Special Issue "Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control in the Era of the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.
2. School of Health and Related Research, Section of Public Health, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
Interests: medical statistics; epidemiological methods; healthcare epidemiology; infection control; antimicrobial resistance; surveillance; public health
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Interests: infectious diseases; infection control; clinical microbiology; healthcare-associated infections; antimicrobial resistance; antibiotic stewardship; surveillance; public health
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has had major operational and organizational impacts on healthcare systems globally. Traditional infection prevention resources at the hospital level (both infrastructure and personnel) have been largely diverted to help manage COVID-19 outbreaks at the health system level. Although this shift of resources has understandably taken immediate priority, it may have disrupted or even compromised conventional infection prevention duties (e.g., surveillance), especially in areas of high severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) activity and/or low resource settings. We are beginning to see reports, for example, of high and inappropriate use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, shortages of staff, shortages of personal protective equipment, and overcrowded facilities due to the rapid increase of hospital admissions of COVID-19 patients. Of concern, the pandemic is occurring in parallel with an antimicrobial resistance crisis of alarming pace worldwide. Severe COVID-19, which particularly affects multi-morbid elderly patients, may be an important factor in increasing the spread of multi-drug-resistant bacteria in the hospital setting. On the other hand, infection prevention and control are playing a crucial role in the management of COVID-19, and a unique opportunity is arising to reevaluate and strengthen areas that may have been previously overlooked, as well as implement innovative approaches necessitated by the pandemic.
This Special Issue of Medicina seeks to collate original research papers, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses investigating potential implications or impacts (either negative or positive) of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare epidemiology and infection control, including changes in the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance in hospital settings.
Prof. Evangelos I. Kritsotakis
Prof. Achilleas Gikas
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- infection prevention
- infection control
- antimicrobial resistance
- antimicrobial stewardship
- healthcare epidemiology