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What Healthcare Providers Can Do to Slow Gonorrhea’s Growing Resistance to First-line Antibiotics

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS)

Author: Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS), Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, with more than 800,000 infections estimated to occur annually. These gonorrhea bacteria are frustratingly nimble in their ability to become resistant to Read More >

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CDC, OSAP Issue Best Practices for Dentists Prescribing Antibiotics

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By: Lauri Hicks, DO, Director, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Today, CDC, in collaboration with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP), published an article in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), concerning responsible Read More >

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Pressing Fast Forward on Patient Safety

Authors: Mary Hayden MD and William Trick MD, Joint Principal Investigators, Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals System For more than 20 years, our colleagues in Chicago and we have been working to combat antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings. These efforts have yielded several wins; Read More >

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Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities Part 2: How Our Legionella Experiences Shaped our Prevention Approaches

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Guest Author: John Letson, Vice President Plant Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has a 470 inpatient bed hospital, outpatient clinics, and research facility headquartered on the upper east side of Manhattan, with additional outpatient treatment centers in Brooklyn; Long Island; Westchester County, New York; and New Jersey. The Read More >

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Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities Part 1: This 5-Part Program Helped Us Maintain the Safest Environment for Our At-Risk Patients

John Letson

Guest Author: John Letson, Vice President Plant Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Since being discovered, Legionnaires’ disease continues to make vulnerable populations sick with severe pneumonia. This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on the continued rise of Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S., deficiencies in environmental control that have led to outbreaks, and how these Read More >

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