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Impact of the environment on healthcare-associated infections

Thematic Series

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Edited by Sarah Tschudin-Sutter

We are proud to announce that Impact of the environment on healthcare-associated infections is open for submissions, specifically original works and reviews focusing on the role of the environment in promoting healthcare-associated infections and specific interventions targeting the hospital environment are welcome.

This thematic series, published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control is intended to provide new insights into the current knowledge on the role of the environment in promoting and entertaining healthcare-associated infections as well as specific interventions targeting the hospital environment.

The role of the environment in entertaining transmission of pathogens in healthcare facilities and thus promoting healthcare-associated infections has been debated for decades.

More recently, a substantial body of research has been published confirming that persistence of microorganisms in different niches of the healthcare environment may serve as a relevant reservoir entertaining transmission and dissemination among patients. Novel insights into the role of the hospital environment have been fueled by the increasing availability of novel typing methodologies, such as whole genome sequencing and metagenomics, providing the resolution to track transmission events at the highest possible level. Concurrently, “no touch” technologies for environmental decontamination are becoming increasingly available, calling for an evidence base for recommendations regarding their implementation.

This special issue aims to disseminate current research providing further insights into the role of the environment in entertaining transmission of important healthcare-associated pathogens and ultimately, healthcare-associated infections, as well as current strategies targeting environmental niches in healthcare settings.

Published in Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.

  1. Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are estimated to affect up to 15% of hospital inpatients in low-income countries (LICs). A critical but often neglected aspect of HAI prevention is basic environmental hy...

    Authors: Giorgia Gon, Abdunoor M. Kabanywanyi, Petri Blinkhoff, Simon Cousens, Stephanie J. Dancer, Wendy J. Graham, Joseph Hokororo, Fatuma Manzi, Tanya Marchant, Dickson Mkoka, Emma Morrison, Sarah Mswata, Shefali Oza, Loveday Penn-Kekana, Yovitha Sedekia, Sandra Virgo…

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2021 10:8

    Content type: Research

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  2. The environmental role of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) acquisition and infection in human disease has been described but not thoroughly investigated. We aimed to assess the occurrence of CP...

    Authors: Regev Cohen, Svetlana Paikin, Assaf Rokney, Maxim Rubin-Blum and Peleg Astrahan

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:169

    Content type: Research

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  3. Hospital intensive care units (ICUs) are known reservoirs of multidrug resistant nosocomial bacteria. Targeted environmental monitoring of these organisms in health care facilities can strengthen infection con...

    Authors: Kanishka Kamathewatta, Rhys Bushell, Fannana Rafa, Glenn Browning, Helen Billman-Jacobe and Marc Marenda

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:163

    Content type: Research

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  4. Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) especially outbreaks of multi-drug-resistant organisms within hospitals are recognized as a major contributor to morbidity and mortality of hospitalized patients. The hea...

    Authors: Folasade T. Ogunsola and Shaheen Mehtar

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:81

    Content type: Review

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  5. Despite improvements in hospital infection prevention and control, healthcare associated infections (HAIs) remain a challenge with significant patient morbidity, mortality, and cost for the healthcare system. ...

    Authors: Kathryn R. Dalton, Clare Rock, Karen C. Carroll and Meghan F. Davis

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:78

    Content type: Review

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  6. Implementing sustainable practice change in hospital cleaning has proven to be an ongoing challenge in reducing healthcare associated infections. The purpose of this study was to develop a reliable framework-b...

    Authors: Lisa Hall, Nicole M. White, Michelle Allen, Alison Farrington, Brett G. Mitchell, Katie Page, Kate Halton, Thomas V. Riley, Christian A. Gericke, Nicholas Graves and Anne Gardner

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:35

    Content type: Research

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  7. Multidrug-resistant gram-negative (MRGN) bacteria are a serious threat to global health. We used genomics to study MRGN obtained from houseflies in a tertiary Rwandan hospital. Our analysis revealed a high abu...

    Authors: Stefan E. Heiden, Mathis S. E. Kurz, Jürgen Bohnert, Claude Bayingana, Jules M. Ndoli, Augustin Sendegeya, Jean Bosco Gahutu, Elias Eger, Frank P. Mockenhaupt and Katharina Schaufler

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:34

    Content type: Short report

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  8. Infections by multidrug-resistant (MDR) Gram-negative organisms (GN) are associated with a high mortality rate and present an increasing challenge to the healthcare system worldwide. In recent years, increasin...

    Authors: Po Ying Chia, Sharmila Sengupta, Anjanna Kukreja, Sasheela S.L. Ponnampalavanar, Oon Tek Ng and Kalisvar Marimuthu

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:29

    Content type: Review

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  9. Inadequate hospital cleaning may contribute to cross-transmission of pathogens. It is important to implement effective cleaning for the safe hospital environment. We conducted a three-phase study using human f...

    Authors: I-Chen Hung, Hao-Yuan Chang, Aristine Cheng, Mei-Wen Chen, An-Chi Chen, Ling Ting, Yeur-Hur Lai, Jann-Tay Wang, Yee-Chun Chen and Wang-Huei Sheng

    Citation: Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control 2020 9:17

    Content type: Research

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