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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33 results

Influence of ventilation use and occupant behaviour on surface microorganisms in contemporary social housing

Journal Article
Sharpe, T., McGill, G., Dancer, S. J., King, M., Fletcher, L., & Noakes, C. J. (2020)
Influence of ventilation use and occupant behaviour on surface microorganisms in contemporary social housing. Scientific Reports, 10(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-68809-2
In the context of increasingly airtight homes, there is currently little known about the type and diversity of microorganisms in the home, or factors that could affect their a...

How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimised?

Journal Article
Morawska, L., Tang, J. W., Bahnfleth, W., Bluyssen, P. M., Boerstra, A., Buonanno, G., …Yao, M. (2020)
How can airborne transmission of COVID-19 indoors be minimised?. Environment International, 142, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2020.105832
During the rapid rise in COVID-19 illnesses and deaths globally, and notwithstanding recommended precautions, questions are voiced about routes of transmission for this pandem...

Putting a balance on the aerosolization debate around SARS-CoV-2

Journal Article
Dancer, S. J., Tang, J. W., Marr, L. C., Miller, S., Morawska, L., & Jimenez, J. L. (2020)
Putting a balance on the aerosolization debate around SARS-CoV-2. Journal of Hospital Infection, 105(3), 569-570. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.05.014
No abstract available.

Bacterial Transfer To Fingertips During Sequential Surface Contacts With And Without Gloves

Journal Article
King, M., López‐García, M., Atedoghu, K. P., Zhang, N., Wilson, A. M., Weterings, M., …Fletcher, L. A. (in press)
Bacterial Transfer To Fingertips During Sequential Surface Contacts With And Without Gloves. Indoor Air, https://doi.org/10.1111/ina.12682
Bacterial transmission from contaminated surfaces via hand contact plays a critical role in disease spread. However, the fomite‐to‐finger transfer efficiency of microorganisms...

Reducing hand recontamination of healthcare workers during COVID-19

Journal Article
Gon, G., Dancer, S., Dreibelbis, R., Graham, W. J., & Kilpatrick, C. (2020)
Reducing hand recontamination of healthcare workers during COVID-19. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 41(7), 870-871. https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2020.111
No abstract available.

Dynamic Transmission of Staphylococcus Aureus in the Intensive Care Unit

Journal Article
Adams, C. E., & Dancer, S. J. (2020)
Dynamic Transmission of Staphylococcus Aureus in the Intensive Care Unit. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6), https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17062109
Staphylococcus aureus is an important bacterial pathogen. This study utilized known staphylococcal epidemiology to track S. aureus between patients, surfaces, staff hands and ...

Revising Nightingale's legacy

Journal Article
Dancer, S. (2020)
Revising Nightingale's legacy. Journal of Hospital Infection, 105(2), ‏ 344-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2020.03.016
The recent editorial from this Journal does well to highlight the benefits of hand hygiene once again [ 1 ]. It is entirely appropriate to support the need for clean hands, es...

Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study

Journal Article
Oon, A., Reading, E., Ferguson, J., Dancer, S., & Mitchell, B. (2020)
Measuring environmental contamination in critical care using dilute hydrogen peroxide (DHP) technology: An observational cross-over study. Infection, Disease & Health, 25(2), 107-112. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idh.2019.12.005
Background The environment has an important role in the transmission of healthcare associated infections. This has encouraged interest in novel methods to improve hygiene in h...

Do pneumatic tube transport systems transmit potential pathogens? A hygienic risk assessment in a university hospital

Journal Article
Khaznadar, L., Dancer, S., Petersmann, A., Seifert, U., Below, H., Papke, R., …Kramer, A. (2020)
Do pneumatic tube transport systems transmit potential pathogens? A hygienic risk assessment in a university hospital. Journal of Hospital Infection, 104(3), 374-380. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.11.009
Background Prompted by an outbreak of vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in a medical facility, this study examined a pneumatic tube transport system (PTS) as a potential ...

Hand antisepsis without decreasing efficacy by shortening the rub-in time of alcohol-based handrubs to 15 seconds

Journal Article
Harnoss, J., Dancer, S., Kaden, C., Baguhl, R., Kohlmann, T., Papke, R., …Kramer, A. (2020)
Hand antisepsis without decreasing efficacy by shortening the rub-in time of alcohol-based handrubs to 15 seconds. Journal of Hospital Infection, 104(4), 419-424. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhin.2019.09.004
Background A previous study among neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses showed that the antibacterial efficacy of alcohol-based handrubs (ABHR) can be achieved in 15 s in...