R P Vonberg

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Affiliation: Hannover Medical School
Country: Germany

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint [Infection control measures in intensive care units. Results of the German Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System (KISS)]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover
    Anaesthesist 54:975-8, 980-2. 2005
  2. ncbi request reprint Outbreaks in neonatal intensive care units - they are not like others
    Petra Gastmeier
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School, Hannover, Germany
    Am J Infect Control 35:172-6. 2007
  3. doi request reprint Consumer attitudes about health care acquired infections: a German survey on factors considered important in the choice of a hospital
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Am J Med Qual 23:56-9. 2008
  4. doi request reprint Outbreaks of nosocomial infections: lessons learned and perspectives
    Petra Gastmeier
    Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charite University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    Curr Opin Infect Dis 21:357-61. 2008
  5. doi request reprint Costs of nosocomial Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    J Hosp Infect 70:15-20. 2008
  6. pmc Health care workers causing large nosocomial outbreaks: a systematic review
    Lisa Danzmann
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl Neuberg Str, 1, Hannover D 30625, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 13:98. 2013
  7. ncbi request reprint Prevention of surgical site infections in bone and joint procedures
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany
    Curr Infect Dis Rep 14:576-84. 2012
  8. pmc An evidence-based recommendation on bed head elevation for mechanically ventilated patients
    Barbara S Niël-Weise
    Leiden University Medical Center, Dutch Working Party Infection Prevention, C7 130, Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, Germany
    Crit Care 15:R111. 2011
  9. pmc Risk factors for the development of nosocomial pneumonia and mortality on intensive care units: application of competing risks models
    Martin Wolkewitz
    Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Crit Care 12:R44. 2008
  10. ncbi request reprint Reusable terminal tap water filters for nosocomial legionellosis prevention
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany
    Ann Hematol 84:403-5. 2005

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Publications36

  1. ncbi request reprint [Infection control measures in intensive care units. Results of the German Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System (KISS)]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule, Hannover
    Anaesthesist 54:975-8, 980-2. 2005
    ..Aim of this study was to determine to what extent evidence-based infection control recommendations are applied in German intensive care units (ICUs)...
  2. ncbi request reprint Outbreaks in neonatal intensive care units - they are not like others
    Petra Gastmeier
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School, Hannover, Germany
    Am J Infect Control 35:172-6. 2007
    ..The objective of this systematic review was to identify differences between outbreaks of health care-associated infections in NICUs and other ICUs as reported to date in the medical literature...
  3. doi request reprint Consumer attitudes about health care acquired infections: a German survey on factors considered important in the choice of a hospital
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Am J Med Qual 23:56-9. 2008
    ..In contrast, the reputation of the health care facility in the public media was much less important. It seems that kindness and basic hygiene measures, both quite inexpensive factors, are key issues for patients...
  4. doi request reprint Outbreaks of nosocomial infections: lessons learned and perspectives
    Petra Gastmeier
    Institute of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charite University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    Curr Opin Infect Dis 21:357-61. 2008
    ..The review summarizes the results of selected outbreak reports and systematic analyses of nosocomial outbreaks from 2007 and focuses on different aspects of hospital epidemiology and infection control...
  5. doi request reprint Costs of nosocomial Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    J Hosp Infect 70:15-20. 2008
    ..Nosocomial CDAD is associated with high costs for healthcare systems. Clinicians should be aware of the financial impact of this disease and the application of appropriate infection control measures is recommended to reduce spread...
  6. pmc Health care workers causing large nosocomial outbreaks: a systematic review
    Lisa Danzmann
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl Neuberg Str, 1, Hannover D 30625, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 13:98. 2013
    ..Staff in the hospital itself may be the source of a nosocomial outbreak (NO). But the role of undetected carriers as an outbreak source is yet unknown...
  7. ncbi request reprint Prevention of surgical site infections in bone and joint procedures
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany
    Curr Infect Dis Rep 14:576-84. 2012
    ..Laminar air flow systems do not seem to prevent SSI but may even cause harm, instead. There is a strong association between the annual number of surgical procedures and low SSI rates...
  8. pmc An evidence-based recommendation on bed head elevation for mechanically ventilated patients
    Barbara S Niël-Weise
    Leiden University Medical Center, Dutch Working Party Infection Prevention, C7 130, Postbus 9600, 2300 RC Leiden, Germany
    Crit Care 15:R111. 2011
    ..This recommendation, however, is not an evidence-based one...
