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Category: Clostridium difficile

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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Antibiotic Stewardship: Using Evidence-Based Safe Prescribing Practices

Jason G. Newland, MD, MEd, FPIDS

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

Nancy C Caralla

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, MPH, CIC

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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