Risk of organism acquisition from prior room occupants : A systematic review and meta-analysis

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Mitchell, B. G., Dancer, S. J., Anderson, M. and Dehn, E.. (2015). Risk of organism acquisition from prior room occupants : A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Hospital Infection (print). 91(3), pp. 211 - 217. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.08.005
AuthorsMitchell, B. G., Dancer, S. J., Anderson, M. and Dehn, E.

A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted to determine the risk of pathogen acquisition for patients associated with prior room occupancy. The analysis was also broadened to examine any differences in acquisition risk between Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. A search using Medline/PubMed, Cochrane and CINHAL yielded 2577 citations between 1984 and 2014. Reviews were assessed in accordance with the international prospective register of systematic reviews (PROSPERO). Just seven articles met the inclusion criteria, namely: (a) papers were peer reviewed, (b) pathogen acquisition prevalence rates were reported, (c) articles were written in English; and (d) had minimal or no risk of bias based on the Newcastle–Ottawa Scale (NOS). One study was an extension of a previous study and was discarded. Employing NOS provided little difference between the studies, with five studies receiving eight-star and two studies receiving seven-star ratings, respectively. Overall, pooled acquisition odds ratio for study pathogens (meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; vancomycin-resistant enterococcus; Clostridium difficile; acinetobacter; extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing coliforms; pseudomonas) was 2.14 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.65–2.77]. When comparing data between Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms, the pooled acquisition odds ratio for Gram-negatives was 2.65 (95% CI: 2.02–3.47) and 1.89 (95% CI: 1.62–2.21) for Gram positives. The findings have important implications for infection control professionals, environmental cleaning services and patients, since current practices fail to adequately reduce acquisition risk. Although there may be non-preventable sources of acquisition, revised practices require collaborative work between all responsible staff in order to reduce this risk to a minimum.

JournalJournal of Hospital Infection (print)
Journal citation91 (3), pp. 211 - 217
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2015.08.005
Page range211 - 217
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
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