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21 June 2016

Dear colleagues,

You may be interested to read some of the posts on antimicrobial stewardship that members of ESCMID’s study group ESGAP blogged live from ASM Microbe, which just came to a close in Boston yesterday.

Best regards, your ESCMID communications editors


ESGAP survey on liability linked to antibiotic prescribing & stewardship

The ESCMID Study Group for Antibiotic Policies (ESGAP) is conducting a survey on the legal responsibility associated with antibiotic prescribing and advising. We encourage all senior infectious disease specialists and clinical microbiologists to take part in this short online survey about legal liability and antibiotic stewardship. The survey is anonymous and only takes 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your support!

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CMI highlight: mobile phones spreading pathogenic viruses in hospitals

Researchers at the Laboratory of Infectious Agents and Hygiene at the University Hospital of Saint-Étienne in France showed that mobile devices are not only contaminated by nosocomial bacteria but also by RNA from epidemic viruses including metapneumovirus, respiratory syncytial virus, influenza viruses, rotavirus (RV) and norovirus. The survey showed that many healthcare professionals did not carry out any hand hygiene procedures even if using a mobile phone while making physical contact with patients. The survey also showed that cordless hospital phones were cleaned and disinfected less frequently in paediatric departments than on adult wards. The researchers conclude that frequent hand hygiene before and after mobile phone use and frequent cleaning of devices should be promoted. Read the press release sent out today or check out the abstract in CMI.

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Chinese University in Hong Kong has opening for PhD training position

The Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Chinese University of Hong Kong offers a fully funded PhD programme for molecular studies in sepsis and autophagy in relation to intensive care medicine. The ideal candidate for the three to four year programme has a bachelor or master degree and a special interest in infectious diseases, epidemiology, public health or microbiology.

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