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Methodology Literature review details Recommendations are based on the systematic review of published English language literature from January 1960 to October 2015 (see supplementary appendix 1 for further details). The incidence is approximately 1 per 100,000/ year (Klein et al, 2010;Pirofsky, 1975). Without underlying disease, examination may be unremarkable or reveal mild pallor or splenomegaly. Less often, severe haemolysis leads to hepatosplenomegaly, haemoglobinuria and signs of heart failure (Packman, 2008). Cold-induced acrocyanosis (dusky blue appearance of toes, fingers, nose tip or ears) or 3 Raynaud’s phenomenon occur in 4090% of patients (Berentsen et al, 2006;Swiecicki et al, 2013). Haemolysis can be severe and intravascular but usually settles over several weeks. A gel column agglutination method is a more sensitive method that is less prone to error than a conventional tube test (Fayek et al, 2012). Finally, if the patient requires blood, investigations are needed to exclude underlying alloantibodies and identify units suitable for transfusion. Although the autoantibody specificity can sometimes be identified, specificity does not help predict the clinical outcome (Issitt, 1985). Is caused by autoantibodies (usually IgG) that bind red cells optimally in vitro at 37°C. Is caused by autoantibodies (usually IgM) that bind red cells optimally in vitro at 4°C. Defining an absolute cut off for titre or thermal amplitude is difficult and there are exceptions. The thermal amplitude may be considered as a supportive serological investigation where diagnostic uncertainty exists. However, with immunophenotyping, the majority of such cases have evidence of a clonal bone marrow lymphoproliferative disorder and a circulating IgM monoclonal paraprotein (Berentsen, 2011). The paraprotein can be detected by serum electrophoresis and immunofixation in >90% of cases (Berentsen et al, 2006) but the sample must be kept at 37°C until serum has been separated or the antibody will remain bound to red cells. There may be agglutination, spherocytes or erythrophagocytosis by neutrophils on blood film. The test can be technically difficult (Sokol et al, 1999) and false negative results can be avoided by using an indirect method. Testing should be performed by a specialist lab and a warm separated serum sample is required. Samples for titres and thermal amplitude should be kept at 37°C for transportation. Limitations the diagnostic algorithm (Figure 1) is a guide and the diagnosis is not always straightforward. The clinical picture should be considered and advice of a reference laboratory may be required before a final diagnosis is made. Testing should therefore be conducted in laboratories performing these tests on a regular basis. Blood transfusion Full compatibility testing can take 4-6 hours or more (Petz, 2004). In patients with a clinically significant cold type antibody, the use of a blood warmer and ensuring a warm environment for transfusion is rational although evidence of benefit limited. Plasma exchange the evidence for plasma exchange is largely limited to case reports and any benefit is temporary. Plasma exchange has been used in patients with severe haemolysis while attempting control with other therapies such as immunosuppression (Szczepiorkowski et al, 2010;Von, 2003). Methylprednisolone the experience of high dose intravenous methylprednisolone is limited to case reports. Methylprednisolone may have a role in fulminant cases but the risk of serious infections may also increase (Bay et al, 2007;Everett et al, 2006). Emergency splenectomy and splenic embolisation Patients with severe transfusion-dependent haemolysis who have not responded to immunosuppression may require urgent splenectomy. If the patient is not 12 vaccinated two weeks prior to splenectomy, this should be deferred until 14 days post-splenectomy as functional antibody responses are improved (Davies et al, 2011). Responses are often partial, and cannot be sustained without an unacceptably high steroid dose. However, given limited therapeutic options, a trial of prednisolone 1 mg/kg/day may be considered as a rescue therapy. Agglutination can occur within the cell separator and its tubing, especially if the agglutinin is active at 37°C and the room and extracorporeal circuit may need a high temperature setting. Seven had uncompensated haemolysis (Hb range 41-89 g/l) and 6 were outpatients (Lecouffe-Desprets et al, 2015). Thromboprophylaxis: Recommendation Thromboprophylaxis with low molecular weight heparin is recommended for in-patients with an acute exacerbation of haemolysis (1C) and should be considered in ambulatory patients during severe exacerbations (Hb <85 g/l) (2C) Folic acid Prior to the widespread practice of folic acid supplementation, numerous cases of megaloblastic anaemia and folate deficiency were reported in patients with chronic haemolytic anaemia. Gastric “protection”: Recommendation Patients receiving corticosteroids who are at increased risk for peptic ulcer disease. Calcium and vitamin D supplements (typically 1200-1500 mg calcium and 800-1000 U vitamin D) reduce bone loss and are recommended for all patients receiving corticosteroids (Rizzoli et al, 2012;Weinstein, 2011). Postmenopausal women and men aged 50 years starting corticosteroids with an anticipated duration 3 months at a dose of