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Where Are The Hot Spots For Antibiotic Resistance?

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

 Antibiotic Resistance

This post originally appeared in The Health Care Blog.

In July, CDC will roll out a new way every hospital in the country can track and control drug resistant bacteria. CDC already operates the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN), with more than 12,000 health care facilities participating. Now we are implementing a breakthrough program that will take control of drug resistance to the next level – the Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) reporting module. The module is fully automated, capturing antibiotic prescriptions and drug susceptibility test results electronically.

Investment Needed to Beat Superbugs

Categories: Health Protection

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

This post originally appeared in The Hill.

An op-ed in The Hill last Tuesday called on our country to arm our healthcare system with new weapons to combat the unseen enemy of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.  The tragic story of Marine Lance Corporal Jonathan Gadsden losing his battle with an antibiotic-resistant infection emphasizes the threat we all face: many infections once easily cured are now nearly untreatable. 

A Better Way to Cure What Ails Us

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

Blood Pressure Screening

This post originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

Annual spending on healthcare in America totals nearly $9,000 per person, accounting for more than 17% of the U.S. economy. Yet, on some of the most basic medical interventions, we’re failing.

Save Our Miracle Drugs

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

Tablets

This post originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago Sun-Times recently reported on proposed federal legislation to develop an innovative strategy for combating antibiotic resistance. The bill was introduced by two Chicago-area representatives, Peter Roskam and Danny Davis.

Combating antibiotic resistance — bacteria outsmarting the drugs designed to kill them — is critical now, as these microbes could return us to the time when there were no antibiotics and simple infections were fatal.

Six Simple Ways to Prevent Hospital Infections and Save Your Life

Categories: Health Protection, Public Health & Clinical Care Collaboration

What Patients Can Do

This post originally appeared in Fox News.

The CDC recently reported that infection rates are down in many hospitals.

This is progress, but every day more than 200 Americans with health care-associated infections die during their hospital stay. Most of these deaths could have been prevented.

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