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GMS Hygiene and Infection Control

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Krankenhaushygiene (DGKH)

ISSN 2196-5226

Welcome

GMS Hygiene and Infection Control (GMS HIC) is an international open access journal, published by the German Society of Hospital Hygiene (DGKH) and jointly supported by the Austrian Society of Hospital Hygiene, the Belgium Indoor Air Quality Society (IAQ), the French Society of Hospital Hygiene (FSH), the Polish Society of Clinical Microbiology, the Polish Society for Scientific Treatment of Wounds and the Turkish Disinfection, Antisepsis and Sterilization Association (DAS).

GMS HIC publishes research articles, review articles, case reports, guidelines and recommendation of the professional societies involved in the publication of GMS HIC, recommendations of the commission of Hospital Hygiene and Infection Control (KRINKO) of the Robert Koch Institute, consensus statements of expert panels, and case reports from the field of hospital hygiene and prevention. A special focus is the prevention of surgical site infections and the antiseptic treatment of chronic wounds. A key objective is to ensure patient safety and minimize health risks for health care workers (HCW). Further articles on ensuring hygienic indoor conditions (physical, chemical, climatic factors) are welcome, because of their importance for the recovery process of the patients and ensuring the health of HCW.

The journal offers experts from the field of infection control, hospital hygiene, microbiology, infectiology, wound management,  and patient safety the opportunity to publish their results online. Every submission is subject to a thorough peer review. All articles are published in English.

Up to 2012 the journal has been published under the title “GMS Krankenhaushygiene Interdisziplinär”.


Recent Publications
GMS Hygiene and Infection Control Volume 19

Research Article

Secapin: a promising antimicrobial peptide against multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

Sadeghi Rad Z, Farahmand M, Kavousi M
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc36 (20240709)
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Research Article

Prevalence of methicillin sensitive and resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriage among German emergency medical providers

Weiss A, Kramer A, Taube R, Mattner F, Premke K
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc35 (20240621)
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Research Article

Bibliometric analysis of publication trends on ocular hygiene and infections in the past two decades

Ali M, Naseer B, Insaf Ahmed RA, Talha M, Saqib M, Anwar A
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc34 (20240621)
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Case Report

Primary ovarian hydatid cyst mimicking cyst adenoma: a rare case report

Bahadoran E, Samieerad F, Molaverdikhani S, Gholamzadeh Khoei S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc33 (20240605)
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Research Article

Can toothbrushing reduce the intraoral viral load of SARS-CoV-2? A pilot study with a dentifrice containing an antimicrobial phthalocyanine derivative

Poleti ML, Gregório D, Bistaffa AGI, Vilhena FV, Simão ANC, Mori MTE, Stadtlober NP, Lozovoy MAB, da Silva Santos PS, Tatibana BT, Fernandes TMF
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc32 (20240605)
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Research Article

Effective manual cleaning as the first step of reprocessing glass probes of a medical device for non-invasive physical plasma therapy

Röcker R, Eggers B, Kramer A, Stope MB
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc31 (20240605)
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Research Article

Implementation of stethoscope disinfection: an observational study on nursing staff practice and knowledge

Şahan S, Güler S, Korkmaz E
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc30 (20240517)
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Review Article

Post-operative infections after cardiothoracic surgery and vascular procedures: a bibliometric and visual analysis of the 100 most-cited articles in the past 2 decades

Ali M, Akram B, Bokhari MZ, Ahmed A, Anwar A, Talha M, Insaf Ahmed RA, Mehmood AM, Naseer B
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc29 (20240517)
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Research Article

Oral herpes simplex virus infection in patients undergoing chemotherapy – an integrative review

Carvalho AR, da Silva RL, Vieira Neto EC, Carneiro M, Motta ACF, Campanelli AP, Fischer Rubira CM, da Silva Santos PS
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc28 (20240517)
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Research Article

Incidence of side effects of antituberculosis drugs and their related factors in northern Iran: a retrospective cohort study

Kheradmand M, Afshari M, Aarabi M, Abedi S, Parsaee M, Nezammahalleh A, Moosazadeh M
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc27 (20240517)
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Research Article

Clonal spread of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole–resistant Stenotrophomonas maltophilia isolates in a tertiary hospital

Parkan ÖM, Kiliç H, Alp E, Timur D, Gündoğdu A, Ünaldi Ö, Durmaz R
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc26 (20240517)
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Research Article

Characterization of genes involved in the iron acquisition system of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii

Azimi L, Hasani H, Karimi A, Fahimzad SA, Fallah F, Fatehi S, Armin S, Sadr M
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc25 (20240517)
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Research Article

Prevalence of heteroresistant Helicobacter pylori and treatment follow-up in patients in Ilam, Iran

Hosseini S, Mahdian N, Gheitani L, Mahmoudi M, Raftari M, Hematian A, Bahmaninejad P, Badakhsh B, Ghafourian S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc24 (20240517)
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Research Article

Impact of conducting hand hygiene audits during the COVID-19 pandemic in an intensive care unit at a tertiary care centre in Kerala, India

Mohandas A, Valsan C, Joseph S, Varghese R, Baby J, Jacob S, Sani N, Babu S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc23 (20240430)
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Research Article

