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Category: Antibiotic use

Nursing Homes: New Partners in the Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections

Author — Nimalie Stone, M.D. Medical Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As a healthcare professional, I have had the opportunity to work in nursing homes for many years both as a physician, as well as a consultant for infection control programs. When we say “nursing home,” many of us imagine communal living environments Read More >

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ResistanceMap: Visualizing the Progression of Antibiotic Resistance

Guest author – Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D. Director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy and an associate research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University. Through Get Smart, CDC has raised awareness of antibiotic resistance as a serious public health concern that requires action. But where is resistance changing and at what rates?  Is any Read More >

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How much antibiotic use is too much?

Guest author – Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, PharmD, MHS, FCCP, BCPS Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist – University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY Although this question sounds simple on the surface, answering it is one of the biggest challenges to stewardship programs both old and new.  Unlike our infection prevention colleagues, Read More >

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Let’s Take an Antibiotic Time Out

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC – Medical Director, Get Smart for Healthcare Program Over the past 2 years, I have brought together experts on antibiotic resistance to discuss how CDC can assist in efforts to improve antibiotic use in hospitals and nursing homes. My colleagues have published numerous studies demonstrating that inappropriate antibiotic use in Read More >

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Antibiotic Prescriptions – Where you Live may Matter

Author – Lauri Hicks, DO CDC – Medical Director, Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work As an infectious diseases physician and the medical director of CDC’s Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work program, I’ve repeatedly encountered patients with antibiotic-resistant infections. When antibiotics fail to work, the consequences are longer-lasting illnesses, more doctor visits or extended Read More >

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