Pediatric research priorities in healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship

Susan E. Coffin, Francisca Abanyie, Kristina Bryant, Joseph Cantey, Anthony Fiore, Stephanie Fritz, Judith Guzman-Cottrill, Adam L. Hersh, W. Charles Huskins, Larry K. Kociolek, Matthew Kronman, Ebbing Lautenbach, Grace Lee, Matthew Linam, Latania K. Logan, Aaron Milstone, Jason Newland, A. Christine Nyquist, Debra L. Palazzi, Sameer PatelKaren Puopolo, Sujan C. Reddy, Lisa Saiman, Thomas Sandora, Andi L. Shane, Michael Smith, Pranita D. Tamma, Theoklis Zaoutis, Danielle Zerr, Jeffrey S. Gerber

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Abstract Objective: To develop a pediatric research agenda focused on pediatric healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial stewardship topics that will yield the highest impact on child health. Participants: The study included 26 geographically diverse adult and pediatric infectious diseases clinicians with expertise in healthcare-associated infection prevention and/or antimicrobial stewardship (topic identification and ranking of priorities), as well as members of the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (topic identification). Methods: Using a modified Delphi approach, expert recommendations were generated through an iterative process for identifying pediatric research priorities in healthcare associated infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. The multistep, 7-month process included a literature review, interactive teleconferences, web-based surveys, and 2 in-person meetings. Results: A final list of 12 high-priority research topics were generated in the 2 domains. High-priority healthcare-associated infection topics included judicious testing for Clostridioides difficile infection, chlorhexidine (CHG) bathing, measuring and preventing hospital-onset bloodstream infection rates, surgical site infection prevention, surveillance and prevention of multidrug resistant gram-negative rod infections. Antimicrobial stewardship topics included β-lactam allergy de-labeling, judicious use of perioperative antibiotics, intravenous to oral conversion of antimicrobial therapy, developing a patient-level harm index for antibiotic exposure, and benchmarking and or peer comparison of antibiotic use for common inpatient conditions. Conclusions: We identified 6 healthcare-associated infection topics and 6 antimicrobial stewardship topics as potentially high-impact targets for pediatric research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)519-522
Number of pages4
JournalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021


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