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OBJECTIVES There are currently no data available on drain associated infection occurrence related to the number of drainage days (DD), and thus drain associated infection rates. Therefore, a prospective surveillance study was conducted to determine drain associated infection rates and DD of hospital acquired external ventricular drain (EVD) and lumbar drain(More)
The objective of this study was to evaluate the moistened swab technique vs. Rodac plates for detecting Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria in the inanimate environment. Over a period of 22 months, the environment of 190 patients infected or colonized with MRSA, VRE or multiresistant Gram-negative bacteria was sampled in turn. MRSA and VRE could be(More)
Here we investigated a cluster of eight newly Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-colonized neonates at an ICU, and present data on molecular strain characterization as well as the source identification process in which we analyze the impact of MRSA-colonized HCWs. Molecular strain characterization revealed a unique pattern which was(More)
INTRODUCTION In the time of increasing resistance and paucity of new drug development there is a growing need for strategies to enhance rational use of antibiotics in German and Austrian hospitals. An evidence-based guideline on recommendations for implementation of antibiotic stewardship (ABS) programmes was developed by the German Society for Infectious(More)
Die periprothetische Infektion am Kniegelenk ist eine seltene Komplikation. Allerdings stellt sie den Patienten und den Arzt vor große Herausforderungen. Die vergangenen Jahre haben neue Erkenntisse zur periprothetischen Infektion am Kniegelenk gebracht, die in neue Klassifikationen münden. In der vorliegenden Arbeit wird die aktuelle Literatur zur Thematik(More)
BACKGROUND Haemodialysis patients are at high risk for developing healthcare-associated infections as well as acquiring multidrug-resistant microorganisms. Hand hygiene is considered to be the single most effective tool to prevent healthcare-associated infections. The number of indications and the extent of indication-specific compliance with hand rubs in(More)
PURPOSE "Choosing Wisely" is a growing international campaign aiming on practice changes to improve patient health through avoidance of unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our objective was to give an overview on recommendations related to diagnostic and therapeutic issues in infectious diseases from the "Top Five" lists of different medical(More)
We prospectively studied the difference in detection rates of multi-resistant Gram-positive and multi-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in the inanimate environment of patients harbouring these organisms. Up to 20 different locations around 190 patients were surveyed. Fifty-four patients were infected or colonized with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus(More)
The Euregio Meuse-Rhine (EMR) is formed by the border regions of Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands. Cross-border health care requires infection control measures, in particular since the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) differs among the three countries. To investigate the dissemination of MRSA in the EMR, 152 MRSA(More)
An infectious disease consulting service was set up at a large tertiary university hospital in 1996 to evaluate and to improve antibiotic prescription patterns. Treatment guidelines for the most common bacterial infections were implemented. On daily ward rounds antibiotic therapies without evidence of an infectious disease were stopped and inappropriate(More)