prednisolone 7. Morbidity and mortality are poorly understood, but while death from uncontrolled haemolysis can still occur, the relative contribution of infection in patients on immunosuppression is significant. The initial response may take several weeks but absence of response by 21 days should be considered a steroid failure. In responding patients, an incremental taper can begin, for example once Hb >100 g/l or after a maximum of 3 weeks, reducing to 20-30 mg over 4-6 weeks, and then by 5 mg every month. Approximately 20% of patients remain in remission after steroids are discontinued. Although a further 40% can maintain 16 an acceptable Hb on maintenance prednisolone <15-20 mg, due to the long term side effects of steroids, second line therapy should be considered. Dexamethasone Data are limited but do not suggest that dexamethasone is superior to prednisolone (Ionita 2010 and Meyer 97). Approximately 70% respond to splenectomy but even higher response rates are reported with rituximab. Following splenectomy, refractory or relapsing patients often require immunosuppression and the rate of serious infection appears higher post-splenectomy (Barcellini et al, 2014;Rivero et al, 1979;Roumier et al, 2014). In the only prospective randomised study, first line rituximab and prednisolone was compared to prednisolone 17 monotherapy (Birgens et al, 2013). The long term remission rate is unknown but relapse occurs in 14-25% after a median of 15-21 months (Barcellini et al, 2012;Bussone et al, 2009) and in 50% by 30 months (Maung et al, 2013). Rituximab is largely well tolerated although severe neutropenia, transient infusion-related reactions (Bussone et al, 2009) or infections have been reported. Progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy is a rare complication (Carson et al, 2009). The standard regimen is 375 mg/m2 weekly for 4 consecutive weeks but low dose rituximab achieves profound B cell suppression when used for autoimmune disorders (Provan et al, 2007). Rituximab 100 mg weekly for 4 weeks with prednisolone, first or second line (Barcellini et al, 2012), produced comparable response rates. However, rituximab was used at an earlier disease stage than studies of standard dose therapy, and variable definitions of response and short follow up further limit comparison. However, the number achieving steroid independence and the duration of response is unclear. Most responses occur within the first few months of surgery but slower responses (5-6 months) have been reported. Although early studies suggested that relatively high splenic uptake would predict a good response to splenectomy, this was not supported by subsequent studies and scanning has fallen from routine clinical practice. Vaccinations and the re-vaccination schedule should be based on the latest Department of Health (Public Health England, 2014) or equivalent guidelines. Prophylactic antibiotics should be started postoperatively and a course of antibiotics for emergency use provided at discharge (Davies et al, 2011). Extended prophylaxis following discharge may be considered in patients considered high risk (2C). Long term follow up should be organised for revaccination in primary or secondary care (1C). Cyclophosphamide Although some success has been reported with low dose oral cyclophosphamide. Higher intravenous doses also appear effective, for example 50 mg/kg/day for 4 days (Moyo et al, 2002) or 1g monthly for 4 months (Thabet & Faisal, 2014). Splenectomy was unsuccessful in 3/4 (Sokol et al, 1983) and 2/3 patients (Shulman et al, 1985). Therapeutic intervention should be considered for symptomatic anaemia, severe circulatory symptoms or transfusion dependence (Berentsen & Tjonnfjord, 2012). In patients requiring treatment, splenectomy has usually been avoided because IgM sensitised red cells are not selectively removed in the spleen. Evidence of efficacy is therefore lacking and splenectomy appears to have a very limited role. Case reports or small series do not encourage the use of chlorambucil, cladribine, azathioprine, or cyclophosphamide. Case reports also document a response to eculizumab (Roth et al, 2009), bortezomib (Carson et al, 2010) and rituximab-bendamustine (Gueli et al, 2013). In a prospective study of rituximab combined with fludarabine, the response rate was 76% and estimated median response duration >66 months although 44% had grade 3-4 haematological toxicity (Berentsen et al, 2010). Knowing the antibodies thermal amplitude may help define a minimum temperature threshold. Agglutination can also present intraoperatively with increased pressure in the cardioplegia line (Bracken et al, 24 1993;Fischer et al, 1997) or with visible agglutination in the cardioplegia system. In up to 77% it is a self-limiting illness, requiring only short term therapy (Buchanan et al, 1976). Clinical and laboratory features Most children present with pallor, jaundice, tiredness or dark urine. Less commonly, there will be fever or abdominal pain and 3% presented with collapse, coma or acute renal insufficiency due to sudden, severe anaemia (Aladjidi et al, 2011). In the differential diagnosis, particular attention should be given to congenital disorders such as Diamond 25 Blackfan anaemia, transient erythroblastopenia of childhood and parvovirus B19 infection. Investigations should include serum immunoglobulins, peripheral T cell subsets and antinuclear antibodies.

