Jenny Stackelroth

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Central venous catheter-associated bloodstream infections (CABSIs) cause considerable morbidity in patients with cancer. We determined the incidence and risk factors for CABSI by performing a prospective observational cohort study of all adult patients requiring a central venous access device (CVAD) in a haematology-oncology unit. All CVADs were inserted(More)
OBJECTIVE To present healthcare-acquired infection surveillance data for 2001-2005 in Queensland, Australia. DESIGN Observational prospective cohort study. SETTING Twenty-three public hospitals in Queensland. METHODS We used computer-assisted surveillance to identify episodes of surgical site infection (SSI) in surgical patients. The risk-adjusted(More)
Post-discharge surgical wound infection surveillance is an important part of many infection control programs. It is frequently undertaken by patient self-assessment, prompted either by a telephone or postal questionnaire. To assess the reliability of this method, 290 patients were followed for six weeks postoperatively. Their wounds were photographed and(More)
The monitoring of infection control indicators including hospital-acquired infections is an established part of quality maintenance programmes in many health-care facilities. However, surveillance data use can be frustrated by the infrequent nature of many infections. Traditional methods of analysis often provide delayed identification of increasing(More)
BACKGROUND Existing research has consistently demonstrated poor compliance by health care workers with hand hygiene standards. This study examined the extent to which incorrect hand hygiene occurred as a result of the inability to easily distinguish between different hand hygiene solutions placed at washbasins. METHODS A direct observational method was(More)
Following several cases of Gram-negative bacteraemia secondary to intravenous heparin infusion contamination, we retrospectively reviewed nosocomial bacteraemias associated with heparin infusions at our institution. Thirty-one episodes of heparin-infusion related bacteraemia occurred in 30 patients over a 23-month period affecting 2% patients receiving(More)
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