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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

The Beginning of the End of Antibiotics?


Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Today in CDC’s March Vital Signs, we report on what could be the beginning of the end of antibiotics. Our arsenal of existing antibiotics is being overpowered by lethal germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). These germs Read More >

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Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes: A Systems Problem

Author – Chris Crnich, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is the Hospital Epidemiologist at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. A significant proportion of antibiotic use in nursing homes is inappropriate. Inappropriate antibiotic use unnecessarily places residents Read More >

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We need to get smarter about antibiotics

Author – Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., director of Extending the Cure (ETC) Our ability to conquer microbial diseases with antibiotics goes back only 70 years. Yet, the inevitable and rapid development of resistance to these miracle drugs may soon usher in an era where common infections are once again deadly or very costly to treat.  Since Read More >

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Behavior Change in Healthcare to Break Old Habits and Prevent HAIs

Author: Jan Patterson, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA, CPE, FACHE President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Change is never easy and old habits are tough to break. Since preventable healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) affect one in 20 patients, the healthcare community – from the C-Suite to the front line – must come together Read More >

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Outbreak Investigation: Meningitis

One Case Sparks National Action Imagine… A patient goes to the doctor for a routine steroid injection.   A couple weeks later, the patient feels sick – headache, fever and suddenly uncomfortable in bright light.  Within days, the patient is admitted to the local hospital’s intensive care unit.  Doctors discover that the patient has a life-threatening Read More >

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