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This is in keeping with an avulsion fracture (at the peroneus brevis tendon insertion site). I would also like to assess the aP ankle X-ray to complete my assessment of the ankle. Treatment of this type of fracture usually involves ftting a walking boot and referring the patient to the fracture clinic. Condition Frequency in 183 232 major trauma patients Tension pneumothorax 1 in 250 (0. To update the pre-existing guideline, a consensus meeting of stakeholders was held by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care at Coventry in November 2013. A literature review was carried out prior to the consensus meeting, to inform the discussion process. Where no evidence existed, the practitioners discussed best practice based on expert opinion. This paper provides a guideline for the pre-hospital management of patients with the life-threatening chest injuries of tension pneumothorax, open pneumothorax, massive haemothorax, flail chest (including multiple rib fractures), and cardiac tamponade. General Management High-flow oxygen should be commenced with a reservoir mask for all patients who have sustained major trauma. Early effective analgesia is essential for patients with a moderate or severe pain score. Pain from rib fractures or wounds will contribute to respiratory insufficiency and effective pain relief may obviate the need for invasive pre-hospital thoracic interventions. Page 1 of 13 Tension Pneumothorax Making a diagnosis of tension pneumothorax in a spontaneously breathing trauma patient can be difficult. Common features include universal symptoms of chest pain and respiratory distress, with tachycardia and ipsilateral decreased air entry found in 50-75% of cases. Ultrasound can be used as an adjunct to diagnose pneumothorax following chest trauma. It has been shown to be more accurate than conventional chest radiographs 9,10 but is operator dependent and may produce false negative results. It must be used as part of a Standard Operating Procedure in an organisation with robust clinical governance and should not delay the treatment of life-threatening chest injuries. Needle Decompression Needle decompression should be carried out in any patient with a suspected tension pneumothorax showing signs of decompensation (hypoxia, cardiovascular compromise with loss of radial pulse, and/or reduced conscious level) 11. There is considerable risk of iatrogenic pneumothorax if misdiagnosis occurs and decompression is performed. Complication rates range from 0-11% with anatomical misplacement being the main factor 12-16. The first choice of site is the 2nd intercostal space (below the 2nd rib) in the mid-clavicular line (Figure 1). Studies have shown there is a low accuracy in correct anatomical placement 17 and therefore practitioners must be familiar with the landmarks. Clavicle extends laterally from Sternal angle at the sternum to the acromion manubriosternal joint. A number of studies have shown that the mean chest wall thickness at the 2nd intercostal space mid-clavicular line ranges from 3. The cannula may also fail to decompress the tension pneumothorax due to obstruction by blood, tissue or kinking. If there is no obvious air release on initial insertion a cannula should be inserted into the chest attached to a syringe and flushed with 2ml of air or water. Other causes of failure include a localized tension pneumothorax in the patient with pre-existing lung disease 29, or a large air leak in which the air collects in the pleural space quicker than can be drained by the narrow bore of the cannula 30. Needle decompression using a lateral approach (just anterior to the mid-axillary line) has been suggested as potentially more efficacious than the conventional anterior approach. Two studies showed that lateral chest wall thickness was thinner than that anteriorly, and four studies showed that the lateral chest wall thickness was greater than that anteriorly21,26, 31-34. Needle decompression should initially be performed in the 2nd intercostal space in the mid-clavicular line. In the presence of a presumed tension pneumothorax, with no clinical improvement, a 2nd attempt may be made with a 14G cannula in the 5th intercostal space just anterior to the mid-axillary line (Figure 2). It must be remembered that when the patient’s arms are elevated above their head the chest wall thickness may be thinner laterally, but the patient cannot be transported in this position. A cannula placed in the lateral site will be more prone to kinking when the arms are adducted by the patient’s side. There is also a potential increased risk of iatrogenic injury in the lateral site and therefore practitioners must undergo training to identify the correct landmarks. Open thoracostomy Surgical incision and decompression of the pleural space with a thoracostomy is an effective method to treat tension pneumothorax37-40. It is diagnostic by the digital palpation of a deflated lung, which should re-inflate following decompression. Open thoracostomy may also be used to relieve severe surgical emphysema constricting respiration that may develop following a severe crush injury to the chest. Open thoracostomy should not be first line treatment for suspected tension pneumothorax in self-ventilating patients. If this fails, open thoracostomy can be considered and then followed by a chest drain (Figure 2). Pre-hospital insertion of a chest drain should be avoided where possible due to prolongation of on-scene time; risks of kinking, blocking or falling out during transfers; and long-term infection risks with non-sterile insertion techniques. It is accepted that chest drain insertion will be necessary in some circumstances eg high-altitude aero-medical retrieval. An open thoracostomy may be first-line treatment and can be left open for patients undergoing positive pressure ventilation (Figure 3). In positively pressure ventilated patients, who may have pronounced air leaks, it is potentially unsafe