Rhonda L Stuart
Affiliation: Monash Medical Centre
- Prevalence of antimicrobial-resistant organisms in residential aged care facilitiesRhonda L Stuart
Infection Control and Epidemiology, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, Vic
Med J Aust 195:530-3. 2011..To assess the frequency of, and risk factors for, colonisation with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE), Clostridium difficile and extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing organisms in residential aged care facilities (RACFs)...
- Congenital tuberculosis after in-vitro fertilisationRhonda L Stuart
Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Med J Aust 191:41-2. 2009..It highlights the importance of adequate screening during investigation of infertility and the difficulties in diagnosing congenital tuberculosis...
- Clostridium difficile infection: a new threat on our doorstepRhonda L Stuart
Med J Aust 194:331-2. 2011
- Peripheral intravenous catheter-associated Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia: more than 5 years of prospective data from two tertiary health servicesRhonda L Stuart
Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash Health, Melbourne, Vic
Med J Aust 198:551-3. 2013..To determine the incidence, risk factors for and outcomes of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) associated with peripheral intravenous catheters (PIVCs)...
- Antibiotic use and misuse in residential aged care facilitiesR L Stuart
Infection Control and Epidemiology, Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Intern Med J 42:1145-9. 2012..The prevention and control of transmission of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens in residential aged care facilities (RACF) is an area that has been neglected yet has significant implications for health services...
- An outbreak of necrotizing enterocolitis associated with norovirus genotype GII.3Rhonda L Stuart
Department of Infectious Diseases, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton Victoria 3168, Australia
Pediatr Infect Dis J 29:644-7. 2010..Cohorting and stringent infection control measures were associated with termination of the cluster. A case-control study was used to investigate potential risk factors associated with development of NEC...
- "Down the drain": carbapenem-resistant bacteria in intensive care unit patients and handwashing sinksDespina Kotsanas
Monash Infectious Diseases, Southern Health, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Med J Aust 198:267-9. 2013..Clinical utility of carbapenem antibiotics is under threat because of the emergence of acquired metallo-β-lactamase (MBL) genes. We describe an outbreak in an intensive care unit (ICU) possibly associated with contaminated sinks...
- Microfiber and steam for environmental cleaning during an outbreakMardi Abernethy
Infection Control and Epidemiology, Southern Health, Clayton, Australia
Am J Infect Control 41:1134-5. 2013..Environmental cleaning using the microfiber-steam technology proved to be an effective and efficient cleaning methodology, appropriate for use during an outbreak situation. ..
- What's hanging around your neck? Pathogenic bacteria on identity badges and lanyardsDespina Kotsanas
Department of Infectious Diseases, Southern Health Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Med J Aust 188:5-8. 2008..To determine whether identity badges and lanyards worn by health care workers (HCWs) are capable of harbouring potentially pathogenic bacteria...
- Disinfection of Burkholderia cepacia complex from non-touch taps in a neonatal nurseryDespina Kotsanas
Southern Health Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
J Perinat Med 36:235-9. 2008..Molecular typing is useful in assisting the investigation of Bcc nosocomial infections...
- Using microfiber and steam technology to improve cleaning outcomes in an intensive care unitElizabeth Gillespie
Infection Control and Epidemiology Unit, Monash Health, Clayton, Vic, Australia Electronic address
Am J Infect Control 43:177-9. 2015..Such new methods can have a significant impact on the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms, provided systems are in place to ensure that the methodology is adhered to and that cleaning hours are adequate. ..
- Environment cleaning without chemicals in clinical settingsElizabeth Gillespie
Southern Health, Infection Control and Epidemiology Unit, Victoria, Australia
Am J Infect Control 41:461-3. 2013..This new technology performed extremely well. Our pilot study supports using ultramicrofiber cloth and steam technology as an alternative to cleaning with chemicals...
- 2009 H1N1 influenza A and pregnancy outcomes in Victoria, AustraliaSaliya Hewagama
Monash Medical Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Clin Infect Dis 50:686-90. 2010..Pregnant women have been identified as a group at risk of increased morbidity and mortality associated with the pandemic H1N1 influenza A 2009 (H1N1/09) outbreak...
- Hospitalised adult patients with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza in Melbourne, AustraliaJustin T Denholm
Victorian Infectious Diseases Service, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Med J Aust 192:84-6. 2010..To describe the case characteristics and outcomes of patients hospitalised with pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza infection during the first 2 months of the epidemic...
