Elizabeth Brodkin

Elizabeth Brodkin
Fraser Health | FH · Infection Prevention and Control

Doctor of Medicine

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Background Early identification of patients colonized with carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) facilitates the implementation of appropriate infection control measures and reduces nosocomial transmission. Sequential screening for CPE colonization of close contacts of known cases to confirm initial negative results is recommended. Frase...
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On July 15 2016, Surrey Memorial Hospital's emergency department notified the medical health officer on call of a sharp increase in opioid overdose events in Surrey, Fraser Health Authority, in British Columbia, Canada. During July 15-18, the number of persons with suspected opioid overdose evaluated in Surrey Memorial Hospital's emergency departme...
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Carbapenemase-producing organisms (CPOs) are a serious emerging problem for healthcare facilities world-wide. Owing to their resistance to most antimicrobial therapies, CPOs are difficult to treat and pose a challenge for infection prevention and control. Since 2010, lab-based surveillance for CPOs and PCR-based testing were implemented in British...
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Perinatal transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV) can occur despite postexposure prophylaxis (PEP). Recent literature suggests that antiviral treatment during pregnancy when maternal HBV DNA levels are elevated can further decrease vertical transmission. However, HBV DNA screening is not routinely performed antenatally. OBJECTIVE: To determine the...
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Influenza is associated with a high mortality and morbidity in older adults. Vaccination remains the most effective method of preventing influenza and its consequences, however, vaccine effectiveness decreases with increasing age and increasing immunosenescence. In older adults, immunogenicity studies suggest an MF59 adjuvanted influenza vaccine (A...
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An outbreak of tuberculosis occurred over a 3-year period in a medium-size community in British Columbia, Canada. The results of mycobacterial interspersed repetitive unit-variable-number tandem-repeat (MIRU-VNTR) genotyping suggested the outbreak was clonal. Traditional contact tracing did not identify a source. We used whole-genome sequencing and...
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Lead and mercury are naturally occurring elements in the earth's crust and are common environmental contaminants. Because people concerned about possible exposures to these elements often seek advice from their physicians, clinicians need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of lead and mercury poisoning, how to investigate a possible exposure and...
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Background: Vertical transmission of hepatitis B may occur despite postexposure prophylaxis, and 90% of infected infants will progress to chronic infection. In 2005, the BC Centre for Disease Control collaborated with health authorities throughout the province to assess the immunization coverage of children born in 2001. Methods: A random sample of...
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The introduction of HAART has led to consistent improvements in survival among HIV-infected individuals. However, there is evidence that not all populations have benefited equally from HAART and that mortality rates are higher in HIV-infected injection drug users than in non-users. To model life expectancies for HIV-positive individuals subdivided...

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