Stephanie Dancer

Stephanie Dancer

Prof Stephanie Dancer

Professor

Biography

Dr Stephanie Dancer is a Consultant Microbiologist in NHS Lanarkshire and Professor of Microbiology at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. She has been editing the Journal of Hospital Infection for 20 years, five of them as editor-in-chief. She also edits for International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Infection, Disease & Health. She trained at Bart's Hospital in London followed by postgraduate studies at Guy's Hospital, where she gained a thesis on the epidemiology and biochemistry of toxin-producing staphylococci.
In 2002-05 Stephanie set up national MRSA surveillance in Scotland and helped establish the Scottish Microbiology Forum. She is currently a member of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) groups on infection control, MRSA & multi-resistant Gram-negative bacilli and NHS Scotland Cleaning & Decontamination committee.
Here research interests include: hospital cleaning, antimicrobial management, hospital-acquired infection and MRSA.

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A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection

Journal Article
Morawska, L., Allen, J., Bahnfleth, W., Bluyssen, P. M., Boerstra, A., Buonanno, G., …Yao, M. (2021)
A paradigm shift to combat indoor respiratory infection. Science, 372(6543), 689-691. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abg2025
There is great disparity in the way we think about and address different sources of environmental infection. Governments have for decades promulgated a large amount of legisla...

What is the relationship between indoor air quality parameters and airborne microorganisms in hospital environments? A systematic review and meta‐analysis

Journal Article
Hiwar, W., King, M., Shuweihdi, F., Fletcher, L. A., Dancer, S. J., & Noakes, C. J. (in press)
What is the relationship between indoor air quality parameters and airborne microorganisms in hospital environments? A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Indoor Air, https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12846
Airborne microorganisms in hospitals have been associated with several hospital‐acquired infections (HAIs), and various measures of indoor air quality (IAQ) parameters such as...

Can we do better? A guide to pandemics – some Dos and Don'ts for the next one

Journal Article
Tang, J. W., Kwok, K. O., Loh, T. P., Lee, C. K., Heraud, J., & Dancer, S. J. (2021)
Can we do better? A guide to pandemics – some Dos and Don'ts for the next one. Journal of Infection, 83(1), 119-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinf.2021.04.017
Specific features of any rapidly spread pathogen needs early recognition and assessment for possible pandemic potential. These include: inter-person transmissibility and expon...

Covid-19 has redefined airborne transmission

Journal Article
Tang, J. W., Marr, L. C., Li, Y., & Dancer, S. J. (2021)
Covid-19 has redefined airborne transmission. BMJ, 373, n913. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n913

How dirty is your QWERTY? The risk of healthcare pathogen transmission from computer keyboards

Journal Article
Ledwoch, K., Dancer, S., Otter, J., Kerr, K., Roposte, D., & Maillard, J. (2021)
How dirty is your QWERTY? The risk of healthcare pathogen transmission from computer keyboards. Journal of Hospital Infection, 112, 31-36. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2021.02.021
Introduction Healthcare environmental surfaces may be contaminated with micro-organisms that cause healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs). Special attention is paid to near-...

Systematic review on use, cost and clinical efficacy of automated decontamination devices

Journal Article
Dancer, S. J., & King, M. (2021)
Systematic review on use, cost and clinical efficacy of automated decontamination devices. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-021-00894-y
Background More evidence is emerging on the role of surface decontamination for reducing hospital-acquired infection (HAI). Timely and adequate removal of environmental pathog...

Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Journal Article
Tang, J. W., Bahnfleth, W. P., Bluyssen, P. M., Buonanno, G., Jimenez, J. L., Kurnitski, J., …Dancer, S. J. (2021)
Dismantling myths on the airborne transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). Journal of Hospital Infection, 110, 89-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.12.022
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused untold disruption and enhanced mortality rates around the world. Understanding the mechanisms for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is key to prevent...

The Clean pilot study: evaluation of an environmental hygiene intervention bundle in three Tanzanian hospitals

Journal Article
Gon, G., Kabanywanyi, A. M., Blinkhoff, P., Cousens, S., Dancer, S. J., Graham, W. J., …Aiken, A. M. (2021)
The Clean pilot study: evaluation of an environmental hygiene intervention bundle in three Tanzanian hospitals. Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1186/s13756-020-00866-8
Background Healthcare associated infections (HAI) are estimated to affect up to 15% of hospital inpatients in low-income countries (LICs). A critical but often neglected aspec...

Why is mock care not a good proxy for predicting hand contamination during patient care?

Journal Article
King, M., Wilson, A., López-García, M., Proctor, J., Peckham, D., Clifton, I., …Noakes, C. (2021)
Why is mock care not a good proxy for predicting hand contamination during patient care?. Journal of Hospital Infection, 109, 44-51. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.11.016
Healthcare worker (HCW) behaviours, such as the sequence of their contacts with surfaces and hand hygiene moments, are important for understanding disease transmission. Aim To...

Transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 by inhalation of respiratory aerosol in the Skagit Valley Chorale superspreading event

Journal Article
Miller, S. L., Nazaroff, W. W., Jimenez, J. L., Boerstra, A., Buonanno, G., Dancer, S. J., …Noakes, C. (2021)
Transmission of SARS‐CoV‐2 by inhalation of respiratory aerosol in the Skagit Valley Chorale superspreading event. Indoor Air, 31(2), 314-323. https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12751
During the 2020 COVID‐19 pandemic, an outbreak occurred following attendance of a symptomatic index case at a weekly rehearsal on 10 March of the Skagit Valley Chorale (SVC). ...