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Institute for Life Sciences

Institute for Life Sciences Seminar: Biofilms Event

Prof Michael Schmidt
5 September 2013
Room 1077 (Lecture Theatre A) Building 6 Highfield Campus

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Event details

Bacteria, Burden and Bundles: How copper surfaces continuously enhance patient safety


In the United States, the implementation of Medicare’s Never Events policy and the passage of the Affordable Care Act have heightened the importance of practices that increase patient safety. Bacteria resident within the built environment can be quickly transferred to patients and healthcare workers resulting in colonization or the subsequent development of nosocomial infections. With increasing frequency the use of bundled interventions have been found to be effective for the control of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP) in hospital. However, lower CLABSIs infections rates were only seen when compliance with the bundle was high. Evidence continues to mount demonstrating the effectiveness of copper surfaces to continuously limit the concentration the bacteria responsible for these infections within the built environment. Recently we have shown that risk mitigation of the environmental burden resulted in a concomitant mitigation of the Health Care Associated Infection (HCAI) rates for patients treated in rooms with a limited number of strategically placed antimicrobial copper touch surfaces. 
Building upon the observation that copper and its alloys can mitigate the HCAI rate through a reduction in microbial burden the complexities of appropriately applying antimicrobial copper touch surfaces within the healthcare environment will facilitate a discussion of how controlling the concentration of bacteria within the built environment can augment current efforts with bundled interventions to enhance patient safety. The resulting insights provided should facilitate an understanding and importance of the need to use a comprehensive or systems based approach to fight healthcare associated infections.

** Refreshments will be served after the seminar in Building 6, Room 1081 **

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Professor Michael Schmidt,Professor and Vice Chairman of Microbiology and Immunology, and Director, Office of Special Programs at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC),He joined MUSC in April of 1989 after an NCI post-doctoral training fellowship at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduate training at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is presently a regular contributor to the popular podcast, This Week in Microbiology (TWiM) hosted by Dr. Vincent Racaniello of Columbia University. His research interests are many but most recently has focused on control of healthcare-associated infections. Over his career much of his work has focused on translating the microbiological results obtained in his laboratory into practical solutions through his many interdisciplinary collaborations.

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