In this podcast series, we discuss new research and issues on the topic of infection prevention and control. We talk to doctors, nurses, clinicians, academics and administrators.
Professor Brett Mitchell (from Avondale University, Australia), Visiting Professor Martin Kiernan (University of West London and Avondale University) and Professor Philip Russo (Monash University) have considerable experience in infection prevention and control. In this series, we discuss topical issues, speak to authors of papers that catch our eye and occasionally produce special editions from conferences that we attend. We welcome feedback from listeners.
What do C. difficile and HAP have in common - toilet plume??
In this episode, after an interesting discovery when searching Youtube, Brett and Martin mull over whether toilet plume is a risk factor for hospital-acquired pneumonia and C. difficile infections. The papers we discuss are listed below.
Goforth MP, Boone SA, Clark J, Valenzuela PB, McKinney J, Ijaz MK, et al. Impacts of lid closure during toilet flushing and of toilet bowl cleaning on viral contamination of surfaces in United States restrooms. Am J Infect Control 2023. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2023.11.020
Best EL, Sandoe JA, Wilcox MH. Potential for aerosolization of Clostridium difficile after flushing toilets: the role of toilet lids in reducing environmental contamination risk. J Hosp Infect 2012;80(1):1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2011.08.010
Lai ACK, Tan TF, Li WS, Ip DKM. Emission strength of airborne pathogens during toilet flushing. Indoor Air 2018;28(1):73-9. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12406
A national CPE survey of healthcare workers knowledge and some interesting sink practices
We chat with Dr Deirdre Fitzgerald-Hughes and Aoife Kearney about a national survey undertaken in Ireland. In the survey, they explored CPE knowledge and practices of healthcare workers, including infection prevention and control staff.
There were some interesting findings that may be useful in informing IPC education and training, including convincing people that they need to know more.
The paper we discuss is:
Kearney, A., Humphreys, H., & Fitzgerald-Hughes, D. (2023). Infection prevention and control policy implementation for CPE: A cross-sectional national survey of healthcare workers reveals knowledge gaps and sub-optimal practices. Journal of Hospital Infection. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2023.12.007
90% Reduction in MRSA bacteraemia. Possible but patience is a virtue!
We discussthe 90% reductionin MRSA bloostream infections in Malta and the interventions that led to this
C. difficile: Disinfectants, attachment and strain variations
Martin and Dr Tina Joshi discuss C. difficile, including spore attachment, effect of disinfectants and strain variations
The 2023 End of Year/Christmas Special
Our end of year special. A favourite paper from the year of our birth and our top picks for this year.
If you could have anything in IPC, what would you want?
Brett and Phil discuss their ultimate wishlist in the IPC world.
May 19 podcast
Great discussion about the benefits of mixed method research. Enjoying all your guest speakers.