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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Avoid Long-Term Consequences, Use Antibiotics Appropriately

Dr. Martin Blaser

Author: Dr. Martin Blaser Director of the Human Microbiome Program at NYU All of us can recall situations in which we or a loved one have come down with an infection and required a trip to the doctor. Between the discomfort and the uncertainty of whether or not the infection will become worse, illness is Read More >

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Presidential Proclamation Marks Get Smart About Antibiotics Week Nov. 16-22, More than 120 Partners Join to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

Backed by a Presidential Proclamation, Get Smart About Antibiotics Week—which kicked off today—aims to raise awareness about the threat of antibiotic resistance and improve appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Antibiotic resistance—when germs no longer respond to the drugs designed to kill them—threatens to take us back to the days when minor infections could kill. The Read More >

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Perspective – Outpatient Settings Policy Options for Improving Infection Prevention

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Dr. Denise Cardo Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every week in my role overseeing healthcare quality and patient safety for CDC, I hear stories about patients being harmed by providers who fail to understand Read More >

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CDC and HRET Work Together to Fight Infections in Hospitals

C-Gould

Author: Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR CDC Team Lead for Hospital Infection Prevention On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, resulting in 75,000 infection-associated deaths. Ebola infection of two healthcare personnel in the U.S. in 2014 further highlighted the need to Read More >

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Clean hands stop germs: Fostering dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals

Author: Laura Buford, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, Texas; APIC Communications Committee Chair Many patients or family members may not be sure what, if any, part they play in preventing infections. But there are many ways that they can help us reduce infections in and out of healthcare Read More >

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