Research nurses: critical members of clinical research study teams: The experience of the ECONI (Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection) study.

This week’s piece is by Sally Stewart, Research Project Manager ECONI study and SHIP team member/PhD student. The Evaluation of Cost of Nosocomial Infection (ECONI) investigated the cost and impact of Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) or Nosocomial Infection (NI) to patients, the health service and the wider community. To meet this aim, the team developed…

The SHIP team shine a light on strategies for improving antimicrobial stewardship in farming

In a recently published SHIP team paper—co-authored with colleagues from Health Protection Scotland and the University of Strathclyde—the findings of a scoping review of approaches for improving antimicrobial stewardship in livestock farmers and veterinarians are reported. This is an important topic, because microorganisms’ ability to defeat antimicrobials, known as antimicrobial resistance, is an increasing threat…

More research is needed into the economic impact of surgical site infection prevention

In a recently accepted paper by the SHIP team, PhD student Agi McFarland, Professor Jacqui Reilly, Professor Helen Mason and Dr Sarkis Manoukian highlight a need for more robust evidence base in relation to surgical site infection (SSI) prevention. SSIs present a significant burden to healthcare and patients in terms of excess length of stay,…

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