to cover an open thoracostomy with a commercial chest seal due to a risk of the seal blocking and the development of a tension pneumothorax. If the patient’s condition deteriorates, the thoracostomy should be reassessed and the tract re-opened with a clean, gloved finger to ensure patency. Packaging of the patient needs to avoid blockage of the thoracostomy holes by the patient’s arms. Page 4 of 13 Procedure for thoracostomy the patient’s arm is abducted and the 5th intercostal space identified just anterior to the mid-axillary line (see Figure 1). The site should be higher where landmarks are difficult (eg obese patients) or for pregnant patients who have a raised diaphragm. The practitioner should also confirm that the defined site is well within the ‘safe triangle’ (bordered by the anterior border of the latissimus dorsi, the lateral border of the pectoralis major muscle, and a line superior to the horizontal level of the nipple. Beware that the neurovascular bundle runs along the lower border of the rib A tubular track is continued through the intercostal muscles using blunt dissection down to the pleura the operator then inserts a finger along the track into the pleural cavity and sweeps around the space to detect the presence of any adhesions or bowel (in case of ruptured diaphragm) and whether the lung is inflated or deflated. It may also be possible to palpate the heart in a left thoracostomy to ascertain whether the heart is well filled or the presence of cardiac tamponade. The complication rate of pre-hospital thoracostomy is not insignificant and estimated at 10-15% 44-48. It is imperative that any organisation performing pre-hospital thoracostomy has a standard operating procedure for the indications and technique, and all practitioners receive appropriate training. Pre-hospital organisations should develop robust methods of feedback with hospitals to enable audit of complication rates. There is no hard evidence for the prophylactic use of antibiotics for pre-hospital thoracostomy, although studies do exist looking at hospital tube thoracostomy 47-53. The British Thoracic Society guidelines recommend that antibiotic prophylaxis should be considered for trauma patients, especially after penetrating trauma, requiring chest drains54. Consensus opinion was that prophylactic antibiotics should be considered for pre-hospital thoracostomy, especially in cases of penetrating chest trauma, or with transport times >3 hours. There is no published evidence regarding the use of pre-hospital thoracostomies to insert emergency department chest drains versus a new incision in sterile conditions. The consensus view was to use the existing thoracostomy hole to place the intercostal drain, and to cover with intravenous antibiotics. Further incisions have the potential to cause more morbidity and are not justified. In the case of penetrating chest wall injury drains must not be inserted into the wound, even if this is at the appropriate anatomical site. This reflects the fact that in most cases of penetrating chest trauma, the tissues around the wound will self-seal. Diagnosis of an open pneumothorax is based on the clinical finding of a wound on the chest wall that is ‘sucking’ air and visibly bubbling, with evidence of an underlying pneumothorax. All practitioners should be able to recognise a tension pneumothorax, as a complication of open pneumothorax, or as a result of the treatment. Treatment recommendations the use of a three-sided first aid dressing is no longer deemed to be effective. The majority of open pneumothoraces will not require any further treatment in the pre-hospital environment. Vented chest seals have been shown to be effective at preventing the development of a tension pneumothorax56 and are preferable to an unvented chest seal. If a chest seal is not available, the wound should be completely covered with a thin dry adherent dressing. If the patient develops signs of a tension pneumothorax following the application of a chest seal or dressing, then the seal or dressing should be immediately removed. If there is no improvement then needle decompression or thoracostomy should be performed as per the guidelines for tension pneumothorax. In some cases the wound will be completely occluded with a chest seal due to the position of the patient (eg a posterior wound with the patient supine). Consideration should be made as to the ideal transport position for the patient to allow removal of the dressing if required. Rapid sequence induction and positive pressure ventilation will need to be considered for large open pneumothoraces with respiratory failure. Prophylactic intravenous antibiotics should be administered for all cases of penetrating chest injury, where available. Massive haemothorax the diagnosis of massive haemothorax may be made in the pre-hospital environment by the following means: Clinical signs of haemothorax with hypovolaemia Exsanguination from a thoracostomy or chest drain performed for suspected tension pneumothorax Found at emergency thoracotomy for traumatic cardiac arrest from penetrating trauma the clinical signs of massive haemothorax will be very difficult to differentiate from a tension pneumothorax in the pre-hospital setting. Examination of the chest may reveal tachypnoea, reduced chest expansion, dullness to percussion, reduced air entry, reduced vocal resonance, and hypoxia. Treatment recommendations Pre-hospital drainage of a massive haemothorax may be deleterious, by the mechanism of dislodging clots and promoting further internal thoracic haemorrhage, and should not routinely be performed. Where tension pneumothorax cannot be excluded, pre-hospital thoracostomy or chest drain insertion will need to be performed as per the Tension Pneumothorax guidelines above. If a thoracostomy reveals a significant haemorrhage from the thoracic cavity, a chest drain may be useful (to monitor the amount of ongoing blood loss and diagnose a massive haemothorax) but should not prolong on-scene time.

