Ioannis Kopsidas, Grammatiki-Christina Tsopela, Stefania Maroudi-Manta, Eleni Kourkouni, Dimitrios Charalampopoulos, Alexandra Sirogianni, Madeline E. Collins, Athanasia Lourida, Georgia Kourlaba, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, Susan E. Coffin
Vaccine, 2020 Jun;38(29):4609-4615. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2020.05.021
Background: Healthcare workers’ (HCW) seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is critical to prevent nosocomial influenza. However, HCW vaccination rates remain unacceptably low in many European institutions. A two-year three-step initiative was implemented at a tertiary-care pediatric hospital with 750 beds in Athens, Greece with the aim of increasing SIV among HCW.
Sofia Karagiannidou, Christos Triantafyllou, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, Vassiliki Papaevangelou, Nikolaos Maniadakis, Georgia Kourlaba
Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2020 Mar;Online. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2019.353
Objective: To estimate the attributable mortality, length of stay (LOS), and healthcare cost of pediatric and neonatal healthcare-acquired bloodstream infections (HA-BSIs).
Methods: A systematic search (January 2000–September 2018) was conducted in PubMed, Cochrane, and CINAHL databases. Reference lists of selected articles were screened to identify additional studies. Case–control or cohort studies were eligible for inclusion when full text was available in English and data for at least 1 of the following criteria were provided: attributable or excess LOS, healthcare cost, or mortality rate due to HA-BSI. Study quality was evaluated using the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme Tool (CASP). Study selection and quality assessment were conducted by 2 independent researchers, and a third researcher was consulted to resolve any disagreements. Fixed- or random-effect models, as appropriate, were used to synthesize data. Heterogeneity and publication bias were evaluated.
Vasiliki Triantafillou, Ioannis Kopsidas, Areti Kyriakousi, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, Julia E. Szymczak
Journal of Hospital Infection, 2020 Apr;104(4):552-559. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.11.020
Background: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) result in increased morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs. Rates of HAIs in Greek NICUs are among the highest in Europe. There is a need to identify the factors that influence the transmission of HAIs and implementation of prevention interventions in this setting.
Aim:To understand healthcare workers’ perceptions about HAI prevention in Greek NICUs.
Sofia Karagiannidou, Theoklis Zaoutis, Nikolaos Maniadakis, Vassiliki Papaevangelou, Georgia Kourlaba
Journal of Infection and Public Health, 2019 May-June;12(3):372-79. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jiph.2018.12.004
Background and objective: Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are the most frequent pediatric hospital-acquired infections and are associated with significant morbidity and healthcare costs. The aim of our study was to determine the attributable length of stay (LOS) and cost for CLABSIs in pediatric patients in Greece, for which there is currently a paucity of data.
Kourkouni E, Kourlaba G, Chorianopoulou E, Tsopela GC, Kopsidas I, Spyridaki I, Tsiodras S, Roilides E, Coffin S, Zaoutis TE; PHIG investigators.
Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, 2018 Oct;39(10):1210-1215. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2018.187
Background: Active daily surveillance of central-line days (CLDs) in the assessment of rates of central-line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) is time-consuming and burdensome for healthcare workers. Sampling of denominator data is a method that could reduce the time necessary to conduct active surveillance.