Category Infection prevention

Zika transmission prevention not just for men- updated WHO guidance

The World Health Organization (WHO) has strengthened its advice on preventing sexual transmission of the Zika virus. The interim guidance report recommends that both men AND women practice safe sex for six months after returning from an area where an infection is present, even if they have no symptoms. The previous guidelines, published in June 2016, stated […]

Hepatitis C- updates on biology and new treatments from Prof. Josh Davis

Guest posting: A/Prof Josh Davis, Infectious Diseases Physician, John Hunter Hospital,  NSW, Principal  Research Fellow, Menzies School of Health Research, NT, Australia. Hepatitis C Virus ID_Micro tute August 2016 HCV treatment John Hunter Hospital ID meeting 2016

Micro comments: Clostridium difficile testing

Here are our local Pathology North (NSW) comments together with their rationale: Positive CDI test result comment (no test of clearance required!): The duration of contact precautions following recovery are controversial. Patients will continue to excrete C. difficile for weeks following recovery and can represent a cross infection risk. However continent patients with formed stool who […]

Recurrent community-acquired Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) – what to do?

A call from a local GP last week – 53 year old woman who was given a course of oral amoxycillin+clavulanate for respiratory infection and then developed moderately severe enteritis associated with CT evidence of colitis. Stool testing for C. difficile toxin genes was positive, confirming a diagnosis of CDI. She responded to a 10 day course […]

2016 European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

The ECCMID recently met in Amsterdam to talk all things Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. They have made the majority of the presentations made at the meeting freely available to all online. With over 200 sessions, including 11 keynote lectures, over 100 symposia and oral sessions and 3000 abstracts presented over 4 days there is something […]

Managing patients with asplenia and hyposplenia

People who have had a splenectomy or have poorly functioning spleens are at higher risk of infection. These patients require education about early identification of infections and may require additional immunisations or prophylactic antibiotics. Spleen Australia is an organisation in Melbourne that provides resources to both patients and health professionals for dealing with absent or poorly functioning […]

Australian National Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy: Objective Four, Infection Prevention & Control- What does it mean for HNE?

Objective Four of the  Australian strategy focuses on infection prevention and control across all sectors.  Since the days of Ignaz Semmelweis (pioneer of hand disinfection in 1840s Vienna which saved the lives of women affected by nosocomial puerperal sepsis),  consistent practice of infection prevention and control has been one of the most important, challenging (and neglected) aspects of healthcare.  Controlling the […]

Ten infection prevention commandments for medical staff

Thanks Craig Boutlis who helped me develop these some time back. Nothing has changed much yet! Always disinfect your hands with alcohol-based hand rub BEFORE and AFTER touching a patient or performing a procedure. Set the example for your team and expect others to follow your lead. Dress well for safer care – abandon ties […]