About the Journal

Journal of Hospital Infection

The Journal of Hospital Infection is the official scientific journal of the Society.

The Journal seeks to promote collaboration between the many disciplines in infection prevention and control in different countries resulting in multidisciplinary and international coverage of the latest developments in this crucial area. 

The Editor-in-Chief invites submissions of original papers, leading articles and correspondence in English, on all aspects of healthcare-associated infection as well as reviews on subjects of current interest.  You can make a submission online via the Journal website where instructions to authors can also be found. 

Welcome to the first issue of the Journal of Hospital Infection with our new visual identity. The new look cover features this month's special section on Antibiotic Stewardship. The section opens with a systematic review of antimicrobial stewardship programmes in children, which reminds us of the dearth of research in this area and also of the lack of evidence that current programmes have reduced consumption of antibiotics, or broad-spectrum antibiotic use, in PICUs. In other paediatric studies Murray et al report widespread antibiotic use in paediatric long-term care facilities, amounting to 2.75 antibiotic courses per 1000 resident-days, while Chou et  al investigate the scope for electronic health records to optimize empiric antibiotic therapy for BSIs caused by GNB. Papers by O'Donnell et al and Nakagawa et al explore how new laboratory technologies may assist with antibiotic stewardship.

In a virology section there are some articles on respiratory viruses; the paper by Gallagher et al is a particularly interesting reminder of the morbidity caused by respiratory viruses in care homes. Meanwhile, Maltezou et al propose an interesting approach to improve influenza vaccine uptake by healthcare workers - a day off work as an incentive!

Finally three papers on the management of risks associated with high-consequence infectious diseases are highlighted. Kang et al found that adding colouring to chlorine solutions facilitated improved chlorine disinfection procedures. A pair of articles describe the development and use of ‘VIOLET’: a new training tool for simulation exercises.

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Editorial Team

Editor in Chief 

J. Gray (Birmingham, UK)


B. Oppenheim (Birmingham, UK)

N. Mahida (Nottingham, UK)

Specialist Editors

B. Cooper (Bangkok, Thailand)

P. Hoffman (London, UK)

F. Jabeen (Nottingham, UK)

A. Smith (Glasgow, UK)

C. Tarrant (Leicester, UK)

International Editorial Board

A. Agodi (Catania, Italy)

L. S. Aho Glele (Dijon, France)

E. Alp (Kayseri, Turkey)

J. Al-Tawfiq (Dhahran, Saudi Arabia)

B. M. Andersen (Oslo, Norway)

L. Andersen (Copenhagen, Denmark)

A. Apisarnthanarak (Pratumthani, Thailand)

F . Barbut (Paris, France)

M. Baxter (Exeter, UK)

A. Bennett (Salisbury, UK)

A. Berrington (Sunderland, UK)

I. Blenkharn (London, UK)

C. Block (Jerusalem, Israel)

M. Borg (Msida, Malta)

T. Boswell (Nottingham, UK)

S. Brusaferro (Udine, Italy)

P. Carling (Boston, USA)

V. Cheng (Hong Kong)

J. Child (Harrogate, UK)

T. Chinniah (Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei)

A. Chowdhary (Delhi, India)

D. Coleman (Dublin, Ireland)

A. Colville (Exeter, UK)

R. Cooke (Liverpool, UK)

M. Cooper (Wolverhampton, UK)

G. Corcoran (Cork, Ireland)

R. Cunningham (Plymouth, UK)

L. Curtis (New York, USA)

S. Dancer (East Kilbride, UK)

C. Dawson (Coventry, UK)

S. Dawson (Swindon, UK)

M. Diggle (Glasgow, UK)

C. Dunne (Limerick, Ireland)

T. Elumogo (Norwich, UK)

D. Enoch (Cambridge, UK)

G. Ersöz (Mersin, Turkey)

F. Falkiner (Dublin, Ireland)

C. Fry (London, UK)

A. Gardner (Watson, Australia)

M. Garvey (Birmingham, UK)

P. Gastmeier (Berlin, Germany)

S. Goldenberg (London, UK)

K. Gould (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

A. Guyot (Dortmund, Germany)

Z. Hassan Al-Wahsh (Zarqa, Jordan)

A. Holmes   (London, UK)

H. Humphreys (Dublin, Ireland)

T. Inkster (Glasgow, UK)

M. Ip (Hong Kong)

A. Jeanes (London, UK)

P. Jenks (Plymouth, UK)

S. Jog (Exeter, UK)

N. Jonathan (Wrexham, UK)

P. Jumaa (Birmingham, UK)

G. Kampf (Greifswald, Germany)

M. Kiernan (Brentford, UK)

L. Kingston (Limerick, Ireland)

P. Lal (Kent, UK)

P. Lambert (Birmingham, UK)

S. Lang (Glasgow, UK)

T. Lejko Zupanc (Ljubljana, Solvenia)

D. Lepelletier (Nantes, France)

M. Licker  (Timisoara, Romania)

J. Lipman (Brisbane, Australia)

B. Lopman (Atlanta, USA)

J. Lucet (Paris, France)

D. Malik (Loughborough, UK)

H. Maltezou (Athens, Greece)

M. McLaws (Sydney, Australia)

M. Meda (Frimley, UK)

S. Mehtar (Cape Town, South Africa)

M. Millar (London, UK)

S. Millership (Witham, UK)

A. Mitchell (Apopka, USA)

P. Moore (Gloucester, UK)

M. Morgan (Exeter, UK)

K. Morikane (Yamagata, Japan)

L. S. Munoz-Price (Milwaukee, USA)

P. Munthali (Coventry, UK)

M. Narayanan (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

B. Newsholme (London, UK)

N. O’Sullivan (Dublin, Ireland)

E. Olson (Edinburgh, UK)

A. Omrani (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

J. Orendi (Stoke-on-Trent, UK)

M. Padoveze (São Paulo, Brazil)

P. Parneix (Bordeaux, France)

M. Patel (Birmingham, UK)

D. Pittet (Geneva, Switzerland)

P. Ramakrishna (Bangalore, India)

N. Ratnaraja (Birmingham, UK)

J. Reilly (Glasgow, UK)

E. Rousham (Loughborough, UK)

W. Rutala (Chapel Hill, USA)

S. Saint (Ann Arbor, USA)

S. Salmon (Sydney, Australia)

S. Sengupta (Haryana, India)

S. Shalhoub (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)

J. Stephenson (Carshalton, UK)

R. Szabó (Budapest, Hungary)

L. Teare (Chelmsford, UK)

E. Van Kleef (London, UK)

A-G. Venier (Bordeaux, France)

K. Vickery (North Ryde, Australia)

M. Vos  (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

A. Walker (Pentraeth, UK)

J. Walker (Salisbury, UK)

M. Weinbren (Chesterfield, UK)

M. Wilcox (Leeds, UK)

J-R. Zahar (Paris, France)

W. Zingg (Geneva, Switzerland)