Knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding COVID-19 among the Greek general population

Georgia Kourlaba, Christos Triantafyllou, Eleni Kourkouni, Nafsika-Maria Molocha, Evangelia Chorianopoulou, Markela Koniordou, Ioannis Kopsidas, Stefania Maistreli, Christina - Grammatiki Tsopela, Stefania Maroudi-Manta, Dimitrios Filippou, Theoklis E. Zaoutis.

Pneumon, 2020 Dec;Online. DOI:http://www.pneumon.org/online-first/newsid789/820

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Introduction: Countries worldwide have adopted unprecedented infection control and prevention measures to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The success of these measures depends on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of the general population toward COVID-19.The objective of this study was to measure the KAP of adult Greek residents toward COVID-19.

Methods: A cross-sectional nationwide survey (n=1,004) was conducted during between April 28,2020 to May 03,2020 using a mixed methodology for data collection: Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) and Computer Assisted web Interviewing (CAWI). A systematic sampling procedure (stratified by region) was used to ensure a nationally representative sample of the urban/rural population. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire.

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Perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis in adult patients: The first multicenter clinical practice audit with intervention in Greek surgical departments

Elisavet Chorafa, Elias Iosifidis, Sotirios Tsiodras, Athanasios Skoutelis, Eleni Kourkouni, Ioannis Kopsidas, Grammatiki-Christina Tsopela, Evangelia Chorianopoulou, Christos Triantafyllou, Georgia Kourlaba, Theoklis Zaoutis, Emmanuel Roilides, and the Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections in Greece (PHiG) investigators

Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 2020 Nov;Online. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2020.1276

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Objective: To audit clinical practice and implement an intervention to promote appropriate use of perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis (PAP).

Methods: This was a prospective multicenter before-and-after study, conducted in 7 surgical departments of 3 major Greek hospitalsActive PAP surveillance in adults undergoing elective surgical procedures was performed before and after implementation of a multimodal intervention. The surveillance monitored use of appropriate antimicrobial agent according to international and local guidelines, appropriate timing and duration of PAP, overall compliance with all 3 parameters and the occurrence of surgical site infections (SSIs). The intervention included education, audit, and feedback.

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Prevalence, incidence, length of stay and cost of healthcare-acquired pressure ulcers in pediatric populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Christos Triantafyllou, Evangelia Chorianopoulou, Eleni Kourkouni, Theoklis E. Zaoutis, Georgia Kourlaba

International Journal of Nursing Studies, 2020 Dec;Online. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2020.103843

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Objective: To systematically review the available evidence regarding the incidence, prevalence, attributable length of stay and cost of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers in pediatric populations.

Methods:A systematic search (March 15, 2020) was conducted in PubMed, Scopus, and ProQuest databases. Cross-sectional and cohort studies of neonates and children aged <21 years old were eligible for inclusion when full text was available in English and data for at least one of the following criteria was provided: incidence, prevalence, attributable length of stay or healthcare cost due to hospital-acquired pressure ulcers.

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A Survey on National Pediatric Antibiotic Stewardship Programs, Networks and Guidelines in 23 European Countries

Ioannis Kopsidas, Stefania Vergnano, Nikos Spyridis, Theoklis Zaoutis, Sanjay Patel

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 2020 Jul;Online. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1097/inf.0000000000002835

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Background:Misuse, overuse of antimicrobials and increasing rates of antimicrobial resistance are well-recognized problems throughout Europe. The aim of this survey was to describe the current pediatric antibiotic stewardship (PAS) landscape across Europe and identify gaps, in terms of national programs, networks and guidelines.

Methods: A survey of 17 questions was circulated in July 2019 among 24 European pediatric infectious disease researchers and clinicians, professors and heads of department on the existence of PAS programs, national networks and meetings, established competencies, metrics and guidelines.

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Increasing healthcare workers’ uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in a tertiary-care pediatric hospital in Greece with a low-cost, tailor-made, multifaceted strategy

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

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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.

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