Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, Herzig CTA, Larson EL, Furuya EY, Perencevich EN, Stone PW. (2015). Implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Policies in U.S. Hospitals: Findings from a National Survey. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 36(3):261-4.
This study aimed to describe the use of antimicrobial stewardship policies and to investigate factors associated with implementation in a national sample of acute care hospitals. The majority of hospitals reported the presence of a policy; use of antibiograms and antimicrobial restriction policies were most frequently utilized. This study provided a snapshot of the implementation of antimicrobial stewardship policies in place in U.S. hospitals and suggested that statewide efforts in California are achieving their intended effect. (PDF)
Pogorzelska M, Furuya EY, Larson EL. (2013). Risk factors for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia differ depending on the control group chosen. Epidemiol Infect, 141:2376-2383.
This study showed wide variation in MDRO control and prevention policies in place in U.S. hospitals and identified several important predictors of lower rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus including the presence of an infection control director certified in infection control. (PDF)
Pogorzelska-Maziarz M, Nembhard IM, Schnall R, Nelson SG, Stone PW. (2015). Psychometric Evaluation of an Organizational Climate Instrument in a National Sample of Infection Preventionists. Am J Med Qual. Advance online publication. pii: 1062860615587322.
This study tested the psychometric properties of the Leading a Culture of Quality for Infection Prevention (LCQ-IP) instrument measuring the infection prevention climate in a sample of 972 infection preventionists from acute care hospitals. An exploratory principal component analysis showed that the instrument had structural validity and captured 4 factors related to the climate for infection prevention. This psychometrically sound instrument may be helpful to researchers and providers in assessing climate for quality related to infection prevention. (PDF)