Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact


Dominik Mertz

MD (Switzerland), MSc (McMaster)

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Associate Member, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Medical Director Infection Control, Hamilton Health Sciences

905.527.4322 x 43952
905.577.1415
mertzd@mcmaster.ca

Juravinski Hospital and Cancer Center
711 Concession Street, Section G, Level 0, Room 12
Hamilton, ON, L8V 1C3

 

Academic Interests

Dr. Mertz's academic interests include antimicrobial stewardship, epidemiology and risk factors for resistance and infections by resistant bacteria, and hospital epidemiology. He has a special interest in conducting observational studies and systematic reviews.

Selected Publications

  1. Mertz D, Khanlari B, Viktorin N, Battegay M, Fluckiger U. Intravenous antibiotic treatment of less than 28 days is sufficient for suppurative thrombophlebitis in intravenous drug users Clin Infect Dis. 46(5):741-744; 2008
  2. Mertz D, Frei R, Jaussi B, Battegay M, Flückiger U, Widmer AF. Exclusive Staphylococcus aureus throat carriage. At risk populations. Arch Intern Med. 169(2):172-178; 2009
  3. Mertz D, Koller M, Haller P, Lampert ML, Plagge H, Hug B, Koch G, Battegay M, Flückiger U, Bassetti S. Outcomes of early switching from intravenous to oral antibiotics on general medical wards J Antimicrob Chemother. 64(1):188-199; 2009
  4. Mertz D, Dafoe N, Walter SD, Brazil KL, Loeb M Effect of a multi-faceted intervention on adherence to hand hygiene among healthcare workers: a cluster randomized trial Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 31(11):1170-1176; 2010
  5. Mertz D, Plagge H, Bassetti S, Battegay M, Widmer AF How much money can be saved by applying intravenous antibiotics once instead of several times a day? Infection. 38(6):479-82; 2010
  6. Mertz D, Johnstone J, Loeb M. Does duration of perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis matter in cardiac surgery? A systematic review. Ann Surg. 254(1):48-54; 2011.
  7. Sun X, Briel M, Busse JW, You JJ, Akl EA, Majza F, Bala M, Bassler D, Mertz D, Diaz- Granados N, Vandvik PO, Malaga G, Srinathan SK, Dahm P, Johnston BC, Alonso-Coello P, Hassouneh B, Walter SD, Heels-Ansdell D, Altman DG, Guyatt GH The influence of industry funding on reporting of subgroup analyses in randomized controlled trials BMJ. 2011; 342:d1569
  8. Mertz D, Johnstone J Modern management of community-acquired pneumonia: is it cost-effective and are outcomes acceptable [invited review article] Curr Infect Dis. 13(3): 269-77; 2011
  9. Mertz D, Johnstone J, Krueger P, Brazil K, Walter SD, Loeb M. Adherence to hand hygiene and risk factors for poor adherence in thirteen Ontario acute care hospitals. Am J Infect Control. 39(8):693-696; 2011.
  10. Sun X, Briel M, Busse JW, You JJ, Akl EA, Majza F, Bala M, Bassler D, Mertz D, Diaz-Granados N, Vandvik PO, Malaga G, Srinathan SK, Dahm P, Johnston BC, Alonso-Coello P, Hassouneh B, Walter SD, Heels-Ansdell D, Altman DG, Guyatt GH. Claims of subgroup effects in randomized controlled trials: are they believable? A systematic review of randomized trials. BMJ. 344:e1553; 2012.

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