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Category: Antibiotic use

Preserving Antibiotic Effectiveness: Everybody’s Responsibility


Guest Author – Ramanan Laxminarayan, PhD Director, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy To many, antibiotic resistance may seem like an evergreen issue that reappears in the news cycle periodically. However, recent reports of the emergence and spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, described in CDC’s March 2013 Vital Signs Report remind us that we stand Read More >

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When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea…

Author – Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, Chief Medical Officer for CommuniCare Family of Companies, President of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) So, you’ve recently taken antibiotics and you’ve now developed a case of disturbing diarrhea. Should you be concerned? Maybe so… Antibiotic-associated diarrhea refers to diarrhea that develops in a person who is taking Read More >

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Addressing Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes – It Starts with a Conversation

Author – Nimalie Stone MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As you have read in the posts from our academic and clinical partners, much work needs to be done to impact the systems and behaviors driving antibiotic use in the nursing home setting. We believe many of the principles Read More >

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Time to rethink antibiotic use in long-term care facilities

Author — Nimalie Stone, M.D. Medical Epidemiologist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion With increasing drug-resistant bacteria and complicating conditions from antibiotic use like diarrhea from C. difficile on the rise, we must look at every opportunity available to improve how antibiotics are being used in healthcare settings. This year as part of CDC’s Get Read More >

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Protect Cancer Patients from Infections

Author: Alice Guh, CDC medical officer and co-lead of Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients initiative As clinicians, we know that the nearly one million patients who receive outpatient cancer treatment each year are at risk for serious infections that may lead to hospitalization, disruptions in chemotherapy schedules, and in some cases, death. Even so, it Read More >

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