Special Issue "Healthcare Infections and Prevention "
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
2. Galliera Hospitals Via Mura delle Cappuccine 14 - 16128 Genova, Italy
Interests: public health; healthcare infections; environment; environmental monitoring; healthcare environment
Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a global concern impairing the clinical outcome of up to 15% of all hospitalized patients in the world and are an important cause of increased morbidity, mortality, and cost in health care. In Europe, about 3.2 million patients acquire a HAI every year, and 37,000 die .
Despite the political prioritization of antimicrobial resistance as a threat to public health and the availability of evidence-based guidance for antimicrobial stewardship, high levels of resistance remain for several bacterial species–antimicrobial group combinations. Intercountry variations also indicate that there is scope for significant reductions in antimicrobial resistance in many countries through the strengthening of current best practice.
HAIs can be largely prevented using effective infection prevention and control practices.
Many infection prevention and control measures, such as appropriate hand hygiene and the correct application of basic precautions during invasive procedures, are simple and low-cost, but they are in sufficient to avoid hospital infections.
New technologies (“touchless” technologies, antimicrobial coatings, etc.) for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections are increasingly being developed and marketed to healthcare centers worldwide.
While there is substantial promise in simulated test environments, decreasing infections in the clinical setting have not been well established, so new studies are needed. Other issues are that it is unclear what might influence the bioburden levels of hospital surfaces, and it is unclear how an increased total bioburden might relate to the presence of specific healthcare pathogens on surfaces.
This Special Issue seeks research papers on surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections and outbreaks, antimicrobial stewardship, surgical site infections and preventions, the prevention of healthcare waterborne infections, hospital environment cleaning and disinfection, and new strategies.
We welcome original research papers as well as systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Prof. Maria Luisa CRISTINA
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- healthcare-associated infections (HAIs)
- infection control and prevention
- multi-drug resistance (MDR)
- outbreak control
- antimicrobial stewardship
- hospital environmental cleaning and disinfection
- prevention of healthcare waterborne infections