Heat-related mortality in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 2000 to 2023

Heudorf U, Kowall B, Domann E, Steul K
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc22 (20240430)
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Review Article

Cell-based influenza vaccines: An effective vaccine option for under 60-year-olds

Gärtner BC, Beier D, Gosch G, Wahle K, Wendt L, Förster LC, Schmidt KJ, Schwarz TF
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc21 (20240430)
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Commentary

The new reporting obligation for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in Germany – a critical view

Heudorf U, Marcic A, Steul KS
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc20 (20240417)
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Research Article

From wild-type to Omicron: changes in SARS-CoV-2 hospital cluster dynamics. Observations from a German tertiary care hospital

Kohlmorgen B, Brodzinski A, Jendrossek S, Jeske T, Putsch AK, Weisker M, Schneider S, Schwab F, Gastmeier P, Hansen S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc19 (20240417)
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Research Article

An innovative method to prevent infection when measuring the arterial blood gas SpO2 saturation

Şahan S, Güler S, Geçtan E, Aygün H
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc18 (20240417)
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Research Article

Use of antibiotics in long-term care facilities for the elderly in Germany – point prevalence as a possible first step for data-based antibiotic stewardship

Heudorf U, Stalla K
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc17 (20240417)
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Research Article

Hygienic evaluation of the Resourcify GmbH concept for recovering raw materials from recyclable medical devices after surgery

Kramer A, Brill FHH
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc16 (20240417)
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Research Article

Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence and robotics impact on attaining competitive advantage for sustainable development in hospitals with conclusions for future research approaches

Pavithra N, Afza N
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc15 (20240315)
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Review Article

Surgical smoke: a matter of hygiene, toxicology, and occupational health

Kahramansoy N
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc14 (20240305)
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Recommendation

Hygiene requirements for cleaning and disinfection of surfaces: recommendation of the Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO) at the Robert Koch Institute

Commission for Hospital Hygiene and Infection Prevention (KRINKO)
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc13 (20240305)
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Research Article

Unveiling the gender gap in research: a bibliometric analysis of the 100 most-cited articles on food-borne pathogen outbreaks from 1990 to 2020

Naseer B, Insaf Ahmed RA, Ali M, Talha M, Azizullah S, Anwar A
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc12 (20240305)
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Short communication

Prevalence of dental caries in a pediatric population during the COVID-19 omicron pandemic era in South India

Gunasekaran M, Shunmugavelu K, Ponnusamy K, Shinde A, Azhagarsamy S, Murali S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc11 (20240305)
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Research Article

Bacterial co-infections and secondary infections and their antimicrobial resistance in Covid-19 patients during the second pandemic wave

Attal R, Deotale V
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc10 (20240305)
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Research Article

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in dental healthcare workers – a systematic review and meta-analysis

Schwarz KM, Nienhaus A, Diel R
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc09 (20240305)
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Case Report

Clinical symptoms, pathogenesis and postoperative course of non-specific constrictive pericarditis with dumbbell-shaped heart

Sabzi F, Faraji R, Khoshnood S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc08 (20240221)
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Research Article

Can the adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence assay be used as an indicator for hospital cleaning? – A pilot study

Niephaus V, Parohl N, Heiligtag S, Reuter H, Hackler R, Popp W
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc07 (20240221)
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Research Article

Engineering, feasibility, and safety of force-controlled oropharyngeal swabs with a 3D-printed feedback system FCCSS (force controlled COVID-19 swab study) – a preliminary study

Melcher P, Metzner F, Schleifenbaum S, Wendler T, Rahden P, Pietsch C, Hepp P, Henkelmann R
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc06 (20240221)
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Research Article

Use of phthalocyanine-derived mouthwash as a protective factor for COVID-19: a community trial

Brito Reia VC, Vilhena FV, Marques Honório H, Marques da Costa Alves L, da Silva Bastos R, da Silva Santos PS
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc05 (20240221)
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Research Article

Determining the coverage and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccination program at the community level in children aged 12 to 17 in Tehran

Tabatabaei SR, Babaie D, Hoseini-Alfatemi SM, Shamshiri A, Karimi A
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc04 (20240130)
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Research Article

Evaluation of a microscale quantitative suspension test to determine the bactericidal and yeasticidal activity of glutaral – one step to improve sustainability in disinfectant testing

Gebel J, Rausch M, Bienentreu K, Droop F, Eggers M, Gebel L, Gemein S, Hornei B, Ilschner C, Jacobshagen A, Kampf G, Papan C, Roesch K, Schmitz L, Suchomel M, Vossebein L, Mutters NT, Exner M
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc03 (20240130)
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Research Article

Outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in a geriatric acute-care ward during summer 2023: current aspects of infection control in the postpandemic period

Lange B, Mesquita G, Burkhardt H, Gerigk M, Heininger A
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc02 (20240130)
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Research Article

Oral foci of infection in pediatric population during COVID-19 omicron pandemic era

Gunasekaran M, Shunmugavelu K, Ponnusamy K, Shinde A, Azhagarsamy S, Murali S
GMS Hyg Infect Control 2024; 19:Doc01 (20240130)
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