Learn More
After the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome in Hong Kong, the importance of preventing nosocomial transmission of respiratory viruses has become a top priority in infection control. During the containment and early mitigation phases of the swine-origin influenza virus (S-OIV) A H1N1 pandemic, an infection control bundle consisting of multiple(More)
The antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) is a major strategy to combat antimicrobial resistance and to limit its expenditure. We have improved on our existing ASP to implement a sustainable and cost-effective two-stage immediate concurrent feedback (ICF) model, in which the antimicrobial prescription is audited by two part-time infection control nurses(More)
BACKGROUND Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a significant nosocomial pathogen, responsible for an increasing number of infections, particularly in immunocompromised patients. AIM This study describes the clinical and microbiological characteristics of patients with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia bacteraemia. METHODS We reviewed the charts of 102 patients(More)
We identified a predominant clone of Clostridium difficile PCR ribotype 002, which was associated with an increased sporulation frequency. In 2009, 3,528 stool samples from 2,440 patients were tested for toxigenic C. difficile in a healthcare region in Hong Kong. A total of 345 toxigenic strains from 307 (13.3%) patients were found. Ribotype 002 was the(More)
This study investigated the transmission dynamics of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in a tertiary referral surgical unit with 300 beds. All adult patients were actively screened for MRSA by culture at hospital admission and twice weekly thereafter during hospitalisation from 1 October to 31 December 2008. The colonisation pressure per(More)
Clostridium difficile ribotype 002 with hypersporulating capacity has been increasingly identified in Hong Kong. Proactive infection control measures are important to prevent the establishment of endemicity of C. difficile ribotype 002. A total of 329 patients with healthcare-associated C. difficile infection (CDI) were recruited in our healthcare network(More)
BACKGROUND Unlike direct contact with patients' body, hand hygiene practice is often neglected by healthcare workers (HCWs) and visitors after contact with patients' environment. Contact with hospital environmental items may increase risk of pathogen transmission. AIM To enumerate the number of hand-touch contacts by patients, HCWs and visitors with any(More)