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Infection Prevention Guidelines 26 9 Preventing Infectious Diarrhea and Managing Food and Water Services How to Prevent the In a number of countries, such as Bangladesh, cholera is endemic, and Spread of Cholera during the rainy season it becomes epidemic. For several years it has been known that microscopic organisms in the water, called plankton, are the reservoir for the Vibrio cholerae, the bacteria causing cholera. Recently, Colwell et al (2003) reported the incidence of cholera was reduced by 48% in Bangladeshi villages using a simple filtering method to treat their drinking water when compared to villages not filtering their water (P <0. In this study, 65 villages (comprising over 8,000 households and about 133,000 individuals) were randomly assigned to three groups that used old sari cloth, nylon 2 mesh or nothing to filter their drinking water for an 18-month period. In addition to significantly reducing the cholera incidence, the severity of illness was also less in those villages filtering their water. The researchers suggest this also could be due to the effect of the sari cloth or nylon mesh filters to reduce the number of cholera bacteria in the drinking water. In this study, sari cloth and nylon mesh were equally effective in preventing cholera and reducing the severity of illness. One could further postulate that by first filtering the contaminated drinking water, followed by treating it with sodium hypochlorite (0. Safe Water Systems for the Developing World: A Handbook for Implementing Household-Based Water Treatment and Safe Storage Projects. It 2 is usually made of lightweight cotton that has a thread count of about 140 /inch. A simple filtration method to remove plankton associated Vibrio cholera in raw water supplies in developing countries. Preventing nosocomial gastrointestinal infections, in Infection Prevention with Limited Resources. Epidemiology of infectious and iatrogenic nosocomial diarrhea in a cohort of general medicine patients. Quality of powdered substitutes for breast milk with regards to the family Enterobacteriacae. Foodbourne disease prevention in health care facilities, in Hospital Infections, 3rd ed. Only nosocomial urinary tract infections are more frequent (Emori and Gaynes 1993). Nosocomial pneumonia also is the infection most likely to be fatal, with mortality rates exceeding 30%, and is the most expensive to treat. Moreover, patients on mechanical ventilators develop pneumonia more frequently and are more likely to have a fatal outcome than those not requiring assisted respiration (Lynch et al 1997). Most nosocomial pneumonias occur by aspiration of bacteria growing in the back of the throat (oropharynx) or stomach. Intubation and mechanical ventilation greatly increase the risk of infection because they: x block the normal body defense mechanisms—coughing, sneezing and the gag reflex; x prevent the washing action of the hair (cilia) and mucus-secreting cells lining the upper respiratory system; and x provide a direct pathway for microorganisms to get into the lungs. Most commonly accepted criteria for nosocomial pneumonia include fever, cough, Infection Prevention Guidelines 27 1 Preventing Pneumonia decreased breath sounds or dullness in a specific area of the lungs and production of purulent (infected) sputum in combination with X-ray evidence suggestive of an infection. Patients on ventilators, for example, have a 6 to 21-fold greater risk of getting nosocomial pneumonia than do patients not on ventilators (Schaefer et al 1996). While with surgical patients the main reason for mechanical ventilation is the type of operation, for medical patients it usually is related to the patient’s illness. Not surprisingly, the risk of postoperative nosocomial bacterial pneumonia is 38 times greater for heart and lung operations. Early onset pneumonia is likely to involve the patient’s own flora, especially streptococcus and haemophilus species. When pneumonia occurs later on during the hospitalization, it is more likely to be due to gram-negative Remember: Handwashing, or use of a waterless, organisms from the hospital environment. For example, in one study by Weinstein (1991), 20–40% of nosocomial pneumonias were due to cross contamination of organisms from one patient to another, most likely from the hands of hospital staff. Although it is impossible to change these risk factors, knowing about them is valuable in terms of anticipating problems and limiting the use of invasive devices. Unfortunately, if the underlying medical or surgical condition is serious, treatment of nosocomial pneumonia may not be successful. The greatest opportunities for prevention of nosocomial pneumonia are in those surgical patients not anticipated to need postoperative ventilation. Preventing Colonization Transfer of organisms among hospitalized patients occurs frequently. Respiratory Therapy To minimize cross-contamination when suctioning patients on ventilators: Equipment x Wash hands or use an alcohol-based antiseptic handrub before putting on gloves. Note: Mechanical ventilation x Wash hands or use an alcohol-based antiseptic handrub after removing should be used only when gloves. Suction catheters should be decontaminated, cleaned and high-level disinfected by boiling or steaming between uses. In addition, use of large containers of saline or other fluids for instillation or rinsing the suction catheter should be avoided. If possible, only small containers of sterile solutions or boiled water, which can be used only once and then replaced, should be used. Remember: Do not touch To reduce the risk of contamination and possible infection from other items in the room or mechanical respirators and other equipment, the following are suggested: the patient after suctioning and while still wearing gloves. These humidifiers can, however, be a source of cross-contamination, so they should be cleaned and disinfected between patients. For boiling) and used only with example, if not thoroughly disinfected and dried, fluids left inside the sterile fluids or boiled bag or face piece can be aerosolized during the next use. Preventing Even short-term (a few days) use of nasal feeding tubes increases the risk Gastric Reflux of