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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

World Health Day 2011 Spotlights Growing Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance

Author – Jean B. Patel, PhD, D(ABMM) Deputy Director for CDC’s Office of Antimicrobial Resistance CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Each year, millions of Americans take antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics. People have come to trust and rely on antibiotics to always be there to fight their worst infections. However, new drug-resistant pathogens continue to Read More >

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SHEA Scientific Meeting Featured Cutting Edge Research on Prevention and Treatment of HAIs

Guest Author – Steven M. Gordon, MD, FACP President of SHEA The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s 21st Annual Meeting provided a forum for discussing the latest research, evidence and advances in healthcare epidemiology, with the goal of bringing this knowledge one step closer to bedside implementation and the elimination of healthcare-associated infections. More Read More >

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New guidelines to prevent catheter-related infections

Guest Author – Naomi O’Grady, MD National Institutes of Health Medical Director, Clinical Center’s Vascular Access and Conscious Sedation Services. Recently, hospital-acquired infections have become an important benchmark of hospital quality and patient safety. Many hospitals are now being required to report patient safety data, and some of this data includes infection rates. I am 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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New Clinical Guidelines for MRSA Treatment

Author – Dr. Catherine Liu Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) – both healthcare- and community-associated – has become an enormous public health problem. MRSA is responsible for about 60 percent of skin and soft tissue infections seen in emergency rooms, and invasive MRSA kills about 18,000 Read More >

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