The Journal of Hospital Infection is the official scientific journal of the Healthcare Infection Society

The JHI seeks to promote collaboration between the many disciplines in infection prevention and control in different countries, resulting in multidisciplinary and international coverage of the latest developments. The Editor-in-Chief invites submissions of original papers, leading articles and correspondence in English, on all aspects of healthcare-associated infection as well as reviews on subjects of current interest.

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Latest Issue
Latest Issue
This month’s issues of the JHI includes the third special section of Gram-negative bacteria this year. Screening for MDRGNB remains a hot topic, and some important papers in this issue add to the debate. Saliba et al report the findings of a large multicentre study that suggest that use of RT-PCR can avoid the three weekly rectal samplings needed to rule-out acquisition of CPE by culture. Also Tucker et al in Manchester, England, found that that most (76.5%) patients with a history of KPC-CPE do not have detectable KPC-CPE on readmission or during their subsequent hospital stay. However, the authors emphasised that that repeat screening after an initial negative culture result is required. Studies such as these are providing important information that can help infection prevention services faced with increased demand for limited numbers of isolation cubicles. There remains surprisingly few data on the prevalence of carbapenemase-producing organisms in the UK community. Interestingly, Henderson et al found only one individual carrying a CPO amongst 200 tested in an area of east London that would seem to be high-risk for CPO carriage. Outside the special section there are several other interesting papers. Amongst these, the Editor’s Choice this month is the systematic review of indoor hospital air and the impact of ventilation on bioaerosols by Stockwell et al. Another article well worth a read is the report by Cole and Talmadge of an intriguing engineered sink to address hospital infection prevention. The final article to highlight is a mammoth cross sectional study of hospital onset diarrhoea in the UK, which showed that thousands of patients are affected each day, with only a third having any medical assessment.