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An individual-based model of transmission of resistant bacteria in a veterinary teaching hospital.

Suthar N, Roy S, Call DR, Besser TE, Davis MA - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: The model was parameterized using data obtained from hospital records, information obtained by interviews with hospital staff, and the published literature.The model suggested that transmission resulting from contact with healthcare workers was common, and that certain transmission points (housing wards, diagnostics room, and the intensive care unit) presented higher risk for transmission than others (lobby and surgery).Sensitivity analyses using a range of parameter values demonstrated that the risk of acquisition of colonization by resistant pathogens decreased with shorter patient hospital stays (P<0.0001), more frequent decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers (P<0.0001) and better compliance of healthcare workers with hygiene practices (P<0.0001).

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Affiliation: Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Veterinary nosocomial infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria cause increased morbidity, higher cost and length of treatment and increased zoonotic risk because of the difficulty in treating them. In this study, an individual-based model was developed to investigate the effects of movements of canine patients among ten areas (transmission points) within a veterinary teaching hospital, and the effects of these movements on transmission of antibiotic susceptible and resistant pathogens. The model simulates contamination of transmission points, healthcare workers, and patients as well as the effects of decontamination of transmission points, disinfection of healthcare workers, and antibiotic treatments of canine patients. The model was parameterized using data obtained from hospital records, information obtained by interviews with hospital staff, and the published literature. The model suggested that transmission resulting from contact with healthcare workers was common, and that certain transmission points (housing wards, diagnostics room, and the intensive care unit) presented higher risk for transmission than others (lobby and surgery). Sensitivity analyses using a range of parameter values demonstrated that the risk of acquisition of colonization by resistant pathogens decreased with shorter patient hospital stays (P<0.0001), more frequent decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers (P<0.0001) and better compliance of healthcare workers with hygiene practices (P<0.0001). More frequent decontamination of heavily trafficked transmission points was especially effective at reducing transmission of the model pathogen.

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Contamination durations of healthcare workers and transmission points.The fraction of time healthcare workers (HCW) and transmission points (TP) remain contaminated with non-resistant (N) and resistant (R) strains each day averaged over 500 simulations.
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pone-0098589-g003: Contamination durations of healthcare workers and transmission points.The fraction of time healthcare workers (HCW) and transmission points (TP) remain contaminated with non-resistant (N) and resistant (R) strains each day averaged over 500 simulations.

Mentions: Though the average time interval between decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers is assumed to be the same (60 min), the transmission points are contaminated with both resistant and non-resistant strains for longer durations overall (P<0.0001, unpaired t-test) throughout the year (Fig. 3).


An individual-based model of transmission of resistant bacteria in a veterinary teaching hospital.

Suthar N, Roy S, Call DR, Besser TE, Davis MA - PLoS ONE (2014)

Contamination durations of healthcare workers and transmission points.The fraction of time healthcare workers (HCW) and transmission points (TP) remain contaminated with non-resistant (N) and resistant (R) strains each day averaged over 500 simulations.
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pone-0098589-g003: Contamination durations of healthcare workers and transmission points.The fraction of time healthcare workers (HCW) and transmission points (TP) remain contaminated with non-resistant (N) and resistant (R) strains each day averaged over 500 simulations.
Mentions: Though the average time interval between decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers is assumed to be the same (60 min), the transmission points are contaminated with both resistant and non-resistant strains for longer durations overall (P<0.0001, unpaired t-test) throughout the year (Fig. 3).

Bottom Line: The model was parameterized using data obtained from hospital records, information obtained by interviews with hospital staff, and the published literature.The model suggested that transmission resulting from contact with healthcare workers was common, and that certain transmission points (housing wards, diagnostics room, and the intensive care unit) presented higher risk for transmission than others (lobby and surgery).Sensitivity analyses using a range of parameter values demonstrated that the risk of acquisition of colonization by resistant pathogens decreased with shorter patient hospital stays (P<0.0001), more frequent decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers (P<0.0001) and better compliance of healthcare workers with hygiene practices (P<0.0001).

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, United States of America.

ABSTRACT
Veterinary nosocomial infections caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria cause increased morbidity, higher cost and length of treatment and increased zoonotic risk because of the difficulty in treating them. In this study, an individual-based model was developed to investigate the effects of movements of canine patients among ten areas (transmission points) within a veterinary teaching hospital, and the effects of these movements on transmission of antibiotic susceptible and resistant pathogens. The model simulates contamination of transmission points, healthcare workers, and patients as well as the effects of decontamination of transmission points, disinfection of healthcare workers, and antibiotic treatments of canine patients. The model was parameterized using data obtained from hospital records, information obtained by interviews with hospital staff, and the published literature. The model suggested that transmission resulting from contact with healthcare workers was common, and that certain transmission points (housing wards, diagnostics room, and the intensive care unit) presented higher risk for transmission than others (lobby and surgery). Sensitivity analyses using a range of parameter values demonstrated that the risk of acquisition of colonization by resistant pathogens decreased with shorter patient hospital stays (P<0.0001), more frequent decontamination of transmission points and disinfection of healthcare workers (P<0.0001) and better compliance of healthcare workers with hygiene practices (P<0.0001). More frequent decontamination of heavily trafficked transmission points was especially effective at reducing transmission of the model pathogen.

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