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In 1994, the Italian Ministry of Health implemented a National Surveillance System to obtain data on the incidence of bacterial meningitis and its causative agents, including Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). As a consequence, case reporting of Hib meningitis is increasing year by year; in 1996, there were 126 notifications, of which 73% were in children(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES There are no specific recommendations about pneumococcal vaccination (PV) in Italy. There are limited data on the requests of medical examination or hospitalization due to side effects of pneumococcal vaccination. In the present study we present our analyses on the requests of medical examination due to side effects of pneumococcal(More)
The Italian Nosocomial Infections Surveillance in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) (SPIN-UTI) project of the Italian Study Group of Hospital Hygiene (GISIO - SItI) was undertaken to ensure standardisation of definitions, data collection and reporting procedures using the Hospital in Europe Link for Infection Control through Surveillance (HELICS)-ICU benchmark.(More)
BACKGROUND Implementing infection control measures in light of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) surveillance data can prevent HAIs. Surveillance has been associated with a reduction of HAI in intensive care unit (ICU) patients, though the reasons for this improvement remain unclear. AIM To evaluate changes in healthcare-associated infection (HAI)(More)
This paper reports the results of a study conducted by the Italian Association for Immuneprophylaxis promotion (AIPI) with the aim of surveying the attitudes and perceptions of Italian health care workers regarding the use and efficacy of influenza vaccine. The results clearly show that a high proportion of the questioned health care workers showed a(More)
To evaluate microbial contamination in hospitals environments, several methods are available, each one having its limitations. Therefore, the choice of system to use is open. This study compares the ability of a dusting cloth pad (DC pad) with 2 other methods (Rodac contact plate and air sampling) to detect contamination because of filamentous fungi in(More)
A prevalence survey of nosocomial and community infections in a children's hospital was carried out in the wards of the Bambino Gesù Hospital, Rome, Italy. The overall prevalence of hospital-acquired infection (HAI) was 5.1%, with higher rates in surgical units and among children aged 1 to 5 years. The proportion of community-acquired infections was 9.2%,(More)
The results of six economic evaluations on heptavalent conjugate pneumococcal vaccination in children are discussed. Although the data of most studies come from estimates, the last study from US, in which data are based on a large randomized trial, shows encouraging results. Similar results are obtained in an economic evaluation performed in Germany,(More)
BACKGROUND The training of health workers is a key issue for the prevention of healthcare associated infections. OBJECTIVES To evaluate knowledge of nursing and medical students concerning the prevention of healthcare associated infections. DESIGN A cross-sectional study. SETTING University hospitals in nine Italian cities. PARTICIPANTS One thousand(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the evaluation, management, and rehabilitation of an acute, supraspinatus tendon injury in an intercollegiate football player. BACKGROUND While attempting to block a defender, a 19-year-old collegiate football player slipped on the artificial turf and landed on his right elbow, causing an injury to his right shoulder. The athlete was(More)