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Highlighted Publications

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)

Recent Publications

Infection Trends in US Nursing Homes, 2006-2013

Infection prevention outside of the acute care setting: Results from the MegaSurvey of infection preventionists

Impact of State Reporting Laws on Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infection Rates in U.S. Adult Intensive Care Units

Journal club: Commentary on “Inappropriate urinary catheter reinsertion in hospitalized older patients”

State health department requirements for reporting of antibiotic-resistant infections by providers, United States, 2013 and 2015

Journal Club: Antibiotic information application offers nurses quick support

Psychometric Evaluation of an Instrument for Measuring Organizational Climate for Quality: Evidence From a National Sample of Infection Preventionists

Factors associated with resident influenza vaccination in a national sample of nursing homes

Reply to Dikon in response to “A response to the relationship between different types of sharps containers and Clostridium difficile infection rates in acute care hospitals”

Infection surveillance systems in primary health care: A literature review

Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Reduction and Bundle Compliance in Intensive Care Units: A National Study

The Use and effectiveness of bundles for prevention of central line-associated bloodstream infections in neonates: A review of the literature

Infection Prevention and Control Programs in US Nursing Homes: Results of a National Survey

Relationship between sharps disposal containers and Clostridium difficile infections in acute care hospitals

Central line-associated blood stream infections in pediatric intensive care units: Longitudinal trends and compliance with bundle strategies

Confirmation of the validity of the relational coordination survey as a measure of the work environment in a national sample of infection preventionists

State-Mandated Reporting of Health Care–Associated Infections in the United States: Trends Over Time

Implementation of antimicrobial stewardship policies in U.S. hospitals: Findings from a national survey

State law mandates for reporting of healthcare-associated clostridium difficile infections in hospitals

A decade of investment in infection prevention: A cost-effectiveness analysis