Special Issue "Fight against Hospital Infection: What We Have Learned from the Lesson of COVID-19"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease Epidemiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Rosalia Ragusa
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Guest Editor
Health Direction of Policlinic Hospital, 95100 Catania, Italy
Interests: infectious disease and nosocomial infections; involvement of nurses and health workers in the fight against hospital infections; hematology and oncology in children; hospital management; epidemiology and public health; quality of life
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Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Lupo
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Co-Guest Editor
Medical Statistics, Università degli Studi di Catania, Scuola di Medicina, 87 95123 Catania, Italy
Interests: epidemiology; preventive medicine; healthcare

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce the launch of a new Special Issue on “Fight against Hospital Infection: What We Have Learned from the Lessons of COVID-19”.

Healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) are the most frequent and serious complication of healthcare, associated with high mortality and morbidity. HAIs are frequently due to the introduction of new health technologies, which, although guarantee the survival of patients at high risk of death  often allow contamination of organs which are normally sterile. Another crucial element to consider is the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, given the widespread use of these drugs for prophylactic or therapeutic purposes. About 80% of all hospital infections concern four main sites: urinary tract, surgical wounds, respiratory tract, systemic infections (sepsis, bacterial infections). The most frequently occurring HAIs have been so far urinary infections, but it would be interesting to evaluate if during the 2020 COVID year, the incidence of pneumonia infections has changed.

In recent years, but especially in the last year, healthcare has undergone deep changes. COVID-19 was an example of a community infection that quickly turned into the healthcare environment. The high infectivity has caused hundreds of deaths among health workers and even more deaths in nursing homes. The pandemic has tremendously enhanced the use of hydroalcoholic gel and the frequency of handwashing procedures. The possibility of preventing HAIs is strongly related to the correct use of hygienic and sanitary procedures, correct use of gloves, hand hygiene, mask use and social distance.

We are specifically inviting papers outlining studies and research in the field of innovative devices (both personal protection devices and environmental decontamination devices) or procedures introduced in the COVID-19 era and which subsequently entered the daily routine hospital activities and will from now on remain in the procedures for defending against communicable diseases in the hospital.

Dr. Rosalia Ragusa
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Lupo
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Hospital’s infection risk
  • health care quality assessment
  • new device against hospital infection dissemination
  • decontamination
  • environment disinfection
  • Protective equipment
  • infection control
  • control the spread of infection
  • Hospital hygiene measures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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