Anaesthetists are at high risk of infection

Now that confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported in South Africa, the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) warns…

Fighting for immunity

The human immune system is essential for our survival. Without it, our bodies would be open to attack from bacteria,…

Screening for sepsis

Sepsis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity globally. Early diagnosis of sepsis and early initiation of evidence-based bundle…

Link between SGLT2 inhibitors and Fournier’s gangrene

Fournier’s gangrene is a newly identified safety concern in patients receiving sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. Physicians prescribing these agents…

Changing behaviour to improve hand hygiene

Numerous studies have shown that poor hand hygiene among healthcare workers is one of the major causes of hospital acquired…

Disarming hospital infections

Many antibiotics that were used to cure infectious diseases are no longer effective. The organisms that are resistant to antibiotics…

Don’t be at the mercy of MRSA

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is any strain of Staphylococcus aureus that has developed through horizontal gene transfer and natural selection…

Biofilms and antibiotic resistance

The rise of multidrug resistant bacteria caused by growing antibiotic resistance is one of the gravest threats faced by modern…

Avoiding antimicrobial resistance

New microbial mechanisms of resistance continue to emerge and spread globally through modern travel of people, animals and goods –…

Minimising surgical site infections with single use negative pressure wound therapy

Negative pressure wound therapy has greatly improved the healing process by ensuring that pressure is distributed uniformly across the incision…

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How to avoid HAIs

MEDICAL ACADEMIC OCTOBER CPD 1 of 4: In developed countries, HAI affects from 5% to 15% of hospitalised patients in…

Medical Chronicle October CPDs

Below are all of the CPDs produced for the October 2018 issue of Medical Chronicle. You need to read all…

Wrap up to keep the microorganisms away

MEDICAL CHRONICLE SEPTEMBER CPD 2 of 5: The following study looks at the effectiveness of rigid containers vs wrapped instrument…

Medical Chronicle September CPDs

These are Medical Academic’s September CPDs. Click on the attached questionnaire to start the CPD quiz.

HITES: infection control’s weak link

High-touch environmental surfaces (HITES) are increasingly being recognised as vehicles for healthcare-associated infections. Consequently, there is a corresponding upsurge of…

TB in SA: Are you protected?

Despite international attention to the importance of strengthening the global healthcare workforce, TB transmission in healthcare settings remains a serious…

Surgical site infections: What you need to know

SSIs create a significant burden on patients, health systems, and service payers through hospital readmissions, longer stays, additional surgeries, and…