  9. pmc Risk factors for the development of nosocomial pneumonia and mortality on intensive care units: application of competing risks models
    Martin Wolkewitz
    Institute of Medical Biometry and Medical Informatics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Crit Care 12:R44. 2008
    ..However, the evaluation in most of theses studies disregards the fact that there are additional competing events, such as discharge or death...
  10. ncbi request reprint Reusable terminal tap water filters for nosocomial legionellosis prevention
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover, Germany
    Ann Hematol 84:403-5. 2005
    ..To avoid retrograde contamination of filters, education of staff and patients in handling these devices is mandatory...
  11. ncbi request reprint [Multiple abscesses in immunocompetent patients caused by Panton-Valentine leukocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover
    Hautarzt 59:319-22. 2008
    ..Dermatologists should be informed about this specific type of infection and about the appropriate infection control measures...
  12. ncbi request reprint Epidemiology of multi-drug-resistant gram-negative bacteria: data from an university hospital over a 36-month period
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Street 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany
    Int J Hyg Environ Health 211:251-7. 2008
    ..Because there are many immunocompromised patients in our facility we will continue our current infection control management until more data concerning MRGN are available...
  13. ncbi request reprint [Costs due to urinary tract infections in Germany. An estimation based on the data from the German National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Hannover, Deutschland
    Urologe A 47:54-8. 2008
    ..We estimated the avoidable costs due to nosocomial urinary tract infections (UTI) based on the data of the German National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System (KISS)...
  14. doi request reprint Infection control measures to limit the spread of Clostridium difficile
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Clin Microbiol Infect 14:2-20. 2008
    ..Existing local protocols and practices for the control of C. difficile should be carefully reviewed and modified if necessary...
  15. pmc Impact of a silver layer on the membrane of tap water filters on the microbiological quality of filtered water
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 8:133. 2008
    ..Terminal tap water filters may be used to prevent nosocomial Legionnaires' disease. We present data from water samples using an improved kind of tap water filters...
  16. pmc The microbiological quality of air improves when using air conditioning systems in cars
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany
    BMC Infect Dis 10:146. 2010
    ..However, its impact on the number of particles and microorganisms inside the vehicle--and by this its impact on the risk of an allergic reaction--is yet unknown...
  17. doi request reprint Worldwide Outbreak Database: the largest collection of nosocomial outbreaks
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Hannover Medical School, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, Hannover, Germany
    Infection 39:29-34. 2011
    ..As this database may be used free of charge, all medical staff in the field of infection control, hygiene, and hospital epidemiology should be aware of its existence...
  18. ncbi request reprint [Prevention and control of the spread of vancomycin-resistant enterococci: results of a workshop held by the German Society for Hygiene and Microbiology]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover, Deutschland
    Anaesthesist 56:151-7. 2007
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  19. ncbi request reprint Hospital-acquired infections related to contaminated substances
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    J Hosp Infect 65:15-23. 2007
    ..A large proportion of drug-related nosocomial infections could have been prevented, for example, by avoiding the use of multi-dose vials...
  20. ncbi request reprint Influence of immunisation with Mycobacterium bovis bacillus Calmette-Guérin on the sensitisation to inhaled allergens after infection with respiratory syncytial virus
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Str 1, D 30625, Hannover, Germany
    Clin Exp Med 5:177-83. 2005
    ..BCG immunisation led to a local suppression of the allergic reaction within the lung. No reduction of systemic IgE production was observed. Further studies are necessary to determine a possible time dependence of BCG immunisation...
  21. ncbi request reprint [Infection control measures in anaesthesia]
    R P Vonberg
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
    Anasthesiol Intensivmed Notfallmed Schmerzther 40:453-8. 2005
    ..Do not use multi dose vials unless declared by manufacturer. Alcoholic hand disinfection is the most important measure in order to avoid nosocomial pathogen transmission and infection...
  22. ncbi request reprint Device-associated infection rates for non-intensive care unit patients
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, D 30625 Hannover, Germany
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 27:357-61. 2006
    ..In contrast to the huge amount of data available for ICU patients, appropriate surveillance data for non-ICU patients have been missing in Germany...
  23. ncbi request reprint Surveillance of cystic fibrosis patients with multi-drug resistant Gram-negative rods
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany
    Int J Hyg Environ Health 209:333-6. 2006
    ..Especially cystic fibrosis (CF) patients are known to be at risk for MRGN acquisition. We present surveillance data of endemic MRGN in CF patients from a German university hospital during a 3-year period...