- Novel use of tryptose sulfite cycloserine egg yolk agar for isolation of Clostridium perfringens during an outbreak of necrotizing enterocolitis in a neonatal unitDespina Kotsanas
Department of Infectious Diseases, Southern Health, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
J Clin Microbiol 48:4263-5. 2010..Our study describes the novel use of selective tryptose sulfite cycloserine with egg yolk agar (TSC-EYA) during a nursery outbreak. This medium provides a rapid, sensitive, and accurate presumptive identification of C. perfringens...
- Microbiological monitoring of endoscopes: 5-year reviewElizabeth E Gillespie
Southern Health Infection Control and Epidemiology Unit, Monash Medical Centre, Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
J Gastroenterol Hepatol 23:1069-74. 2008..Initial prompt manual leak testing and manual cleaning followed by mechanical leak testing, cleaning and disinfection should be the minimum standard in reprocessing of endoscopes...
- The silver lining of disposable sporicidal privacy curtains in an intensive care unitDespina Kotsanas
Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash Health, Clayton, Victoria, Australia Electronic address
Am J Infect Control 42:366-70. 2014..The environment is a well-known source of health care-acquired infection. Because of the known risk of contamination, patient privacy curtains require frequent changes to decrease the risk of spread from patients to curtain and visa versa...
- Improving antibiotic stewardship by involving nursesElizabeth Gillespie
Infection Control and Epidemiology Unit, Southern Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Am J Infect Control 41:365-7. 2013..This study supports involving nurses as a means of improving antibiotic stewardship...
- Influenza vaccination uptake amongst pregnant women and maternal care providers is suboptimalAngela B Lu
Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Victoria, Australia
Vaccine 30:4055-9. 2012..To assess the uptake of influenza vaccination by pregnant women and maternity care providers and explore their attitudes towards influenza vaccination...
- Antibiotic prescribing practice in residential aged care facilities--health care providers' perspectivesChing Jou Lim
Monash University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
Med J Aust 201:98-102. 2014..To explore organisational workflow and workplace culture influencing antibiotic prescribing behaviour from the perspective of key health care providers working in residential aged care facilities (RACFs)...
- A sustained reduction in the transmission of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus in an intensive care unitElizabeth E Gillespie
Southern Health, Clayton, Vic, Australia
Crit Care Resusc 9:161-5. 2007..In 2004, poor compliance with hand-hygiene requirements was recognised as potentially contributing to the inability to control MRSA transmission...
- Mycophenolate and lower graft function reduce the seroresponse of kidney transplant recipients to pandemic H1N1 vaccinationWilliam R Mulley
Department of Nephrology, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Kidney Int 82:212-9. 2012..Transplant recipient responses were further reduced if they were receiving mycophenolate or had significantly lower graft function...
- Personal protective equipment and antiviral drug use during hospitalization for suspected avian or pandemic influenzaAshwin Swaminathan
Austin Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Emerg Infect Dis 13:1541-7. 2007..Up to 41% of HCW close contacts would have qualified for postexposure antiviral prophylaxis. These data indicate that many current national stockpiles of PPE and antiviral medication are likely inadequate for a pandemic...
- Transthoracic echocardiography is still useful in the initial evaluation of patients with suspected infective endocarditis: evaluation of a large cohort at a tertiary referral centerTimothy L Barton
MonashHeart, Clayton, Vic, Australia
Mayo Clin Proc 89:799-805. 2014....
- Emergence of a ribotype 244 strain of Clostridium difficile associated with severe disease and related to the epidemic ribotype 027 strainSze K Lim
Monash Infectious Diseases, Monash Health
Clin Infect Dis 58:1723-30. 2014..difficile strain was isolated. This strain had a single-nucleotide deletion of the tcdC gene at position 117 and binary toxin genes, which are characteristic of the hypervirulent ribotype (RT) 027 strain...
- Half of all peripheral intravenous lines in an Australian tertiary emergency department are unused: pain with no gain?Ezra I Limm
Southern Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Electronic address
Ann Emerg Med 62:521-5. 2013..Our study aims to determine the incidence of unused peripheral intravenous cannulas inserted in the emergency department (ED)...
- A real-life snapshot of the use and abuse of urinary catheters on general medical wardsGeoffrey Harley
Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 32:1216-8. 2011..Overall, there was poor knowledge of the indications and date of catheterization. Doctor awareness decreases duration of catheterization...