ICAAC 2012

New research was presented at ICAAC 2012, the 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, from September 9 to 12 in San Francisco. The features below highlight just some of the studies that emerged from the conference. News Releases iPosters, Videos, Hot Topics, & More!   Featured Highlights Evaluating a Point-of-Care HIV Test In some settings, access to CD4 testing for determining the eligibility for antiretroviral therapy in patients with HIV is constrained. A simple, instrument-free test provided at the point of care may improve access to CD4 testing for patients with HIV in rural areas. Read more. Comparing Approaches to Hand Hygiene Compliance The standard method for monitoring hand hygiene compliance before and after patient contact does not assess the appropriateness or risk stratification of compliance as described in the World Health Organization’s 5 Moments (5M) hand hygiene audit tool. The accuracy of monitoring compliance in prolonged episodes of patient care that involves long “strings” of hand hygiene activity is uncertain. Read more. Viral Coinfections in Children With Respiratory Infections Little is known about the impact of viral coinfections and recently discovered viruses on the epidemiology of respiratory infections (RIs) in pediatric patients. Read more. Influenza Treatment in Infants Among children aged 2 and younger, influenza-associated morbidity is high. It is not clear, however, how the clinical complications, anti-viral treatment patterns, and healthcare use of infants aged 1 or younger during the H1N1 2009 pandemic compares with those of previous pre-pandemic seasons. Read more. Reducing CVC-Related Bloodstream Infections Central venous catheters (CVCs) are frequently used throughout hospitals nationwide, and related bloodstream infections are common among recipients of...