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New Recommendations for Pediatric Pneumonia Treatment

Categories: HAI Guidelines, Healthcare-associated infections

John S Bradley, MD

John S Bradley, MD

Author: John S Bradley, MD
Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at
Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center

Every year, pneumonia kills more than 2 million children ages 5 years and younger worldwide. Yet the only existing national guidelines for the treatment of pneumonia focus on adults, and the recommended diagnostic methods and treatments may be too risky and not have the desired result in children.

After two years of work, my colleagues from various backgrounds and I have completed the first-ever comprehensive national guidelines on diagnosing and treating infants and children affected by this life-threatening disease: “The Management of Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Infants and Children Older Than 3 Months of Age: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.”

CDC: Protect Organ Transplant Patients from Unintended Disease Transmission

Categories: Healthcare-associated infections, Organ Transplant Safety

Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD

Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD

Author: Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD,
Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety

Over the past few years, my team at the CDC looked into more than 200 reports of unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. Of the cases that were confirmed, some had fatal outcomes. Clearly, transmission of infections through organ transplants remains a patient safety concern that calls for action.

To help address the problem, CDC recently led a team of experts to develop the Draft 2011 Public Health Service (PHS) Guideline for Reducing Transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV through Solid Organ Transplantation. The guideline was posted to the Federal Register today, and I encourage your review and comment.

 
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