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Success in Controlling Outbreaks in an Intensive Care Unit Using CDC Toolkit Interventions

Kyle B. Enfield, MD

Guest Author: Kyle B. Enfield, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are on the rise globally. These infections have limited therapeutic options, and invasive infections due to CRE are associated with a mortality rate upwards of 40 percent. Read More >

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Media Reports about Drug-Resistant Infections

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion You probably have seen the media reports this week about drug-resistant infections in California healthcare facilities, specifically those in Los Angeles County. What we know, however, is that carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) actually exists in at least 36 states. Originally identified in 1999, CRKP Read More >

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Infections in ICUs Plummeting, Too Many Remain in Hospitals and Dialysis Clinics

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As you know, bloodstream infections in patients with central lines can be deadly, killing as many as 1 in 4 patients who gets them. The newest edition of the CDC Vital Signs reports a major decrease in central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive Read More >

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Let’s Take an Antibiotic Time Out

Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD CDC – Medical Director, Get Smart for Healthcare Program Over the past 2 years, I have brought together experts on antibiotic resistance to discuss how CDC can assist in efforts to improve antibiotic use in hospitals and nursing homes. My colleagues have published numerous studies demonstrating that inappropriate antibiotic use in Read More >

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VIM: New Route, Same Destination

Author – Alexander Kallen, MD, MPH Medical Officer CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Last week my colleague Dr. Brandi Limbago addressed the issue of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) and specifically enzymes called KPCs and NDM-1s that are causing the bacteria to become resistant to last-resort antibiotics. Today, CDC released a report about another enzyme causing Read More >

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