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Evaluation of Xpert Carba-R Assay v.2 to Detect Carbapenemase Genes in Two Hospitals in Korea

Byun JH, Kim YA, Kim M, Kim B, Choi JY, Park YS, Yong D

BACKGROUND: As the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae poses a critical threat to public health, rapid detection of carbapenemase genes is urgently required for prompt initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy and...
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Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Tasaka S

In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a wellk-nown opportunistic infection and its management has been established. However, PCP is an emerging threat to immunocompromised patients...
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Season and Temperature Effects on Bloodstream Infection Incidence in a Korean Tertiary Referral Hospital

Sohn YS, Byun JH, Kim YA, Shin DC, Lee K

BACKGROUND: The weather has well-documented effects on infectious disease and reports suggest that summer peaks in the incidences of gram-negative bacterial infections among hospitalized patients. We evaluated how season and...
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Frequency of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Among M. tuberculosis Complex Strains Isolated from Clinical Specimen

Cho H, Kim JB, Uh Y

BACKGROUND: Rapid and accurate detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is of primary importance for infection control and selection of anti-tuberculosis drugs. However, most clinical laboratories report MTB complex (MTC) without...
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First Pediatric Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Korea

Park JY, Han MS, Park KU, Kim JY, Choi EH

The large outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China has now spread to many countries worldwide. Current epidemiologic knowledge suggests that relatively few cases are seen...
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Estimation of the Number of HIV Infections and Time to Diagnosis in the Korea

Lee E, Kim J, Lee JY, Bang JH

BACKGROUND: Statistical data of undiagnosed people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) are of great importance to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection control. This study estimated the total number of...
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Factors Influencing the Infection Control Performance of Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection of Nurses in Hospitals

Choi EY, Song MS

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine nurses' knowledge, health beliefs, and performance regarding the infection control of catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) and to identify factors affecting...
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The Clinical Investigation of Necrotizing Fasciitis in Burn Center

Kim E, Chun JW, Kim YM, Yoon JC, Lim HJ, Cho YS, Kim D, Hur J, Chun W

PURPOSE: The necrotizing fasciitis is a terrifying infectious disease that can rapidly spreads to surrounding tissues when fascia is infected and it can cause sepsis to death if not properly...
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Trends of Mortality, Time, and Causes of Death in Preterm Infants

Jeon GW

OBJECTIVE: Although survival rate of preterm infants in Korea has increased in the past several decades, it seems to be stable recently. The objective of this study is to evaluate...
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Role of Laboratory Medicine Doctors and the Rising Importance on the Infection Control of Medical Facilities

Park JH, Kim MN, Lee H, Kim NH, Shin S

BACKGROUND: Public concern for healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) has been rising since the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Korea in 2015. HAI control has been an essential...
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Colonization Prevalence and Risk Factor Analysis of Carbapenem-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in an Intensive Care Unit without Outbreaks

Kim YA, Park YS, Lee SS, Son YJ, Yeon JH, Seo YH, Lee K

BACKGROUND: Acinetobacter baumannii is a well-known etiologic agent of a variety of nosocomial infections; the resistance rate to imipenem is surprisingly high in Korea. The colonization of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii...
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Development and Evaluation of an Infection Control Education Program for Postpartum Care Workers

Kim SR, Kim SH, Son HJ, Cho NH, Cha KS, Chun HK, Choi JR, Hong HK

BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to investigate the educational needs of employees in charge of practical services at postpartum care centers and to test the improvement of infection control-related knowledge...
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Perspective of Nationwide Surveillance System for Surgical Site Infections

Kim YK

As a result of the Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control (SENIC) project, many countries have established nationwide surveillance systems for nosocomial infections, including surgical site infections (SSIs)....
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Antimicrobial Resistance in Bacterial Isolates Recovered from Nursing Hospitals between 2014 and 2017

Yun SH, Gwon B, Hong HL, Lim HS, Lee KR, Jang I, Yoon EJ, Jeong SH

BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is an issue not only with regard to public health, but also in terms of economic impact. AMR surveillance has mainly been carried out in general...
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Analysis of Prevalence and Risk Factors for Latent Tuberculosis Infection among Healthcare Workers

Lee JB, Choi JS

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to provide basic data on the infection prevention management program, which is one of the infectious disease control program by identifying the prevalence...
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Awareness and Competency of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms Infection Control in Nursing Students with Clinical Practice

Ryu D, Ryu E

PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to identify awareness and competency for Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms (MDRO) infection control in nursing students with experience of clinical practice. METHODS: This cross-sectional descriptive...
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A Case of Parotid Abscess and Chest Wall Inflammation Induced by Giant Warthin's Tumor

Lim SH, Koo BM, Baeg MS, Kim SW

Warthin's tumor (WT) is second most common neoplasm in the parotid gland and it can be accompanied by inflammation and necrosis. The chest wall inflammation may present a rapid and...
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Factors Influencing the Occurrence of Diarrhea in Patients Admitted to Intensive Care Units

Lee H, Song R

PURPOSE: This study was done to examine incidence of diarrhea and explore factors influencing occurrence of diarrhea in patients admitted to intensive care units (ICU). METHODS: For this retrospective research, data...
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The Meanings of Hands among Clinical Nurses in a Tertiary Hospital

Yoo HJ, Suh EE, Shin YH, Choi JS, Park KH, Kim JY, Kim H, Kang J

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the meanings of hands among clinical nurses. METHODS: A descriptive qualitative study design was used. Participants were 1,048 nurses working...
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Updates on the Disinfection and Infection Control Process of the Accredited Endoscopy Unit

Shin JE, Jung Y, Lee JH, Son BK, Jang JY, Kim HK, Jang BI, The Quality Management Committee and the Disinfection Management Committee of Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

A thorough disinfection and infection control process associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy is highly important for the health and safety of the examinee and the medical staff involved in the procedure....
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