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Swab Materials and Bacillus anthracis Spore Recovery from Nonporous Surfaces
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Premoistened macrofoam and cotton swabs that were vortexed during processing recovered the greatest proportions of spores with a mean recovery of 43.6% (standard deviation [SD] 11.1%) and 41.7% (SD 14.6%), respectively.
Secular trends in hospital-acquired Clostridium difficile disease in the United States, 1987-2001.
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CDAD predominated in general hospitals versus other facility types, and rates were significantly higher during winter versus nonwinter months (P<.01).
Structural Analysis of Biofilm Formation by Rapidly and Slowly Growing Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
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Although it is a slowly growing species in the laboratory, a clinical isolate of M. avium developed more culturable biofilm in potable water in 72 h than any of the 10 RGM examined, suggesting some advantage that MAC has over RGM in low-nutrient environments.
Investigation of postoperative allograft-associated infections in patients who underwent musculoskeletal allograft implantation.
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The use of sterile allograft tissue appears to be associated with a significant reduction in the risk of postoperative infection, particularly in the presence of adjunctive fixation.
Seasonal Variation of Acinetobacter Infections: 1987–1996
To determine whether nosocomial infections due to Acinetobacter species have increased over the past 10 years and whether infections continue to have a pronounced seasonal variation, we analyzed
Survival of Yersinia pestis on Environmental Surfaces
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The data suggest that Y. pestis maintains viability for extended periods (last measured at 5 days) under controlled conditions.
Incidence of Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit–Acquired Infections
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In this patient population, the simple point prevalence provided the best estimate of cumulative incidence, followed by use of a standard formula and a standard method of calculating the time to recovery.
Administrative coding data and health care-associated infections.
TLDR
Controversy surrounds the appropriate use of ICD-9-CM data in detecting HAIs, and administrative coding data have been criticized for lacking elements necessary for surveillance.
Prevalence of Surgical-Site Infections and Patterns of Antimicrobial Use in a Large Tertiary-Care Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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SSI prevention interventions, including appropriate use of antimicrobials, are needed in this population and data show that SSIs are prevalent at Cho Ray Hospital and antimicrobial use among surgical patients is widespread and inconsistent with published guidelines.
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