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Show Notes

Series 1

Episode 1: MRSA Guidelines: new evidence against an old adversary

With 'MRSA Guidelines: new evidence against an old adversary', we kick off our first mini-series of podcasts from the Healthcare Infection Society journals.

Gemma is joined by three experts within the field of MRSA and infection prevention more broadly, Hilary Humphreys (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland), Jennie Wilson (University of West London) and Lisa Butcher (Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts), to discuss the recently published joint Healthcare Infection Society and Infection Prevention Society MRSA Guidelines. The group talk decolonisation, future research directions and dirty mops.

Listen to the first episode here, or search for Infection Prevention in Conversation on your usual podcast player. 

Episode links

  • Joint Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) and Infection Prevention Society (IPS) guidelines for the prevention and control of meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in healthcare facilities: read it for free here
  • Further resources for managing MRSA from HIS here
  • Watch our MRSA webinar series here

Episode 2: pick of the papers

For the second episode of Infection Prevention in Conversation, Gemma Winzor is joined by the editors of the Journal of Hospital Infection, Jim Gray (Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital) and Nik Mahida (Nottingham University Hospitals).

The group discuss five papers, linked via their titles below, and share their thoughts on how to work - and have difficult conversations with - colleagues from a range of departments, what we take for granted in infection control, and how the pandemic has brought IPC into focus worldwide.

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Episode 3: Something in the water

'Something in the water' is the latest podcast from the Healthcare Infection Society journals.

Gemma Winzor (University Hospitals Birmingham; Editor in Chief Infection Prevention in Practice) is joined by two fantastic guests: Mike Weinbren (NHS England and NHS improvement) and Teresa Inkster, (NHS greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Assure, and HCAI Scotland). 

The trio talk about the problems encountered in new-build healthcare facilities, training sub-specialties, and the infection prevention and control risks of water and waste water drains on augmented care - an area many find a bit daunting as it does not come up that often in day-to-day life as an infection control practitioner. 

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Series 2

Episode 1: IPC challenges in low-income settings

In this episode of Infection Prevention in Conversation, Gemma talks to Gwendoline L. Chimhini, Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences and Felicity Fitzgerald, NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, working between UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and the Biomedical Research and Training Institute in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Today we will be discussing the challenges for infection prevention and control professionals working in lower-income settings, the challenges and innovations to be found in the neonatal ward Gwendoline manages in Zimbabwe, and the impact of the Neotree app, initially developed with a grant from the Healthcare Infection Society.

Before Neotree we were working in the dark. Now, we have switched on the light - at least we can see the room in which we are working.” - Gwendoline L. Chimhini

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Episode 2: Contact precautions and multidrug resistant microorganisms

Gemma Winzor talks with Gonzalo Bearman (Professor of Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University, Editor in Chief of Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology) about his work on contact precautions for the control of endemic multidrug resistant organisms in healthcare settings. The conversation takes in the importance of horizontal and vertical IPC measures, adverse outcomes associated with isolation and contact precautions, cost-savings and customer satisfaction, and the research still to be done in the field.

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Episode 3: Antimicrobial resistance: influencing government policy

In this episode Gemma talks with Ron Daniels, an NHS Consultant in Intensive Care, Executive Director and founder of the UK Sepsis Trust and board member of the Global Sepsis Alliance.

The conversation focuses on a recently-published white paper Ron co-authored as part of the Infection Management Coalition, which, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, makes 29 recommendations to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration in order to accelerate the creation of a system which is resilient and mature with regard to outbreak and pandemic preparedness; infection prevention; rapid recognition, diagnosis and treatment of time-critical viral and bacterial infections; and to, ultimately, deliver effective antimicrobial stewardship.

Gemma and Ron also discuss the impact of sepsis on global mortality, the economic impact of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the importance of communicating the dangers of AMR to the public.

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Episode 4: Role of the Healthcare Scientist in IPC

Elaine Cloutman Green (Consultant Clinical Scientist and Infection Control Doctor at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust) discuss the role of the healthcare scientist in the IPC team.

Elaine also shares how she forged a successful healthcare career from a start in zoology, how to make people aware of the opportunities available for careers in science, and how to learn from our failure.

The importance of public outreach as part of our communication as IPC professionals is also discussed. Elaine shares stories from The Nosocomial Project, which was supported by a HIS Public Outreach grant to produce Nosocomial, a play, and now showcases other creative ways to communicate about infectious disease – including Klebsiella the Drag Queen.

Elaine has been the recipient of a Healthcare Infection Society Small Research Grant, a Mike Emmerson Early Career Award and a HIS Public Engagement Grant. You can find out more about available HIS grants here.

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Episode 5: Live episode! Infection control and environmental challenges 

Join Gemma Winzor (Editor in Chief, Infection Prevention in Practice) and Nik Mahida (Editor in Chief, Journal of Hospital Infection) live from FIS/HIS International 2022, as they talk with guests about how environmental factors impact infection control practice.

Christine Peters (Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow) discusses two cases of Mycobacterium chelonae infection in haemato-oncology patients, using whole-genome sequencing and a potential link to the hospital water supply.

Katie Prescott (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust) outlines an outbreak of New Delhi Metallo-Beta-lactamase Carbapenemase Producing Enterobaterales on a bone marrow transplant unit, and the role of environment in the outbreaks.

Peter Kinnevey (Trinity College Dublin) discusses MRSA and MSSA among healthcare workers, patients and the environment, and answers questions about healthcare working testing. 

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Series 3

Episode 1: ECCMID Shorts 2023: Optimising blood culture management

In this short, Timothy Jones (Oxford University Hospitals) talks to Gemma about his poster (Poster number #E0170) and forthcoming paper on optimising blood culture management and diagnosis of bacteremia.


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Episode 2: ECCMID Shorts 2023: Making research more equitable

In this short, Prof. Jasmine R Marcelin (Infectious Diseases Physician and Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Centre, USA) talks to Gemma about bridging gaps in research equity, the importance of being intentional about including individuals from different backgrounds in all stages of research, how demographic intersectionality impacts how we approach our research and patients, and the myth of meritocracy.

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Works by Jasmine R Marcelin:

Kimberlé Crenshaw:

Other referenced works:


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Episode 3: ECCMID Shorts 2023: Antibiotic therapy duration and multidisciplinary decision-making in the ICU

Join Gemma Winzor (Editor in Chief, Infection Prevention in Practice) live from Copenhagen, Denmark, for the 33rd European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2023), 15-18 April 2023.

In this short, Robin ME Janssen (Raboud University Medical Centre, Netherlands) provides insight into the decision-making process on antibiotic therapy duration during multidisciplinary meetings. How can you work better with colleagues from other departments, and how can you fit antimicrobial stewardship into your department’s daily routine?

Episode links

Janssen RME et alWhy we prescribe antibiotics for too long in the hospital setting: a systematic scoping reviewJournal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 2022:77:8; 2105-2119. 

See the ECCMID programme here


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