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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

The Value of an Infectious Diseases Specialist

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Guest Author – Steven Schmitt, MD, FIDSA Chair of the Infectious Diseases Society America’s Clinical Affairs Committee and infectious diseases physician at Cleveland Clinic We’re all well aware that infection is a major problem among hospitalized patients, sometimes arriving with infection as a reason for admission and sometimes developing infection in the hospital.  In either Read More >

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Program to Prevent Infections in Cancer Patients Hits Home

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Guest Author – Lisa Splitlog   Director, CDC Value Communications CDC Foundation As a CDC Foundation staff member, I’m always proud to share with my family and friends how we help advance the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lifesaving work through public-private partnerships that help protect our nation’s health security and contribute to Read More >

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APIC promotes “Infection Prevention and You”

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Guest Author – Vicki G. Allen, MSN, RN, CIC Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Department CaroMont Regional Medical Center This year APIC is marking International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, by launching a multiyear campaign themed "Infection Prevention and You.” The focus is to engage everyone — patients, families, and healthcare personnel — Read More >

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What Happens in the Outpatient Clinic Doesn’t Always Stay in the Outpatient Clinic: Lessons from a Regional Outbreak of Adenovirus-associated Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)

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Author – Andrew Wiese, MPH Applied Epidemiology Fellow Tennessee Department of Health CDC, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes a description of six separate outbreaks of Adenovirus-associated epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) in four different states. These outbreaks were mainly associated with outpatient eye care. Last August, Read More >

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One Hospital, One Heart, Let’s Get Together to Control VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci)

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  Authors – Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA Associate Professor of International Health and Director of Operations Research International Vaccine Access Center Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Think when another hospital in a region has a vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) bacteria problem that it’s their problem and not your hospital’s problem? Think again. Read More >

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