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The Power of Families in the Battle against Sepsis

Rory Staunton

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton Do you know that it is possible to prevent sepsis by the simple act of providing antibiotics and fluids when it is suspected? We didn’t know this when our beautiful son Rory Staunton died at just 12 years of age when emergency room physicians and his pediatrician failed to recognize the Read More >

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A Healthcare Risk Manager Shares Her Advice after Personally Surviving Sepsis

Pamela L. Popp, MA JD DFASHRM CPHRM AIM DSA

Guest Author: Pamela L. Popp MA JD DFASHRM CPHRM AIM DSA Executive Vice President/Chief Risk Officer Western Litigation In January of 2008, I joined the ranks of sepsis survivors.  I too was placed on a ventilator, given months of antibiotic and antifungal treatments, suffered from memory loss and was financially devastated by the medical bills.  Read More >

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A Sepsis Nurse Shares her Personal Experience with Sepsis

Susan A. Irick, MS, RN, ACNP-C

Guest Author: Susan A. Irick, MS, RN, ACNP-C Disease Manager for Pneumonia and Sepsis Northeast Georgia Medical Center Sepsis is a term I have heard my entire nursing career. It never had quantifiable significance to me until the past 3 years. Now, sepsis has become an up close and personal demon that I have thankfully Read More >

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“NARMS Now: Human Data” paints national picture of antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria

Antibiotic resistance trends for 4 foodborne bacteria NARMS Now Human data

Author: CDC Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases (DFWED) Wondering how antibiotic resistance in foodborne bacteria has changed over time? You’re in luck. With CDC’s new interactive tool, NARMS Now: Human Data, you can view trends in antibiotic resistance over the past two decades for four bacteria transmitted commonly through food: Campylobacter, E. coli Read More >

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The Public Health Response to CRE in Wisconsin (Part 3 of a 3-part Series on the August 2015 Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer: Stop Spread of Antibiotic Resistance)

The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. During the next five years, with investments, CDC’s efforts to combat C. difficile infections and antibiotic resistance under the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Read More >

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