- Topical therapy for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization: impact on infection risk
Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 30:623-32. 2009
..We evaluated the usefulness of topical decolonization therapy for reducing the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection among MRSA-colonized inpatients...
- Prediction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus involvement in disease sites by concomitant nasal sampling
Department of Medicine, Northwestern University s Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
J Clin Microbiol 46:588-92. 2008
- Electronic prediction rules for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and NorthShore University Health System, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 32:9-19. 2011
..This process is costly, and false-positive test results lead to isolation of individuals who do not carry MRSA. The performance of this technique would improve if patients who are at high risk of colonization could be readily targeted...
- Decolonization therapy in infection control
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, USA
Curr Opin Infect Dis 23:340-5. 2010
..Decolonization strategies aim to prevent infection from these endogenous sources. This review focuses on data published from 2008 to the present on effectiveness and safety of patient decolonization strategies for preventing HAIs...
- Management of a multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii outbreak in an intensive care unit using novel environmental disinfection: a 38-month report
Carlo La Forgia
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Evanston, IL, USA
Am J Infect Control 38:259-63. 2010
..We describe the systematic investigation initiated to discover an environmental reservoir and a novel measure taken to terminate the outbreak...
- Duration of colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Department of Medicine, Northwestern University s Feinberg School of Medicine, Evanston, Illinois 60201, USA
Clin Infect Dis 48:910-3. 2009
..8% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 45.8%-51.7%) remained colonized; at 4 years, 21.2% of the patients (95% confidence interval, 13.1%-31.4%) remained colonized...
- 5 Million Lives Campaign. Case study: an MRSA intervention at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
Lance R Peterson
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Pathology, Evanston, Illinois, USA
Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf 33:732-8. 2007
- Implementation of a universal admission surveillance and decolonization program for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) reduces the number of MRSA and total number of S. aureus isolates reported by the clinical laboratory
Donna M Hacek
NorthShore University Healthsystem, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, 2650 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
J Clin Microbiol 47:3749-52. 2009
..The decreases in the numbers of MRSA and total S. aureus clinical isolates for each year after August 2005 were highly statistically significant compared to the numbers in each of the prior 3 years (P < 0.0001)...
- The electronic medical record as a tool for infection surveillance: successful automation of device-days
Marc Oliver Wright
Department of Infection Control, NorthShore University Healthsystem, 2650 Ridge Ave, Burch 124, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
Am J Infect Control 37:364-70. 2009
..Manual collection of central venous catheter, ventilator, and indwelling urinary catheter device-days is time-consuming, often restricted to intensive care units (ICU) and prone to error...
- Significant impact of terminal room cleaning with bleach on reducing nosocomial Clostridium difficile
Donna M Hacek
NorthShore University Healthsystem, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Division of Microbiology, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
Am J Infect Control 38:350-3. 2010
..In response, an intervention of terminal room cleaning with dilute bleach was instituted to decrease the amount of C difficile environmental spore contamination from patients with C difficile infection (CDI)...
- Reporting catheter-associated urinary tract infections: denominator matters
Marc Oliver Wright
Department of Infection Control, NorthShore University Healthsystem, Evanston, Illinois 60201, USA
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 32:635-40. 2011
..To evaluate two different methods of measuring catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates in the setting of a quality improvement initiative aimed at reducing device utilization...
- Laboratory testing for Clostridium difficile infection: light at the end of the tunnel
Lance R Peterson
Department of Medicine, NorthShore University Healthsystem, University of Chicago, Evanston, IL, USA
Am J Clin Pathol 136:372-80. 2011
..The common enzyme immunoassay tests all had sensitivity values less than 50%. Clinical laboratory professionals need to seriously consider their diagnostic testing and use the assays that perform best for the detection of CDI...