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 the University of Newcastle Australia), Associate Professor Deborah Friedman (Barwon Health), Martin Kiernan (University of West London and University of Newcastle) and Associate 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
Monoclonal antibodies and future IPC priorities - a chat with Jon Otter
In this week's episode, Martin Kiernan talks to Dr Jon Otter of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust in the UK about a couple of Jon's recent blog postings on the popular "Reflections" blog (https://reflectionsipc.com/). We first discuss a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine that reported on a study that examined the use of monoclonal antibodies in preventing infection in unvaccinated household contacts of COVID that can be found here https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa2109682.
Then we go on to discuss Jon's recent presentation on future priorities for iPC in healthcare, the slides for which are available here (https://jonotter.files.wordpress.com/2021/10/211014-the-future-of-healthcare-and-ipc.pptx).
Transmission of Norovirus to other room occupants with Dr Carl-Johan Frankel
In this episode, Prof Brett Mitchell talks to Dr Carl-Johan Frankel from the Department of Infection Control, Lund University, Sweden about his recent paper examining the risk of transmission of Norovirus to roomates. Does norovirus transmit readily to other occupants? The findings may well surprise you! The paper is here: https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(21)00313-3/fulltext
Other papers referred to:
Risk of transmission to subsequent room occupants: https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(15)00312-6/fulltext
Prolonged environmental survival of small round structured viruses: https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(97)90230-9/pdf
Surgical Site Infection Surveillance - Who cares? With Dr Jon Otter at the IPS Conference
In another special edition from the 2021 IPS conference in Liverpool UK, Martin Kiernan talks to Dr Jon Otter, who presented a paper on improving and broadening surgical site infection surveillance.
Are guidelines letting us down? With Evonne Curran and Brett Mitchell from the IPS Conference 2021
In this episode from the IPS conference, Prof Brett Mitchell is joined by Dr Evonne Curran who has worked in the field of infection prevention and control for a number of years, was a Nurse Consultant with Health Protection Scotland and is now an independent consultant. Together they discuss the relevance of guidelines to clinical practice and whether the development process is really producing guidance that is useful in the field of nfection prevention. In this podcast these papers are referred to:
Smith GC, Pell JP Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ 2003; 327: 1459-61. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC300808/pdf/32701459.pdf
Yeh RW, Valsdottir LR, Yeh MW et al. Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma when jumping from aircraft: randomized controlled trial. BMJ 2018; 363: k5094. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/30545967/
Greenhalgh T Will COVID-19 be evidence-based medicine's nemesis? PLoS Med 2020; 17: e1003266. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7326185/pdf/pmed.1003266.pdf
Year in Infection Control - papers selected by Prof Andreas Voss at ICPIC 2021
In this final episode at ICPIC 2021 (Geneva), Martin Kiernan talks to Professor Andreas Voss from the Radboud University Medical Centre (Radboudumc) and Canisus-Wilhelmina Ziekenhuis in the Netherlands. Andreas is always a sought after speaker for his engaging style whilst getting to the heart of the matter. To get the most from this podcast, you might need to look at the papers we mention below.
Benowitz I, Moulton-Meissner HA, Epstein L, Arduino MJ. Gastrointestinal Flexible Endoscopes: Infection Control Risks, Lessons Learned from Outbreaks, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America. 2020;30(4):723-33 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1052515720300702?via%3Dihub
De Geyter D, Blommaert L, Verbraeken N, Sevenois M, Huyghens L, Martini H, et al. The sink as a potential source of transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in the intensive care unit. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2017;6:24. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/34111433
Decreased other infections (STD and Norovirus)
Nelson B. The positive effects of covid-19. BMJ. 2020;369:m1785. http://www.bmj.com/content/369/bmj.m1785.abstract
Bruggink LD, Garcia-Clapes A, Tran T, Druce JD, Thorley BR. Decreased incidence of enterovirus and norovirus infections during the COVID-19 pandemic, Victoria, Australia, 2020. Commun Dis Intell (2018). 2021 Jan 29;45. doi: 10.33321/cdi.2021.45.5. PMID: 33573536.
Impact on ocular health
Bahkir, Fayiqa Ahamed; Grandee, Srinivasan Subramanian Impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on digital device-related ocular health, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology: November 2020 - Volume 68 - Issue 11 - p 2378-2383 doi: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_2306_20
Edner A, Lindstrom-Nilsson M, Melhus A. Low risk of transmission of pathogenic bacteria between children and the assistance dog during animal-assisted therapy if strict rules are followed. J Hosp Infect. 2021;115:5-9.
Lace up masks
Wang X, Lin F, Wang Z, Hu J, Li X, Zhu B, et al. The defects of lace-up surgical masks and related solutions in operating rooms. J Hosp Infect. 2021;115:64-70. https://www.journalofhospitalinfection.com/article/S0195-6701(21)00237-1/fulltext#relatedArticles
Migrane and mask wearing
Bharatendu C, Ong JJY, Goh Y, Tan BYQ, Chan ACY, Tang JZY, et al. Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) restores the N95 face mask induced cerebral hemodynamic alterations among Healthcare Workers during COVID-19 Outbreak. J Neurol Sci. 2020;417:117078.
A nose for pneumonia
Chen, C.-Y., Lin, W.-C. & Yang, H.-Y. Diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia using electronic nose sensor array signals: solutions to improve the application of machine learning in respiratory research. Respir Res 2020;21:45 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12931-020-1285-6
Social media for epidemiologists
Hammer CC, Boender TS, Thomas DR. Social media for field epidemiologists (#SoMe4epi): How to use Twitter during the #COVID19 pandemic. Int J Infect Dis. 2021.
Use of Emoji in communication
Lotfinejad, N., Assadi, R., Aelami, M. H. & Pittet, D. Emojis in public health and how they might be used for hand hygiene and infection prevention and control. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control 2020;9:27. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-020-0692-2
On Call IPC Services
Humphreys H. Infection prevention and control advice out-of-hours. J Hosp Infect. 2020;105(4):795-6.
Sklansky M, Nadkarni N, Ramirez-Avila L. Banning the handshake from the health care setting. JAMA. 2014;311(24):2477-8.
Time to clean: Calculating the staffing requirement with An Caluwaerts
In this podcast, the process of calculating the number of staff (and hours) needed to clean a standard hospital ward is discussed. Based on a poster from the ICPIC conference.
May 19 podcast
Great discussion about the benefits of mixed method research. Enjoying all your guest speakers.