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Healthcare Infection is the premier journal in the field of infection prevention and control in the Asia-Pacific region. More

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Published online 16 December 2014
Assessment of current antimicrobial stewardship policies and resources: a focus group project 
Darren K. Pasay, Sheldon J. S. Chow, Lauren C. Bresee, Micheal Guirguis and Jeremy Slobodan

Describing the methods and results of a province-wide focus group project, the report revealed the participants’ perceptions of antimicrobial stewardship and formulary policies. Participants discussed the antimicrobial resources, influences, barriers, team approach, communication and educational needs, antimicrobial utilisation concerns, and enablers. This is the first qualitative analysis to target pharmacy services staff across a large organisation.

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Published online 28 November 2014
What have you heard about tattooing in prison? The clandestine role of hearing aids in the risk of bloodborne virus transmission 
Huan Jian Sia and Michael Levy

This report outlines the illicit use of hearing aid batteries as a power source for illicit prison tattooing. We advocate for the introduction of regulated tattoo parlours in prisons so as to minimise the risks of conflating important health interventions with risk activities and minimising the risks of bacterial or viral transmission.

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Published online 26 November 2014
Evaluation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay to confirm surface disinfection of biological indicators with vaporised hydrogen peroxide (VHP) 
Erica M. Colbert, Shawn G. Gibbs, Kendra K. Schmid, Robin High, John J. Lowe, Oleg Chaika and Philip W. Smith

This study examined if ATP bioluminescence assay could be used to evaluate biological indicators to confirm decontamination following vaporised hydrogen peroxide decontamination. A reduction in microorganisms was shown for culture-based methods, but ATP bioluminescence assay did not show a reduction. The ATP bioluminescence assay is not an effective alternate to culture-based methodologies for the confirmation of VHP decontamination.

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Published online 24 July 2014
A nurse-led antimicrobial stewardship intervention in two residential aged care facilities 
Rhonda L. Stuart, Elizabeth Orr, Despina Kotsanas and Elizabeth E. Gillespie

Antimicrobial stewardship in a residential aged care facility setting is of growing importance. In this pilot study, we found that a simple educational intervention, utilising an infection prevention nurse to drive the program, led to a significant reduction in antibiotic use in a residential aged care facility. Further research in this important area is justified.

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Volume 19 Number 4 2014

 
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Improvements in process with a multimodal campaign to reduce urinary tract infections in hospitalised Australian patients 
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Deborah Rhodes , Jacqueline Kennon , Stacey Aitchison , Kerrie Watson , Linda Hornby , Gillian Land , Pauline Bass , Susan McLellan , Surendra Karki , Allen C. Cheng and Leon J. Worth
pp. 117-121

The majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in hospitalised patients are associated with indwelling urinary catheters (IDCs). We evaluated the impact of an educational campaign on IDC care and the proportion of hospitalised patients with UTI, and demonstrated a reduction in UTIs but a non-sustainable improvement in clinical practices. Multimodal strategies to improve process can successfully reduce UTIs arising during hospitalisation, but strategies for sustainable quality improvement are required.

 
  
 

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Clostridium difficile-associated disease: how much do we really know? A single institution study 
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Hedley S. Roth , Christopher T. Parker , Roger J. Wale and Satish K. Warrier
pp. 122-127

The incidence and virulence of nosocomial Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is increasing around the world. The knowledge of CDI prevention and management amongst healthcare workers was assessed at a tertiary institution. Knowledge deficiencies were identified and education would assist in arresting the rising impact of CDI.

 
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Changes in healthcare-associated infections after the introduction of a national hand hygiene initiative 
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Adrian G. Barnett , Katie Page , Megan Campbell , David Brain , Elizabeth Martin , Shirley Winters , Lisa Hall , David Paterson and Nicholas Graves
pp. 128-134

The National Hand Hygiene Initiative in Australia aimed to improve hand hygiene compliance amongst healthcare workers and so reduce healthcare-associated infections. We examined if the introduction of the initiative was associated with a change in infection rates. Understanding the effectiveness of the initiative is key to understanding if it was also cost-effective.

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Prior room occupancy increases risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition 
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Brett G. Mitchell , Wilhelmine Digney and John K. Ferguson
pp. 135-140

Understanding the risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) acquisition from prior room occupants provides valuable data to inform infection prevention strategies. We explored the risk of acquiring MRSA from prior room occupants and identified a significant risk. Increased attention to discharge room cleaning in hospitals is required and the reconsideration of additional recommendations for discharge cleaning.

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Approaches to surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection in Australian states and territories 
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Elizabeth Hanley and Cate Quoyle
pp. 141-146

Surveillance of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is aimed at improving patient safety, decreasing HAI rates, and reducing morbidity and mortality. This article reports on a survey conducted by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care during 2012–13. It describes approaches to surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia (SAB) and Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by Australian states and territories for collection, validation and reporting of SAB and CDI data; and identifies differences in practices.