aspiration. Also, raising the head of the bed, so that the patient is more or less in a sitting position, makes reflux less likely. Postoperative As mentioned above, surgical patients should be taught how to prevent Management postoperative pulmonary problems, such as fluid in lungs and/or poorly air filled areas (atelectasis), preoperatively. Surgical units should have effective plans for: x optimizing the use of pain medication to keep the patient comfortable enough to cough effectively, x regularly moving and exercising patients, and x encouraging deep breathing in the immediate postoperative period and for the next few days. An overview of nosocomial infections, including the role of the microbiology laboratory. Implementing and evaluating a system of generic infection precautions: Body substance isolation. In the broadest sense, infection-monitoring (surveillance) activities are designed to guide corrective action based on accurate information, or to provide the rationale for not acting when only selective or biased information is available. Poorly designed monitoring activities can, however, waste resources by collecting data that are never used or that fail to provide an accurate picture of what is happening. This occurs most often when surveillance is inconsistent or analysis is incomplete. Although all healthcare facilities should monitor patient care practices to prevent nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections and minimize the chance of bad outcomes, surveillance is labor-intensive. Infection surveillance has a long history, and there remains considerable debate about the design, utility and value of surveillance (Lynch et al 1997). How then does a healthcare facility monitor infection-related quality of care activities where resources are limited As a general rule, monitoring by surveillance should be used only if it will provide specific information not available at less cost. Infection Prevention Guidelines 28 1 Infection-Monitoring (Surveillance) Activities x Monitor compliance with recommended practices for certain high-risk procedures, such as inserting central venous catheters. Finally, routine surveillance should not outweigh investigating outbreaks, or providing safe water, food and sanitation within the hospital or healthcare facilities. On the other hand, well-organized surveillance ranks ahead of repetitive “staff education” programs, especially those not linked to behavior change activities (Chapter 3). Method of identifying patients with nosocomial infections through a combination of: 1) reviewing medical records, 2) asking questions directed to patients or health workers, and 3) checking laboratory, X-ray or other relevant data, if available. Infection that is neither present nor incubating at the time the patient came to the healthcare facility. Systematic collection of relevant data on patient care, the orderly analysis of the data and the prompt reporting of the data to those who need it. While infection surveillance (collecting some data on all nosocomial infections and calculating rates based on discharges or patient days) is not a useful starting point, knowing when to investigate a situation, what data to collect, how to analyze and interpret the result and how long to measure may be extremely useful. Knowing the difference between monitoring a process (Are they doing what they’re supposed to be doing Where resources are limited, the use of surveillance as an infection monitoring tool generally should be restricted to investigating outbreaks or exposures. When considering initiating other types of surveillance activities, the objectives should be reasonable in terms of the resources and time available, and the projected uses for the data should be clearly defined before routine collection of data is established. It is much more difficult to discontinue data collection than to never collect it in the first place. For hospitals in most countries, rigorously employing the evidence-based infection prevention practices detailed in the preceding Chapters 3–19 should be the primary strategy for preventing nosocomial infections and avoiding bad outcomes in hospitalized patients. Then the use of measures proven to reduce infection risk at specific sites or from invasive procedures should be checked (Chapters 22–27). Only after successfully implementing and monitoring these recommendations should the use of surveillance be considered. Finding Patients with An inexpensive, fairly simple way of finding patients with nosocomial Nosocomial Infections infections is by casefinding. Casefinding consists of reviewing medical records and asking questions of patients and health workers (active surveillance). It is guided by clues obtained from passive surveillance (reports and laboratory information). Routine casefinding is time consuming and not recommended where resources are limited, but when used to investigate a suspected outbreak. Using the above example of a suspected outbreak of infectious diarrhea, the clinical review of medical records should include collecting basic demographic information. Talking with patients (or parents of newborns in this example) should focus on their health, the health of other young children at home, general hygiene, food handling and sanitation. Laboratory information to be checked should include a review of positive cultures and other diagnostic findings if Infection Prevention Guidelines 28 3 Infection-Monitoring (Surveillance) Activities available. In addition, if laboratory or X-ray staff are informed about the kinds of information that may suggest nosocomial infections, they can alert the infection prevention coordinator or working group with useful tips. Where time and resources are limited, routine use of casefinding should focus on high-risk areas such as intensive care and postoperative units. In a large study, for example, more than 70% of all nosocomial infections occurred in the 40% of patients who had surgery (Haley et al 1985a and 1985b). Moreover, the infections in these units tended to be more serious than in other areas where infections occur less frequently. When they occur, it is important to identify and interrupt the process or practice responsible as quickly as possible to minimize the risk to patients and staff.

