The new ICHE is here, the new ICHE is here!!!

Congrats to all of the authors who had articles published in this August's ICHE. Now that ICHE has a massive new impact score, I suspect most of them now feel like Navin when he says, "Page 73 - Johnson, Navin R.!  - I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book everyday! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity - your name in print - that makes people. I'm in print! Things are going to start happening to me now."  Well, I hope all the things that happen to these fine authors are a little more positive.


Page 737, Boyce, John M et al. looked at the impact of an automated mobile UV-C light unit on environmental contamination in 25 rooms after patient discharge. They report the unit significantly reduced aerobic colony counts and C. difficile spores.

Page 743, Rutala, William A et al. wrote an accompanying editorial that concluded that "there is now ample evidence that no-touch systems such as UV-C light or hydrogen peroxide can reduce environmental contamination...(however) only a single study using a before-after design has been published that demonstrated that such a system can reduce healthcare-associated infections." There we go again, hospital infection prevention: the queen (or king) of intermediate outcomes. Would be pretty cool if there were more independent (federal or foundation) resources to study HAI prevention interventions, such as these.

Page 791, Gupta, Kalpana et al. report the results of a cohort of all patients at the VA Boston Health Care System that had clean or clean-contaminated in 2008-2009 and a nasal MRSA PCR test less than 31 days prior to surgery. 6.6% of the patients were MRSA+ and were at significantly higher risk for postoperative MRSA infections (RR, 8.46; 95% CI, 1.70–42.04). Interestingly, vancomycin prophylaxis was associated with higher SSI risk in those negative for nasal MRSA (RR, 4.34; 95% CI, 2.19–8.57) but not in MRSA+ patients.

Page 818, Tohme, Rania A et al. reviewed hepatitis B vaccination rates and immunity among healthcare students during a 10-year period at Emory University. They report that among 4,075 students, only 60% had documented vaccination and 84% had anti-HBs concentration greater than or equal to 10 mIU/mL. It is interesting that despite CDC and ACIP (1995) recommendations of routine vaccination of children aged 11-12 years, and for all less than 18yo in 1999, the majority of students were only recently vaccinated.

If I left you off this list, sorry! You are still awesome!


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