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Importance of Wearing Facial Masks to Prevent Nosocomial Transmissions of COVID-19

Shi HJ, Lee JB, Kang HJ, Choi MK, Eom JS

Background: During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals not only deal with COVID-19 but also try to maintain their original functions. Nosocomial transmission of COVID-19 can disrupt such functions by infecting patients...
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Current Strategy and Perspective View for Preventing Clostridioides Difficile Infection in Acute Care Facilities

Kim SH, Wi YM

Clostridium difficile is a spore-forming anaerobic gram-positive bacillus. With increasing antibiotic use, changing patient population, and microbiological characteristics of C. difficile, this pathogen has emerged as one of the most...
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Factors Associated with Intention to Comply with Infection Control Guidelines in Physicians and Nurses: An Analysis Based on the Theory of Planned Behavior

Choi YS, Kim SH, Chang HH

Purpose: This study aimed to identify factors affecting physicians and nurses’ intention to comply with healthcare-associated infection control guidelines, based on the theory of planned behavior. Methods: This study was a...
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Chasing two hares with two hounds: a strategy for maintaining core functions of an acute care hospital amid COVID-19 crisis

Lee WJ

Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis, the core functions of an acute care hospital are to continuously provide essential clinical care services to patients from community at large. The...
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Hand-to-face contact behaviors during indoor activities in daily life among Korean adults: an observational pilot study using videotaping

Oh HS, Ryu M, Yang Y

OBJECTIVES: Hand-to-face contact (HFC) is the major route for the self-inoculation of pathogens. This study aimed to describe the characteristics of HFC behaviors among Korean adults during indoor activities. METHODS: Thirty...
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Environmental Culture of Bacteria at the Intensive Care Unit of a Tertiary Hospital in Korea: A Consideration for Improving Medical Environmental Safety and Healthcare-associated Infection

Shi HJ, Kim JH, Kim NY, Lee JB, Eom JS

Background: Intensive care unit (ICU) infections cause major health and financial problems worldwide. Inanimate surfaces and environmental contamination can play a role in the crossinfection of pathogens and associated patient...
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Factors Influencing Compliance in Intravenous Practice for Infection Prevention among Nurses in Small and Medium Hospitals

Choi SA, Jeong SY

Purpose: This study was done to investigate knowledge of intravenous practice for infection prevention and compliance, empowerment, and organizational culture awareness regarding infection control, and to identify influencing effects regarding...
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Activities of an infection control surveillance-working group for the infection control and prevention of COVID-19

Choi UY, Kwon YM, Choi JH, Lee J

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is unlikely to end soon, and hospitals face a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 and nosocomial infections. Therefore, strengthened infection control and prevention...
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Protection of Healthcare Workers Against COVID-19 at a Large Teaching Hospital in Seoul, Korea

Jeon YW, Park ES, Jung SJ, Kim Y, Choi JY, Kim HC

Thirteen patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) visited a university hospital in Seoul before recognizing their disease infections, causing contact with 184 hospital workers. We classified the patients into four...
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Healthcare-Associated Urinary Tract Infection: Multi Drug Resistance and Risk Factors

Choi JB, Lee SJ

A new category of infections called healthcare-associated (HCA) infections was created due to increased procedures performed in outpatient clinics of hospitals. The risk of HCA infections is on the rise...
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Effects of Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing on the Acquisition of Multidrug-resistant Organisms and Healthcare-associated Infection in an Intensive Care Unit

Lee JY, Jeong JS, Kim MY, Park SH, Hwang YH

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to verify the effects of daily 2% chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing on the acquisition of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) and healthcare-associated infection (HAI) in...
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Predictive Value of Procalcitonin for Infection and Survival in Adult Cardiogenic Shock Patients Treated with Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

Kim DW, Cho HJ, Kim GS, Song SY, Na KJ, Oh SG, Oh BS, Jeong IS

Procalcitonin (PCT) is a predictive marker for the occurrence of bacterial infection and the decision to terminate antibiotic treatment in critically ill patients. An unusual increase in PCT, regardless of...
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Survey of Staphylococcus epidermidis Contamination on the Hands of Dental Hygienists and Equipment Surface of Dental Clinics

Kim SH

The purpose of this study was to investigate Staphylococcus epidermidis contamination on hands of 20 dental hygienists and 140 equipment surface of 20 dental clinics in a local area, from...
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Awareness and Performance on Standard Precautions of Hospital-acquired Infection Control in Nursing Students: The Mediating Effect of Internal Health Locus of Control

Yang SY, Lim HN

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to identify the status of performance on standard precautions among nursing students and to examine the mediating effects of internal health locus of...
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Association of biofilm production with colonization among clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii

Ryu SY, Baek WK, Kim HA

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii is increasingly causing healthcare-associated infections worldwide, particularly in intensive care units. Biofilm formation, a factor contributing to the virulence of A. baumannii, is associated with...
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Prevention and treatment of healthcare-associated infections

Chang MS, Woo JH

Healthcare-associated infections are infections that develop within a hospital and were not present or incubating upon admission. Almost all healthcare-associated infections become evident 2 days after admission. A patient may...
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Hand Hygiene Compliance of Healthcare Workers in a Children's Hospital

Oh HS

PURPOSE: The aim of study was to estimate the hand hygiene (HH) compliance of healthcare workers (HCWs) in a children's hospital. METHODS: This study was conducted in a hospital which is...
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Current Status of Infection Prevention and Control Programs for Emergency Medical Personnel in the Republic of Korea

Oh HS, Uhm DC

OBJECTIVES: Emergency medical personnel (EMPs) are pre-hospital emergency responders who are at risk of exposure to infections and may also serve as a source for the transmission of infections. However,...
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Improving patient safety through prevention of healthcare associated infections

Kim SW

Prevention of healthcare-associated infection (HAI) is an essential part of patient safety. HAIs are associated with significant mortality, morbidity, and increasing healthcare cost. Major HAIs include urinary tract infection, pneumonia,...
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Sterilization effect of atmospheric pressure non-thermal air plasma on dental instruments

Sung SJ, Huh JB, Yun MJ, Chang BM, Jeong CM, Jeon YC

PURPOSE: Autoclaves and UV sterilizers have been commonly used to prevent cross-infections between dental patients and dental instruments or materials contaminated by saliva and blood. To develop a dental sterilizer...
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