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Category: Clostridium difficile

C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS)

Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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CDC and HRET Work Together to Fight Infections in Hospitals

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Author: Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR CDC Team Lead for Hospital Infection Prevention On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, resulting in 75,000 infection-associated deaths. Ebola infection of two healthcare personnel in the U.S. in 2014 further highlighted the need to Read More >

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Protect Nursing Home Residents by Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

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Author: Nimalie Stone, MD Medical Epidemiologist, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Improving the use of antibiotics in healthcare is critical to protect patients and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance. In nursing homes, antibiotics are frequently prescribed medications; as many as 70% of residents receive antibiotics over the course of a year. However, a Read More >

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Marked Geographic Variation of CRE in Tennessee and Implications for Prevention (Part 1 of a 3-part Series on the August 2015 Vital Signs: Making Health Care Safer: Stop Spread of Antibiotic Resistance)

Marion A. Kainer, MD, MPH, FRACP, FSHEA

The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. During the next five years, with investments, CDC’s efforts to combat C. difficile infections and antibiotic resistance under the National Strategy to Combat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, Read More >

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CDC Modeling Shows Safe Health Care Means Coordination

Facilities work together to protect patients.

CDC’s Dr. Scott Fridkin Senior Advisor for Antibiotic Resistance in Health care Today CDC released its latest Vital Signs report, which includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. The report includes recommendations that would impact how health care Read More >

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