  24. ncbi request reprint Nosocomial aspergillosis in outbreak settings
    R P Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Germany
    J Hosp Infect 63:246-54. 2006
    ..Even small concentrations of spores have been associated with outbreaks, mainly due to A. fumigatus or A. flavus. Patients at risk should not be exposed to aspergilli...
  25. ncbi request reprint Use of terminal tap water filter systems for prevention of nosocomial legionellosis
    R P Vonberg
    Division of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Str 1, D 30625 Hannover, Germany
    J Hosp Infect 60:159-62. 2005
    ..Samples that were positive for Legionella spp. contained 1-4 cfu/mL. We believe that an impregnated filter system is suitable for the prevention of nosocomial Legionellosis in high-risk patient care areas...
  26. ncbi request reprint Impact of the suctioning system (open vs. closed) on the incidence of ventilation-associated pneumonia: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School of Hannover, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany
    Intensive Care Med 32:1329-35. 2006
    ..The choice of suctioning system (open vs. closed) remains unresolved in evidence-based guidelines. This meta-analysis was carried out to analyze the effect of the type of suctioning system on the incidence of VAP...
  27. ncbi request reprint Isolation of infectious cystic fibrosis patients: results of a systematic review
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 26:401-9. 2005
    ..Therefore, pathogen transmission needs to be prevented. There are several guidelines for the care of CF patients, but no transparent systematic literature review has been published...
  28. ncbi request reprint How often do asymptomatic healthcare workers cause methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus outbreaks? A systematic evaluation
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 27:1123-7. 2006
    ..Of 191 outbreaks identified, 11 had strong epidemiological evidence that HCWs were the source. In 3 of these outbreaks, asymptomatic carriers were the cause. The frequent practice of screening asymptomatic HCWs should be reconsidered...
  29. ncbi request reprint [Dramatic increase of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea in Germany: has the new strain PCR-ribotype 027 already reached us?]
    C Reichardt
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
    Dtsch Med Wochenschr 132:223-8. 2007
  30. ncbi request reprint [Control of methicillin-resistant S. aureus by active surveillance. Results of a workshop held by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hygiene und Mikrobiologie]
    A Kola
    Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Medizinische Hochschule, Carl Neuberg Str 1, 30625, Hannover
    Anaesthesist 55:778-83. 2006
    ..Recently, PCR methods have been developed which allow the specific identification of MRSA even from nasal swabs...
  31. doi request reprint [Frequency of polyphasic health-care-associated outbreaks is highest in surgical departments - results of a systematic literature search]
    S Thon
    Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Krankenhaushygiene, Hannover, Deutschland
    Zentralbl Chir 136:74-8. 2011
    ..This article summarises the results of a systematic search of the medical literature on polyphasic outbreaks...
  32. ncbi request reprint Evaluation of six agglutination tests for Staphylococcus aureus identification depending upon local prevalence of meticillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA)
    Klaus Weist
    Institute for Hygiene and Environmental Medicine, Charite University Medicine, FU and HU Berlin, Berlin, Germany
    J Med Microbiol 55:283-90. 2006
    ..Depending upon the local MRSA prevalence and the parameter of interest (sensitivity or specificity), these test systems may be useful for routine diagnostic purposes...
  33. ncbi request reprint Where should one search when confronted with outbreaks of nosocomial infection?
    Petra Gastmeier
    Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Hannover, Germany
    Am J Infect Control 34:603-5. 2006
    ..Overall, in 37.1%, no source was identified. The main sources identified were index patients (40.3%), followed by equipment and devices (21.1%), environment (19.8%), and personnel (15.8%)...
  34. ncbi request reprint Quality of outbreak descriptions in medical literature
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Lancet Infect Dis 7:699-700. 2007
  35. pmc Clostridium difficile in discharged inpatients, Germany
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Emerg Infect Dis 13:179-80. 2007
  36. ncbi request reprint Identification of Burkholderia cepacia complex pathogens by rapid-cycle PCR with fluorescent hybridization probes
    Ralf Peter Vonberg
    Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hospital Epidemiology, Medical School Hannover, Carl Neuberg Strasse 1, 30625 Hannover, Germany
    J Med Microbiol 55:721-7. 2006
    ..cepacia complex strains and Burkholderia spp. The identification system was easy to handle and revealed B. cepacia complex genomovar I-V status from culture isolates within about 1 h...