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The specimen may and aspirates; protozoa, eggs, and larvae can be diag be washed several times in this manner before the sedi nosed without further staining in temporary wet mounts, ment is finally fixed in hot 10% formalin, as mentioned either made immediately after fixation or prepared several above. As mentioned in the text, the examination of fecal specimens using the ova and parasite examination is not considered complete unless a concentration and a permanent stained smear are examined for every specimen submitted to the laboratory. For a fresh specimen, a direct wet mount should be performed if the specimen is very soft to liquid; the complete ova and parasite examination would include the direct wet mount, the concentration, and the permanent stained smear. If the speci men is submitted in preservative, the direct wet mount should Figure 26. When the stool specimen is added to the vial, the final permanent stained smear (5, 9). The bottom layer consists of deeper-staining weeks in a tightly stoppered brown bottle) particulate matter; eggs and protozoa are found Distilled water. This contention is debatable, material be placed on an albumin-coated slide to improve and Dunn (8) suggests that it is not nearly as reliable adherence to the glass (Figure 26. Helminth eggs and larvae, protozoan nent stained smear, and fecal immunoassays for Giardia trophozoites and cysts, and coccidian oocysts and mi and Cryptosporidium and has the advantage of not con crosporidian spores are preserved by this method. It is a liquid fixa acid-fast stains) and the microsporidia (modified tri tive, much like the 10% formalin described above (Figure chrome stains) can be used with the concentrate sediment 26. After mixing, allow the smear fixative but serves as an adhesive for the stool material; to dry at room temperature for 30 min prior to staining. Many as follows: laboratories that receive specimens from in-house patients (no problem with delivery times) often select this approach. A concentration technique for Schaudinn’s fluid-preserved Mercuric chloride, saturated material is also available but is not widely used. When this temperature is reached, remove the beaker and swirl the mixture for Schaudinn’s Fixative (Stock Solution) 30 s until a homogeneous, slightly milky solution is Mercuric chloride, saturated obtained. Copper sulfate has been tried (15, 20) but does not provide results equal to those seen with mercuric chloride (15). However, zinc sulfate has proven to be a good mercury substitute and is used with trichrome stain (Figure 26. Although zinc substitutes have become widely available, each manu facturer has a proprietary formula for the fixative. Remember to inquire about the compatibility of all single-vial systems with Advantages Disadvantages the immunoassay procedures; not all single-vial preservatives are Can prepare permanent stained Overall protozoan morphology compatible with all fecal immunoassays. From the single vial, both the concentration and permanent stained smear can be stained smear, fecal immunoassay procedures) and for prepared (Figures 26. It is also pos specific information indicating that there are no formula sible to perform fecal immunoassay procedures from components that would interfere with any of the three some of these vials. Like the zinc substitutes, these formulas are about all three capabilities (concentration, permanent proprietary. It is mation on this product can be found at the company website always important to review peer-reviewed literature regarding the ( This fixative works well with trichrome results of new products compared with those previously in use. Prepare several fecal smears, and fix immediately in Schaudinn’s fluid to be quality controlled. Allow 30 min for fixation, and then prepare sev own fixatives, the following approach can be used for eral fecal smears. The specimen used for quality control at room temperature or 30 to 60 min in an incu presented below is designed to be used with fixatives bator [approximately 35°C]). The bulk quality control specimen can be con men (normal stool, containing no parasites) with centrated as for a normal patient specimen. Shipment of Diagnostic Specimens, Biological Products, Etiologic Agents, Procedure Notes for Use of Preservatives or Infectious Substances 1. Most of the commercially available kits have a Biological materials shipped domestically or internation “fill to” line on the vial label to indicate how much ally must be packaged in compliance with hazardous fecal material should be added to ensure adequate materials transport regulations. The United States has preservation of the fecal material (ratio of one part incorporated the United Nations Recommendations on stool to three parts fixative). However, patients the Transport of Dangerous Goods into law, making often overfill the vials; remember to open the vials the U. Although the two-vial system (one vial of 5 or 10% Transportation, and Postal Service specify requirements buffered formalin [concentration] and one vial of for packaging and shipping of biological materials. Problems with disposal of mercury-based fixa Anyone packaging diagnostic specimens or infectious tives (availability of high-temperature incinera agents for shipment must receive training and be tested tion facilities and cost) and lack of multilabora every 2 years. Those who complete the training and test tory contracts for disposal of such products will receive a certificate. The cost of a two-vial system compared with protect all personnel who may come in contact with the the cost of a single collection vial package; compliance with these rules is the responsibility C. Definitions of relevant terms can be found hematoxylin) to use with specific fixatives in Tables 26. Whether the newer fecal immunoassay kits can Double mailing containers should be used in shipping be used with stool specimens preserved in that any parasitologic specimens other than microscope slides. Adequate fixation still depends on the following cylinder should be packed in cotton to absorb any moisture parameters: or material that might result from leakage or breakage. Meeting recommended time limits for lag time Instruction sheets, patient information sheets, etc. For all packages contain (1:3) ing infectious substances, an itemized list of contents must C. Thorough mixing of the fixative and specimen be enclosed between the secondary packaging and the (once the specimen is received in the labora outer packaging (21, 22, 30, 34, 41–45, 47, 48). Specific tory, any additional mixing at that time will not packing instructions