Promoting collaboration: nurses’ antimicrobial stewardship in Brazil and Glasgow

By Professor Caroline Lopes Ciofi Silva From October 10th to October 15th I visited the Safeguarding Health through Infection Prevention (SHIP) Research group at Glasgow Caledonian University. My trip was funded by the Global Research Nurses, a network focusing on supporting nurses who conduct research around the world. As part of their activities, they launched…

Blasting biofilms – how microbiology has shifted focus

In this month’s blog post, Dr William Johnston, a research assistant in Biological and Biomedical Sciences and a member of the SHIP team, outlines how biofilms are changing microbiology research. I have been involved in microbiology research since back in my undergraduate days here at GCU, where I was focussing on catheter-related bloodstream infections. After graduating…

SHIP team reviews the evidence on important aspects of hand hygiene for the World Health Organization

By Katie Hendry, Dr Lucyna Gozdzielewska and Prof Lesley Price Effective hand hygiene among healthcare staff is one of the most important infection prevention strategies available worldwide. Hand hygiene also helps individuals to effectively reduce bacteria on their hands in their daily lives. However, uncertainty remains concerning a range of issues related to hand hygiene,…

Can a mobile app help healthcare workers master the correct hand hygiene technique? Our recent paper answers this question

While it is well known that hand hygiene helps to prevent infections in both healthcare and community settings, to be effective it needs to be performed in the correct way by using the 6-step technique, recommended by the World Health Organization. For this reason, healthcare workers are taught the 6-step hand hygiene technique during their…

Testimonials from budding researchers on funded summer studentships in GCU microbiology and food labs

It was a very busy summer in our GCU microbiology and food labs this year with three undergraduate students being awarded funded summer studentships. These students joined up with Ph.D. and other postgraduate students and undertook 8-week research placements. These placements were very successful and a massive thank you to the British Mycological Society, Microbiology…

New publication highlights influences on nurse prescribers’ antibiotic prescribing practice

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has been declared one of the greatest threats to global health. Resistance occurs when a microbe mutates or acquires genetic information from another microbe, making it resistant to antibiotics. There are many contributing factors, one being antibiotic use in humans, therefore, improving antibiotic prescribing is crucial. Most available research on antimicrobial prescribing…

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