 
  
 

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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    HI14034  Accepted 15 December 2014
    Knowledge, attitude and perceptions regarding antibiotic use and self-medication: A cross-sectional study amongst Australian Chinese migrants
    Jie Hu, Zhiqiang Wang
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1. Published 30 May 2014
Knowledge and understanding of patients and health care workers about multi-resistant organisms

Nancy Santiano, Jennifer Caldwell, Emina Ryan, Arene Smuts and Heather-Marie Schmidt

2. Published 24 February 2014
A single centre point prevalence survey to determine prevalence of indwelling urinary catheter use and nurse-sensitive indicators for the prevention of infection

Rochelle Wynne, Mithun Patel, Nicole Pascual, Marc Mendoza, Pui Ho, Doreen Qian, Denesh Thangavel, Laura Law, Matthew Richards and Louise Hobbs

3. Published 30 May 2014
Mandatory seasonal influenza vaccination of health care workers: a way forward to improving influenza vaccination rates

Roy Chean, John K. Ferguson and Rhonda L. Stuart

4. Published 24 February 2014
Urinary tract infection in long-term care facilities

Lindsay E. Nicolle

5. Published 3 September 2014
Improving hand hygiene compliance: harnessing the effect of advertised auditing

Siong Hui, John Ng, Nancy Santiano, Heather-Marie Schmidt, Jennifer Caldwell, Emina Ryan and Michael Maley

6. Published 30 May 2014
Nurses’ sharps, including needlestick, injuries in public and private healthcare facilities in New South Wales, Australia

Maya Guest, Ashley K. Kable, May M. Boggess and Mark Friedewald

7. Published 30 May 2014
Impact of a linerless, reusable, clinical wastebin system on costs, waste volumes and infection risk in an Australian acute-care hospital

Fiona De Sousa, Diana Martin and Terry Grimmond

8. Published 3 September 2014
How can implementing an infection prevention and control (IPC) technology transform healthcare practices and outcomes for patients?

Randa Attieh, Marie-Pierre Gagnon and Sarah L. Krein

9. Published 24 February 2014
Healthcare associated urinary tract infections: a protocol for a national point prevalence study

Brett Mitchell, Anne Gardner, Wendy Beckingham and Oyebola Fasugba

10. Published 3 September 2014
Attitudes towards antimicrobial stewardship: results from a large private hospital in Australia

Menino O. Cotta, Megan S. Robertson, Mark Tacey, Caroline Marshall, Karin A. Thursky, Danny Liew and Kirsty L. Buising

11. Published 3 September 2014
Frequency of use and activation of safety-engineered sharps devices: a sharps container audit in five Australian capital cities

Terry Grimmond

12. Published 30 May 2014
ATP bioluminescence to validate the decontamination process of gastrointestinal endoscopes

Geethanie Fernando, Peter Collignon and Wendy Beckingham

13. Published 3 September 2014
Mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: is it necessary or sufficient to protect patients?

Allen C. Cheng and Leon J. Worth

14. Published 8 December 2014
Changes in healthcare-associated infections after the introduction of a national hand hygiene initiative

Adrian G. Barnett, Katie Page, Megan Campbell, David Brain, Elizabeth Martin, Shirley Winters, Lisa Hall, David Paterson and Nicholas Graves

15. Published 24 February 2014
Renal patients with asymptomatic bacteriuria do not need to be treated: results of a pilot observational audit

Leyland Chuang, Norshima Nashi, Anantharaman Vathsala and Paul Ananth Tambyah

16. Published 24 February 2014
Clinical characteristics and antimicrobial susceptibility pattern of hospitalised patients with community-acquired urinary tract infections at a regional hospital in Taiwan

Luke F. Chen, Chun-Ting Chiu, Jui-Yo Lo, Si-Yuan Tsai, Li-Chiu Weng, Deverick J. Anderson and Huan-Sheng Chen

17. Published 8 December 2014
Improvements in process with a multimodal campaign to reduce urinary tract infections in hospitalised Australian patients

Deborah Rhodes, Jacqueline Kennon, Stacey Aitchison, Kerrie Watson, Linda Hornby, Gillian Land, Pauline Bass, Susan McLellan, Surendra Karki, Allen C. Cheng and Leon J. Worth

18. Published 3 September 2014
Evaluation of the relationship between ATP bioluminescence assay and the presence of organisms associated with healthcare-associated infections

Shawn G. Gibbs, Harlan Sayles, Oleg Chaika, Angela Hewlett, Erica M. Colbert and Philip W. Smith

19. Published 8 December 2014
Clostridium difficile-associated disease: how much do we really know? A single institution study

Hedley S. Roth, Christopher T. Parker, Roger J. Wale and Satish K. Warrier

20. Published 8 December 2014
Prior room occupancy increases risk of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus acquisition

Brett G. Mitchell, Wilhelmine Digney and John K. Ferguson


      
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