Summer 2014 Update

summer 2014

It’s been another busy quarter on the blog, with some updates from ECCMID and APIC, the inaugural ‘Journal Roundup’ plus a few key studies.

Please keep your responses coming – and let me know if you’d like to contribute a guest blog!

Photo: ‘Summer’ by Matteo Angelino


2014 Spring Update

Easter Bunny

It’s been a busy quarter on the blog; please see below for the blog posts since the Christmas update (which now seems like a long time ago!).

The SHEA and HIS/IPS spring conferences provided much food for thought. Also, I was delighted to host a guest blog from Prof Sally Bloomfield on What do we mean by ‘cleaning’ and ‘disinfection’?, which prompted some fascinating discussion. If you’re interested in contributing a guest blog, these are always welcome, so please let me know.

Thanks as ever for the comments – please do keep them coming.



Photo credit: ‘Easter Bunny’ by Jimmy Hilario.

A Belated Christmas Stocking

Christmas Eve MagicIf your Christmas Stocking disappointed, perhaps we can help. There were loads of fascinating articles published during 2013 that I had on my list to cover on the blog, but just ran out of time. So, rather than letting them fall into the ether, I thought I’d point you in their general direction!

New and novel aspects of environmental contamination:

Which interventions work to control hospital transmission?


Photo credit: Bo Insogna.

Christmas 2013 Update

Christmas presentsWelcome to the Micro Blog Christmas 2013 Update! These articles have been published since the last update:

It’s been an enjoyable last few months on the blog, with lots of comments and discussion, so thank-you for those; we do enjoy the interaction. In fact, the recent post on whether hospitals should provide single rooms for all patients has received a record number of comments!

Thank-you in particular to our guest bloggers, Rodney Rohde and Carolyn Dawson. Look out for more guest bloggers in 2014, and if you’re interesting in contributing to the blog, just let us know.

Micro Blog is now on Facebook, so if you like it, please ‘like’ it, if you like.

Finally, we do hope that you have a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year.

See you in 2014.

Jon and Saber.

Photo credit: allerleirau.

Micro Blog Autumn 2013 Update


The weather is turning colder and the leaves are beginning to turn, so that must mean it’s time for the Autumn Micro Blog Update! The following articles have been published on the blog since the Summer Update (listed in rough order of popularity based on number of visits):

As you can see, there’s been plenty of questions and comments, which is exactly what we want to see! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to add them to the blog.

We are planning reports from the upcoming Infection Prevention Society (IPS) conference in London, ID Week in San Francisco and the International Federation for Infection Control (IFIC) in Buenos Aires over the next month or so. Also, look out for some guest bloggers before the end of the year.

And finally…how does good hand hygiene smell? Quite good, according to this study showing that hand hygiene compliance was higher when a fresh scent was in the air!

Micro Blog Summer 2013 Update


Dear Readers,

It’s been a good few months on the blog with lots of comments. Please keep them coming; we enjoy the interaction.

The following articles have been posted since the spring update:

And finally… are you gearing up to go to a festival this summer? Then you would be wise to be on the look out for the following according to this articleCryptosporium parvumCampylobacter spp., Escherichia coliSalmonella entericaShigella sonneiStaphylococcus aureus, hepatitis A virus, influenza virus, measles virus, mumps virus and norovirus. Most are associated with faecal-oral transmission, which says something about music festivals, don’t you think?

Don’t forget, you can subscribe to the blog to receive a notification via email each time a new article is published, or look out for updates on twitter here.

Saber and I both have the privilege of visiting ICPIC in Geneva this week. We plan to write a conference report on the blog next week.


Jon and Saber.

Micro Blog Spring 2013 update

Dear Readers,

The micro blog has been going well this year, with weekly updates. These are the featured posts:

It would be good to see some more discussion on the blog, so if you have any questions or comments, please don’t be shy! (There was a problem with blocking some email addresses, but that has now been fixed.)

We’ll continue to update the blog with the latest articles weekly. Look out for twitter updates here, and quarterly emails summarizing the top 5 blogs from the last few months.

If you’d like an email every time the blog is updated, just let us know.


Jon & Saber.