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Category: Clostridium difficile

Antibiotic Stewardship: Using Evidence-Based Safe Prescribing Practices

Guest Author – Jason G. Newland, MD MEd FPIDS Medical Director of Patient Safety and Systems Reliability Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri Antibiotic resistance is one of the nation’s most pressing public health threats. Yesterday CDC led several important discussions at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. This forum is a Read More >

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C. diff survivor and advocate shares her story

Guest Author: Nancy C Caralla Founding Executive Director, President of the C Diff Foundation. My name is Nancy Caralla, and I know all too much about Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  I am a nurse and contracted C. diff while caring for patients suffering from this horrible infection. Now, I am a C. diff survivor. Tragically, Read More >

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Why So Many Foleys?

Wendy-Kaler

Guest Author: Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC Dignity Health Clinical Lead for CAUTI Prevention At Dignity Health, our goal is to reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent before 2015, and we are well on our way. We have introduced specific evidence-based practices and bedside intervention activities to Read More >

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Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year National and state data detail threat of healthcare-associated infections and opportunities for further improvements. CDC released two reports today – one, a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article detailing national healthcare-associated infection estimates, and the other an annual report on national and Read More >

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C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action

Author: Christian John Lillis My mother loved children. Me and my brother Liam, her 12 godchildren, and the 24 children she taught each year in her kindergarten class. We lost Mom at just 56 years old to a Clostridium difficile infection in April 2010. In response to her death, we started the Peggy Lillis Foundation Read More >

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