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

Editor: Brett Mitchell


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Volume 19 Number 3 2014

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How can implementing an infection prevention and control (IPC) technology transform healthcare practices and outcomes for patients? 
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Randa Attieh , Marie-Pierre Gagnon and Sarah L. Krein
pp. 81-88

Changes in infection prevention and control (IPC) practices resulting from technical innovation can have a major impact on healthcare quality. This discussion paper seeks to introduce a conceptual framework that will make it possible to understand the dynamics involved in implementing practice change. It identifies how new technology integration can translate into different responses to change and into the practices of a network of actors.


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Attitudes towards antimicrobial stewardship: results from a large private hospital in Australia 
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Menino O. Cotta , Megan S. Robertson , Mark Tacey , Caroline Marshall , Karin A. Thursky , Danny Liew and Kirsty L. Buising
pp. 89-94

An effective hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) program requires engagement with all healthcare professionals involved in antimicrobial use, not just prescribers. The aim of this study was to consider attitudes and perceptions among all clinical stakeholders in a large Australian private hospital. Results of the study may be of assistance in introducing AMS to the private hospital sector.

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Frequency of use and activation of safety-engineered sharps devices: a sharps container audit in five Australian capital cities 
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Terry Grimmond
pp. 95-100

The incidence of sharps injuries among Australian hospital personnel is unacceptably high and little data is available as to why. This national audit of disposed sharps found only 30% were safety-engineered devices and 20% of safety devices were not activated. The findings offer some explanation as to the high incidence and give strong support for urgent change to occur, including possible legislation.

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Evaluation of the relationship between ATP bioluminescence assay and the presence of organisms associated with healthcare-associated infections 
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Shawn G. Gibbs , Harlan Sayles , Oleg Chaika , Angela Hewlett , Erica M. Colbert and Philip W. Smith
pp. 101-107

This study evaluated ATP bioluminescence’s efficacy in determining microbial contamination on 17 surfaces from the healthcare environment, and in determining if the ATP measurements of Acinetobacter baumannii, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Mycobacterium smegmatis, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus corresponded to quantitative microbiology. A strong positive correlation was discovered for each of the six organisms.


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Improving hand hygiene compliance: harnessing the effect of advertised auditing 
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Siong Hui , John Ng , Nancy Santiano , Heather-Marie Schmidt , Jennifer Caldwell , Emina Ryan and Michael Maley
pp. 108-113

Good hand hygiene compliance can prevent healthcare-associated infections and when healthcare workers are aware of being observed, adherence may improve further. A prospective observational study carried out to determine the association between advertised hand hygiene auditing and compliance rates revealed an increment of 5.6% in the overall compliance rate.


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Mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers: is it necessary or sufficient to protect patients? 
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Allen C. Cheng and Leon J. Worth
pp. 114-115

Despite recommendations, a significant proportion of hospital staff is not vaccinated against influenza and there have been calls to make this compulsory. We argue that this is poor policy – it does not automatically lead to better vaccination rates, is difficult to enforce and good vaccination rates are possible without compelling staff to be vaccinated. Further, even complete vaccination of staff may not achieve the ultimate goal of protecting patients from viral infections because the vaccine is only partially effective.


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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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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.

    HI14032  Accepted 27 October 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, Michael Levy

    HI14022  Accepted 27 October 2014
    Evaluation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay to confirm surface disinfection of biological indicators with vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP)
    Erica Colbert, Shawn Gibbs, Kendra Schmid, Robin High, John Lowe, Oleg Chaika, Philip Smith

    HI14023  Accepted 14 October 2014
    Prior room occupancy increases risk of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) acquisition
    Brett Mitchell, Wilhelmine Digney, John Ferguson

    HI14019  Accepted 14 October 2014
    Approaches to surveillance of Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia and Clostridium difficile infection in Australian states and territories
    Elizabeth Hanley, Cate Quoyle

    HI14033  Accepted 07 October 2014
    Changes in healthcare associated infections after the introduction of a national hand hygiene initiative
    Adrian Barnett, Katie Page, Megan Campbell, David Brain, Elizabeth Martin, Shirley Winters, Lisa Hall, David Paterson, Nicholas Graves

    HI14025  Accepted 07 October 2014
    Assessment of Current Antimicrobial Stewardship Policies and Resources: A Focus Group Project
    Darren Pasay, Sheldon Chow, Lauren Bresee, Micheal Guirguis, Jeremy Slobodan

    HI14031  Accepted 02 October 2014
    Clostridium Difficile Associated disease: How much do we really know? A single institution study.
    Hedley Roth, Christopher Parker, Roger Wale, Satish Warrier

    HI14024  Accepted 15 September 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, Sue McLellan, Surendra Karki, Allen Cheng, Leon Worth