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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Protect Cancer Patients from Infections

Author: Alice Guh, CDC medical officer and co-lead of Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients initiative As clinicians, we know that the nearly one million patients who receive outpatient cancer treatment each year are at risk for serious infections that may lead to hospitalization, disruptions in chemotherapy schedules, and in some cases, death. Even so, it Read More >

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International Infection Prevention Week Celebrates a Milestone

Author: Russell N. Olmsted, MPH, CIC 2011 President, APIC Director, Infection Prevention & Control Services, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which occurs October 16–22, 2011, represents the 25th anniversary of the commemoration of the importance of infection prevention around the globe.  It does not seem possible that Read More >

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New Recommendations for Pediatric Pneumonia Treatment

Author: John S Bradley, MD Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Rady Children’s Hospital and Health Center Every year, pneumonia kills more than 2 million children ages 5 years and younger worldwide. Yet the only existing national guidelines for the treatment of pneumonia focus on adults, and the recommended diagnostic methods and treatments may be too Read More >

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CDC: Protect Organ Transplant Patients from Unintended Disease Transmission

Author: Matthew J. Kuehnert, MD, Director, Office of Blood, Organ, and Other Tissue Safety Over the past few years, my team at the CDC looked into more than 200 reports of unexpected disease transmission through organ transplantation. Of the cases that were confirmed, some had fatal outcomes. Clearly, transmission of infections through organ transplants remains Read More >

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Ambulatory Care Nurses: Take A Stand Against Infections

Author – Linda Brixey, RN President of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) I am excited the CDC is continuing to develop additional tools and resources for infection control. As the president of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN), I can reassure you these resources are useful for our members. A Read More >

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