POTENTIAL BENEFIT FROM THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE KAISER PERMANENTE NEONATAL EARLY-ONSET SEPSIS CALCULATOR ON CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF NEONATES WITH PRESUMED SEPSIS

Kopsidas I, Molocha NM, Kourkouni E, Coffin S, Gkentzi D, Chorianopoulou E, Dimitriou G, Kapetanaki A, Karavana G, Lithoxopoulou M, Polychronaki M, Roilides E, Triantafyllidou P, Triantafyllou C, Tsopela GC, Tsouvala E, Tsolia MN, Zaoutis T, Spyridis N; PHiG Investigators: Vassiliki Papaevangelou, Asimina Tsintoni, Vasiliki Soubasi-Griva, Marianna Skordala-Riti, Maria Theodoraki.

Eur J Pediatr., 2021 Oct, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00431-021-04282-x

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Aim: To assess the potential benefit from the implementation of the Kaiser Permanente early-onset sepsis calculator (EOS-C), in terms of antibiotic use and requested laboratory tests, in a network of neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Greece, and to determine the incidence of early-onset sepsis (EOS) in Greek NICUs, a prospective surveillance study was conducted in 7 NICUs between April 2018 and June 2019.
Methods: Data were collected for all newborns ≥ 34 weeks’ gestation receiving empiric antibiotic therapy within the first 3 days of life. The number of live births and positive blood or cerebrospinal fluid cultures within the first 3 days of life were used for calculation of EOS incidence. Evaluation of possible impact of implementing the calculator was done by comparing the clinicians’ recorded management to the calculator’s suggested course of action.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACT ON SEASONAL FLU VACCINATION: A CROSS-SECTIONAL STUDY

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

Pneumon, 2021 Jun, DOI: https://doi.org/10.18332/pne/136173

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Objectives: To assess the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the seasonal influenza vaccination attitudes in Greece and to identify factors associated with a positive change in participant’s choice to vaccinate against flu.
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 proportionate stratified by region systematic sampling procedure was used to ensure a nationally representative sample of the urban/rural population. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire consisting of four parts:1) demographics;2) knowledge about COVID-19;3) attitudes toward COVID-19; and 4) practices to control COVID-19 and vaccination against flu.

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Reducing Duration of Antibiotic Use for Presumed Neonatal Early-Onset Sepsis in Greek NICUs. A “Low-Hanging Fruit” Approach

Ioannis Kopsidas, Grammatiki-Christina Tsopela, Nafsika-Maria Molocha, Eleni Bouza,Elisavet Chorafa, Evangelia Chorianopoulou, Vasileios Giapros, Despoina Gkentzi, Theodoros Gkouvas, Anastasia Kapetanaki, Korina Karachristou, Georgia Karavana, Eleni Kourkouni, Georgia Kourlaba, Maria Lithoxopoulou, Vassiliki Papaevangelou, Maria Polychronaki, Emmanuel Roilides, Tania Siahanidou, Evangelia Stratiki, George A. Syrogiannopoulos, Christos Triantafyllou, Maria N. Tsolia, Emmanouela Tsouvala, Theoklis Zaoutis, Nikos Spyridis and Preventing Hospital-Acquired Infections in Greece (PHiG) Investigators

Antibiotics, 2021 Mar;Online. DOI:https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics10030275

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Antibiotics are commonly prescribed in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), where stewardship interventions are challenging. Lowering antibiotic consumption is desperately needed in Greece, a country with high antibiotic resistance rates. We sought to assess the effectiveness of a low-cost and -resource intervention to reduce antibiotic use in Greek NICUs implementing a “low-hanging fruit” approach. A prospective quasi-experimental study was conducted in 15/17 public NICUs in Greece (9/2016–06/2019).

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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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Willingness of Greek general population to get a COVID-19 vaccine

Kourlaba G, Kourkouni E, Maistreli S, Tsopela CG, Molocha NM, Triantafyllou C, Koniordou M, Kopsidas I, Chorianopoulou E, Maroudi-Manta S, Filippou D, Zaoutis TE.

Glob Health Res Policy, 2021 Jan 29;6(1):3. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1186/s41256-021-00188-1

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Background: Epidemiological data indicate that a large part of population needs to be vaccinated to achieve herd immunity. Hence, it is of high importance for public health officials to know whether people are going to get vaccinated for COVID-19. The objective of the present study was to examine the willingness of adult residents in Greece to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

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