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Category: Antimicrobial Resistance

What You Should Know about Hand Hygiene

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Author: L. Clifford McDonald Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The science is clear: clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections. Yet, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Read More >

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Why Do We Prescribe Antibiotics When They Aren’t Needed?

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By: Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD, Medical Epidemiologist, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Yesterday, CDC, in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other experts from across the nation, published an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association Read More >

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National Targets Set to Help Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions in Outpatient Settings

David Hyun, M.D.

Guest Author: David Hyun, M.D. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a first-of-its kind analysis of antibiotic use in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and other hospital-based clinics in the United States. The analysis, conducted in partnership with a panel of leading antibiotic experts, identifies acute respiratory Read More >

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Searching for C. difficile at Hospital Admission: A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

Clifford McDonald, MD

Author: L. Clifford McDonald, MD Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Patients receiving medical care for something else can get an infection known as a healthcare-associated infection. The most common bacteria responsible for these infections in hospitals is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, my Read More >

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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Scott Fridkin, MD

Author: Dr. Scott Fridkin As part of last week’s Vital Signs release, CDC launched—for the first time—a web app with interactive data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas makes percent resistance data reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2011 to 2014 accessible in a customizable, Read More >

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