Section of Infectious Diseases

  • The Section of Infectious Diseases provides its services since 1993 (as Infectious Disease Laboratory of the 3rd Pediatric Department at that time) and has a four-fold mission, comprising clinical services, infection control & hospital epidemiology, training and research activities.

  • The Section is currently staffed by pediatric infectious diseases (PID) specialists, PhD research scientists, PID & postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and lab technicians.

 

 

Clinical services

They include both inpatient care and outpatient clinics

Inpatient care

The Section of Infectious Diseases is committed to providing state-of-the-art medical care to infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic infectious diseases referred to and/or hospitalized at the 3rd Pediatric Department. Consultations on diagnosis and management of difficult or complicated community- or hospital-acquired infectious diseases are also provided in other pediatric, neonatal or adult departments of Hippokration GeneralHospital, upon request (including neonatal, pediatric and adult ICU, surgical departments, solid organ transplantation unit and hematology/oncology department).

Outpatient clinics

They accept infants/children with HIV, tuberculosis (including multi-drug resistant), hepatitis, congenital infections, primary immune deficiencies, auto-inflammatory conditions (periodic fever diseases), fever of unknown origin, urinary tract infections and other infectious diseases.

 

Infection control – hospital epidemiology

Infection control-hospital epidemiology activities of the Infectious Diseases Section are conducted in conjunction with the Infection Control Committee Nurses of the Hospital and include: i) monitoring of bacterial resistance rates and antimicrobial consumption in all departments of Hippokration Hospital, ii) monitoring of invasive fungal infections, iii) outbreak investigations and iv) implementation and reinforcement of infection control practices.

 

Training

Training in diagnosis / management of infectious diseases in children as well as in infection control and infectious disease – related research is provided by members of the Infectious Diseases team to: medical students, pediatric residents, PhD students, PID & postdoctoral fellows.

Starting at 2010, a two-year training program on Pediatric Infectious Diseases has been designed to provide fellows with an extensive experience in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is approved by the National Health System in Greece.

As part of the training curriculum, the Infectious Diseases Section organizes scheduled educational activities at hospital, regional and national level (weekly, monthly and annually). The Section also participates in the organization of international educational activities, in collaboration with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) and the European Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID).

 

Research

Research activities of the Infectious Diseases Section include both clinical protocols as well as in vitro, in vivo or ex vivo studies performed at the Research laboratory of the Section. Main research interests include fungal infections in neonates and children, especially epidemiology, pathogenesis and therapy, host defences / immunomodulation in filamentous fungal infections, fungal and bacterial biofilms, bacterial resistance in nosocomial infections as well as newer antimicrobial agents in pediatrics.