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Category: Antimicrobial Resistance

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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New Guide Developed to Help U.S. Hospitals Improve Antibiotic Use; A National Health Priority

Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

Authors: Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, and Ed Septimus, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, HCA. Drs. Srinivasan and Septimus are co-chairs of the National Quality Partners’ antibiotic stewardship action team, convened by the National Quality Forum. Today, CDC, in Read More >

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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?

Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD

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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