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ESCMID Study Group for Infections in the Elderly - ESGIE

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ESCMID researchers conducted a survey – supported by ESGIE, the antibiotic policies group (ESGAP) and the nosocomial infections group (ESGNI) – to assess the current status of infectious diseases (ID), clinical microbiology (CM) and infection control (IC) staffing in hospitals. They found that currently no standard of physician staffing for ID/CM/IC in hospitals is available. More than half of respondents estimated that additional staffing is needed for appropriate IC or ID management.

The researchers conclude that a ratio of 1.21/100 beds will serve as an informed point of reference enabling antibiotic stewardship programmes and infection surveillance.

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2016 Jun 29. pii: S1198-743X(16)30214-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cmi.2016.06.014.

Infectious diseases - clinical microbiology - infection control staffing survey in hospitals

In an attempt to define standard personnel to hospital bed ratio we designed the current survey. Hospitals will be de-identified for the analysis and reporting.

Thank you for having taken part in this survey. We are currently analyzing the accumulated data to be published soon.

Bojana Beovic, Barry Cookson, Markus Hell, Leonard Leibovici, Dilip Nathwani,  Ran Nir-Paz, Mical Paul, Celine Pulcini, Evelina Tacconelli

On behalf of ESGAP, the elderly infections group (ESGIE), the nosocomial infections group (ESGNI) and the ESCMID Professional Affairs Subcommittee (PAS)

New ESCMID Study Group

ESGIE is a newly formed ESCMID Study Group, which has started its activities in the field of infections in the elderly. The constitutional meeting will be held at ECCMID 2012 in London, UK, Sunday, 1 April, 10.00-12.00, Meeting Room 10. 

Objectives of ESGIE


Planned Activities

  • Organise an educational workshop on infections in the elderly at ECCMID
  • Organise a free-standing (not linked to ECCMID) educational activity (postgraduate education course or technical workshop) to be held in 2013
  • Perform a collaborative research project on the epidemiology of infections in the elderly
  • Promote the development of a consensus document or clinical guidelines on the management of bacterial and viral infections in the elderly

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