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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Preventing MRSA in healthcare – Is there a silver bullet? (Part 1 of 3)

Author: John Jernigan, M.D Director for CDC’s Office of HAI Prevention Research and Evaluation, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The optimal approach to controlling MRSA in healthcare facilities has been a topic of ongoing controversy. Of particular interest is the question of whether the use of active detection and isolation of patients colonized with MRSA, Read More >

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Preventing MRSA in healthcare – Is there a silver bullet? (Part 2 of 3)

Author: Martin Evans, MD Director of the VHA MRSA/MDRO Program MRSA hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) cause increased suffering, the need for increased procedures, treatments, and time in the hospital, and sometimes an increased risk of death among patients. Beginning in 2002, staff working at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare system successfully brought down MRSA HAIs using a Read More >

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Preventing MRSA in healthcare – Is there a silver bullet? (Part 3 of 3)

Author: Charles W. Huskins, MD Consultant in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic In today’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, my co-authors and I report the results of a study (“Intervention to Reduce Transmission of Resistant Bacteria in Intensive Care“) examining an intervention Read More >

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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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