can be found in Table 26. Unless the appropriate stain is used with each be found through the Sentinel Laboratory Guidelines for fixative, the final permanent stained smear may be Suspected Agents of Bioterrorism, Packing and Shipping difficult to examine (organisms hard to see and/or Diagnostic and Clinical Specimens, Infectious Substances, identify). Examples of appropriate combinations and Biological Agents, published by the American Society are as follows: for Microbiology in 2005. Guidelines for tious substances is available at the American Society for packaging are provided in Table 26. However, if minor discrepancies in typing or punc films, do not require double mailers for shipment. They tuation are present, they are no longer considered errors may be packed in boxes, cardboard slide holders, or any if they do not compromise safety. The document must be other suitable container that will prevent damage or break either handwritten by one person or typed. Slides should be individually wrapped in toilet tissue the Shipper’s Declaration must be completed and signed or facial tissue. One copy is retained by the shipper, can be wrapped in toilet paper as follows: place a slide and the other is forwarded with the package; one copy can on the tissue, wrap the slide several times, place the next be a carbon copy. This document is required for shipping slide on top of the first, and continue to wrap the slide infectious substances and toxic substances; it is not required several times. The series of slides will be padded and can for shipping diagnostic specimens or biological products. When you place slides in there are no dangerous goods in a shipment with dry ice, the flat cardboard containers, they need additional protec the Shipper’s Declaration is not required. It is important for tion; some slides will arrive broken if this thin cardboard personnel within the laboratory to thoroughly understand container is merely placed in an envelope for mailing. A these regulations and to have sample copies of appropriate plastic slide container with a snap top is an excellent op documentation for referral. Regulations can be obtained from the Superintendent of All packages prepared for mailing should contain a Documents, U. Government Printing Office, Washington, complete information sheet about the specimen. Inquiries about Postal Service publications dress label should be enclosed inside the package, as well may be directed to U. Also, remember that Regulations can be obtained from Publications Assistant, if you use an overnight carrier, the address must also International Air Transport Association, 2000 Peel Street, contain a street address, not just a P. Biological prod ucts can be finished or unfinished; are intended for use in the prevention, treatment, or diagnosis of disease in humans or animals; and can be used for investigational, experimental, or development purposes. Biological products include such common items as clinical microbiology reagents and kits, serologic reagents, diagnostic reagents, and vaccines. In certain parts of the world, some licensed biological products are regarded as biohazardous and either are subject to compliance criteria specified for infectious substances or must adhere to other restrictions imposed by the government of that country. Biological substance, Any infectious substance that does not meet the criteria for a category A substance. Category A substance An infectious substance or microorganism that is transported in a form which, when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability or is life-threatening. Category B substance An infectious substance which does not meet category A criteria; an infectious substance not in a form capable of caus ing disability, life-threatening illness, or a fatal disease. Category B substances generally are considered to be (i) patient or clinical specimens reasonably expected to contain, or being cultured or otherwise tested for, a non-category A patho gen and (ii) cultures of microorganisms not specifically listed in category A. This definition refers to typical laboratory cul tures of microorganisms grown in broth or on solid media. Typical clinical cultures may be classified as either category A or category B, depending on the organism concerned and the professional judgment of the shipper (49). Diagnostic or clinical A category B infectious substance; an infectious substance which does not meet the criteria for category A; generally specimen considered to be clinical specimens such as swabs, tissue, and body fluids commonly encountered in a clinical labora tory and being cultured or otherwise tested for a pathogen. Infectious substance A substance which is known or reasonably expected to contain pathogens (microorganisms which can cause disease in humans and animals); material known to contain or reasonably suspected of containing a category A or B pathogen or substance; can be a class (class 6), a division (division 6. Packaging All of the materials used to contain a shipped substance and to prepare the substance for shipping; the container (recep tacle) and its associated components. Pathogen A microorganism (bacterium, mycobacterium, fungus, parasite, virus, plasmid, genetic element, proteinaceous infectious particle [prion], or genetically modified organism) that is known to cause or is reasonably expected to be able to cause disease in humans or animals. Patient specimen Material collected from humans or animals, including but not limited to excreta, secreta, blood and its components, tis sue, body fluids, body organs and parts, and swabs of human material, being transported for purposes such as research, diagnosis, investigational activities, and disease treatment and prevention. Primary specimen the innermost packaging containing a diagnostic specimen or infectious substance; composed of glass, metal, or plastic; container must be leakproof; must be positively sealed if it contains an infectious substance. The person who signs the Shipper’s Declaration is the person who accepts responsibility for the accuracy of the information on the document. Culture and patient specimen have been defined, and the definitions are user-friendly. Classification of infectious substances according to risk groups has been replaced by classification of substances into either category A sub stance, category B substance, exempt human or animal specimen, exempt substance, and patient specimen. For example, a package labeled “Infectious Substance, Affecting Humans (Hepatitis C Virus)” is now labeled “Infectious Substance, Affecting Humans.

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