Diagnostic issues and capabilities in 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries

Data from EuroNHID surveys

Simon Djamel Thiberville, Stefan Schilling, Giuseppina De Iaco, Francesco Maria Fusco, Gail Thomson, Helen C. Maltezou, Rene Gottschalk, Reinhard H. Brodt, Barbara Bannister, Vincenzo Puro, Giuseppe Ippolito, Philippe Brouqui

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Abstract

Background: Highly infectious diseases (HIDs) are defined as being transmissible from person to person, causing life-threatening illnesses and presenting a serious public health hazard. The sampling, handling and transport of specimens from patients with HIDs present specific bio-safety concerns. Findings. The European Network for HID project aimed to record, in a cross-sectional study, the infection control capabilities of referral centers for HIDs across Europe and assesses the level of achievement to previously published guidelines. In this paper, we report the current diagnostic capabilities and bio-safety measures applied to diagnostic procedures in these referral centers. Overall, 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries were evaluated. Although 81% of these referral centers are located near a biosafety level 3 laboratory, 11% and 31% of them still performed their microbiological and routine diagnostic analyses, respectively, without bio-safety measures. Conclusions: The discrepancies among the referral centers surveyed between the level of practices and the European Network of Infectious Diseases (EUNID) recommendations have multiple reasons of which the interest of the individuals in charge and the investment they put in preparedness to emerging outbreaks. Despite the fact that the less prepared centers can improve by just updating their practice and policies any support to help them to achieve an acceptable level of biosecurity is welcome.

Original languageEnglish
Article number527
JournalBMC Research Notes
Volume5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Communicable Diseases
Referral and Consultation
Safety
Specimen Handling
Health hazards
Public health
Infection Control
Disease Outbreaks
Public Health
Cross-Sectional Studies
Surveys and Questionnaires
Guidelines
Sampling

Keywords

  • Communicable diseases
  • Critical pathway
  • Diagnostic techniques and procedures
  • European Union
  • Infection control
  • Patient isolation

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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Thiberville, S. D., Schilling, S., De Iaco, G., Fusco, F. M., Thomson, G., Maltezou, H. C., ... Brouqui, P. (2012). Diagnostic issues and capabilities in 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries: Data from EuroNHID surveys. BMC Research Notes, 5, [527]. https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-5-527

Diagnostic issues and capabilities in 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries : Data from EuroNHID surveys. / Thiberville, Simon Djamel; Schilling, Stefan; De Iaco, Giuseppina; Fusco, Francesco Maria; Thomson, Gail; Maltezou, Helen C.; Gottschalk, Rene; Brodt, Reinhard H.; Bannister, Barbara; Puro, Vincenzo; Ippolito, Giuseppe; Brouqui, Philippe.

In: BMC Research Notes, Vol. 5, 527, 2012.

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Thiberville, SD, Schilling, S, De Iaco, G, Fusco, FM, Thomson, G, Maltezou, HC, Gottschalk, R, Brodt, RH, Bannister, B, Puro, V, Ippolito, G & Brouqui, P 2012, 'Diagnostic issues and capabilities in 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries: Data from EuroNHID surveys', BMC Research Notes, vol. 5, 527. https://doi.org/10.1186/1756-0500-5-527
Thiberville, Simon Djamel ; Schilling, Stefan ; De Iaco, Giuseppina ; Fusco, Francesco Maria ; Thomson, Gail ; Maltezou, Helen C. ; Gottschalk, Rene ; Brodt, Reinhard H. ; Bannister, Barbara ; Puro, Vincenzo ; Ippolito, Giuseppe ; Brouqui, Philippe. / Diagnostic issues and capabilities in 48 isolation facilities in 16 European countries : Data from EuroNHID surveys. In: BMC Research Notes. 2012 ; Vol. 5.
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