Steven J Schweon

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(See the commentary by Moro, on pages 978-980 .) Infection surveillance definitions for long-term care facilities (ie, the McGeer Criteria) have not been updated since 1991. An expert consensus panel modified these definitions on the basis of a structured review of the literature. Significant changes were made to the criteria defining urinary tract and(More)
Infections have been identified as a priority issue in nursing homes (NHs). We conducted a qualitative study purposively sampling 10 NHs across the country where 6-8 employees were recruited (N = 73). Semi-structured, open-ended guides were used to conduct in-depth interviews. Data were audiotaped, transcribed and a content analysis was performed. Five(More)
BACKGROUND Alcohol-based hand rubs play a key role in reducing the transmission of pathogens in acute care settings, especially as part of a comprehensive hand hygiene program. However, their use in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) has been virtually unstudied. METHODS Infection data, including those meeting McGeer et al and the Pennsylvania Patient(More)
A controlled trial of applying 2 organosilane-based products with antimicrobial properties to high-touch surfaces was conducted in 9 patient rooms. Cultures of surfaces obtained before daily cleaning with a quaternary ammonium disinfectant showed no significant residual antimicrobial activity of the organosilane products, although a modest reduction could(More)