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Evaluation of Xpert Carba-R Assay v.2 to Detect Carbapenemase Genes in Two Hospitals in Korea

Byun JH, Kim YA, Kim M, Kim B, Choi JY, Park YS, Yong D

BACKGROUND: As the spread of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae poses a critical threat to public health, rapid detection of carbapenemase genes is urgently required for prompt initiation of appropriate antimicrobial therapy and...
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Recent Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Pneumocystis Pneumonia

Tasaka S

In human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a wellk-nown opportunistic infection and its management has been established. However, PCP is an emerging threat to immunocompromised patients...
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Season and Temperature Effects on Bloodstream Infection Incidence in a Korean Tertiary Referral Hospital

Sohn YS, Byun JH, Kim YA, Shin DC, Lee K

BACKGROUND: The weather has well-documented effects on infectious disease and reports suggest that summer peaks in the incidences of gram-negative bacterial infections among hospitalized patients. We evaluated how season and...
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Frequency of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Among M. tuberculosis Complex Strains Isolated from Clinical Specimen

Cho H, Kim JB, Uh Y

BACKGROUND: Rapid and accurate detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) is of primary importance for infection control and selection of anti-tuberculosis drugs. However, most clinical laboratories report MTB complex (MTC) without...
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First Pediatric Case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Korea

Park JY, Han MS, Park KU, Kim JY, Choi EH

The large outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that started in Wuhan, China has now spread to many countries worldwide. Current epidemiologic knowledge suggests that relatively few cases are seen...
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Estimation of the Number of HIV Infections and Time to Diagnosis in the Korea

Lee E, Kim J, Lee JY, Bang JH

BACKGROUND: Statistical data of undiagnosed people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) are of great importance to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection control. This study estimated the total number of...
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Updates on the Disinfection and Infection Control Process of the Accredited Endoscopy Unit

Shin JE, Jung Y, Lee JH, Son BK, Jang JY, Kim HK, Jang BI, The Quality Management Committee and the Disinfection Management Committee of Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

A thorough disinfection and infection control process associated with gastrointestinal endoscopy is highly important for the health and safety of the examinee and the medical staff involved in the procedure....
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Accredited Endoscopy Unit Program of Korea: Overview and Qualification

Kim JW, Cho YK, Kim JO, Jang JY, the Quality Management Committee of Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

The Korean Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy introduced the Accredited Endoscopy Unit Program to enhance endoscopy unit quality through systematic quality management in 2012. It was gradually expanded from training hospitals...
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Job Analysis of the Nursing Unit Managers of Women's Hospital Using DACUM Analysis

Son KS, Cho KS

PURPOSE: To analyze the job of nursing unit managers working at women's hospital, using DACUM (developing a curriculum), DACUM is a method for analyzing job-focused competency. METHODS: This study involved a...
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Historical Review of Leptospirosis in the Korea (1945 – 2015)

Kim MJ

Leptospirosis is a widespread worldwide zoonosis. Human leptospirosis was first identified in the Korea in 1984 as the cause of “epidemic pulmonary hemorrhagic fever of unknown etiology” that occurred sporadically...
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Investigation of a Mumps Outbreak in a Dental Clinic at a University Hospital

Lee JE, Lee SO, Kang JS, Yi J, Kim KH

BACKGROUND: The Korean Society of Infectious Diseases recommends non-mandatory vaccination of newly employed healthcare workers (HCWs) with 2 measles–mumps–rubella (MMR) vaccine doses. Here, we aimed to investigate the seroprevalence of...
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Changes in the Treatment Strategies for Helicobacter pylori Infection in Children and Adolescents in Korea

Jun JS, Seo JH, Park JS, Rhee KH, Youn HS

The policies developed for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection in adults may not be the most suitable ones to treat children and adolescents. Methods used to treat children and...
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Exploring How to Conduct Infection Prevention and Control Education in Undergraduate Nursing Programs in Korea: Focus Group Interview Analysis

Chang SO, Sohng KY, Kim K, Won J, Choi MJ, Chaung SK

PURPOSE: In the nursing profession, it is imperative that students are able to transfer their undergraduate knowledge and skills into practice to become competent nurses. The aim of this study...
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus screening is important for surgeons

Hyun IK, Park PJ, Park D, Choi SB, Han HJ, Song TJ, Jung CW, Kim WB

BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: Perioperative surgical site infection (SSI) remains a morbid complication even in successful surgical procedures. We encountered an unusual experience of a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-related SSI outbreak in our...
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Changes of the Core Competency of Infection Control Nurses in Accordance with the New Law Supporting Infection Control Manpower

Choi JS

Since the MERS outbreak in Korea in 2015, medical law has been revised to expand infection control manpower in order to strengthen infection control. This has resulted in a surge...
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Incidence of Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection in Hospitals with Less than 300 Beds

Park JJ, Seo YB, Kim SR, Park HJ, Eom JS, Yoo H, Chun HK, Choi JP, Lee J

BACKGROUND: Catheter-associated urinary tract infection is a major infection in healthcare facilities. We investigated the urinary catheter utilization ratio and incidence of catheter-associated urinary tract infections in small-sized hospitals with...
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A Survey on the Scabies Outbreak and Infection Control

Kim SJ, Jeong JS, Park ES, Choi SH

BACKGROUND: Scabies is a skin disease caused by Sarcoptesscabiei var. hominis and is transmitted through skin contact. In Korea, its prevalence has decreased since 1990 to approximately
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Norovirus Outbreak in a Kindergarten: Human to Human Transmission among Children

Kim S, Kim YW, Ryu S, Kim JW

An outbreak of acute gastroenteritis was reported from a kindergarten on January 5, 2018 and investigation was conducted. A case was defined as a kindergartener presented with vomiting or diarrhea...
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Epidemiological Investigation of the Outbreak of Acute Respiratory Infection caused by Adenovirus Type B55 in a Physical Education School in 2017

Song J, Lee H, Cho E

BACKGROUND: On May 19, 2017, the cluster of 6 acute respiratory infections due to adenovirus in the swimming department of a physical education school (School J) was reported to Korea...
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Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Rapid Laboratory Diagnosis and Surveillance Culture for Infection Control

Woo KS

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are increasing rapidly worldwide and in South Korea, which is a major problem for patient treatment and infection control. CRE is mainly due to carbapenem-hydrolyzing β-lactamase, which...
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