2012 1:3