Welcome to our Research Behind Infection Prevention segment, where Dr. Mohamed Yassin asks

top researchers to help us make sense of cutting edge
infection prevention research and its findings. 

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Podcast – Episode 024 


The Research Behind Preventing CIED Infections with Antibacterial Envelopes

Dr. Samir Saba & Dr. Mohamed Yassin

November 22, 2019

In this episode, Professor of Medicine Dr. Samir Saba helps explain the latest research into using antibacterial envelopes to prevent Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) infections.


Dr. Saba answers questions about two studies: The New England Journal of Medicine, “Antibacterial Envelope to Prevent Cardiac Implantable Device Infection,” May 16, 2019. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, “Real-world effectiveness of infection prevention interventions for reducing procedure-related cardiac device infections: Insights from the veterans affairs clinical assessment reporting and tracking program," 2019.  

More about Dr. Samir Saba:


Samir Saba, MD, FACC, FHRS, is

Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and Division Chief of Cardiology and Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Dr. Saba is a cardiac electrophysiologist by training, with extensive expertise in device and ablation therapy for arrhythmias and in lead management procedures for device infections. He is an active clinical and translational researcher who has authored more than 250 original manuscripts.


He has received funding from the American Heart Association, the National institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology, and from industry sources. His research has focused on predictors and device management affecting sudden cardiac death.

Podcast – Episode 022 


The Research Behind Chlorhexidine for Meatal Cleaning in Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs)

Dr. Brett Mitchell & Dr. Mohamed Yassin

August 6, 2019

Today Professor of Nursing Dr. Brett Mitchell helps us understand his research into using Chlorhexidine for meatal cleaning to reduce CAUTIs: “Chlorhexidine for meatal cleaning in reducing catheter-associated urinary tract infections: a multicentre stepped-wedge randomised controlled trial,” The Lancet - Infectious Diseases, June 2019. 

More about Dr. Brett Mitchell:


Dr. Mitchell, PHD, MAP, CAHM, BN, is Professor of Nursing at the University of Newcastle School of Nursing and Midwifery. 


Dr. Mitchell has received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), the HCF Foundation, Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control, as well as industry grants. He is Editor-in-Chief of Infection Disease and Health, an international, peer-reviewed journal.

Podcast – Episode 021 


The Research Behind Decolonization to Reduce Post-Discharge Infection Rates Among MRSA Carriers

Dr. Susan Huang & Dr. Mohammed Yassin

July 31, 2019

In this episode, Professor of Infectious Diseases Dr. Susan Huang explains her recent work on MRSA decolonization: “Decolonization to Reduce Post-Discharge Infection Rates Among MRSA Carriers,” New England Journal of Medicine, February 14, 2019.

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More about Dr. Susan Huang:


Dr. Susan Huang, MD, MPH, is Professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine. She is Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention.


Dr. Huang studies the spread and containment of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in healthcare and community settings and focuses on the clinical epidemiology of highly antibiotic-resistant organisms, including MRSA and VRE.


Her intent is to apply epidemiologic, statistical, and mathematical modeling methods to impact the way we monitor and intervene in the spread of bacterial infectious diseases.