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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

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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IIPW: Let’s create an infection prevention movement

Author – Katrina Crist, MBA CEO of APIC International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), which takes place October 14-20, asks all of us to imagine a safer world through infection prevention. Imagine a healthcare setting where everyone performs appropriate hand hygiene before and after providing patient care. Or a community where every individual uses proper respiratory Read More >

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A new perspective looking at healthcare-associated infections from the other side of the bed

Author – Brenda Helms, RN, BSN, MBA/HCM, CIC In healthcare, we often think of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in terms of what they mean for our healthcare organization. As an infection preventionist, I know I did— until an HAI affected my family. I wonder: Do we really stop and think about the impact of HAIs on Read More >

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