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!