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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

One of Chemotherapy’s Most Severe Side Effects: What You Can Do To Prevent An Infection During Treatment For Cancer

Author: Michele E. Gaguski MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C As an oncology nurse, I often see anxiety and fear in the eyes of my patients as I  teach them what to expect from their first round of chemotherapy.  Most of the time, patients’ first questions are about the more visible side effects of their treatment:  Read More >

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Picking a Fight with Multidrug-Resistant Gram-Negative Organisms

Author: Ebbing Lautenbach MD, MPH, MSCE Over the last decade, the incidence of multidrug resistance in gram-negative pathogens has steadily increased, yet there has not been any increase in antimicrobial development to address these organisms.  The potential for widespread and rapid transmission of the pathogens is concerning as is the growing prevalence of these organisms Read More >

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Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year

Despite Progress, three-quarters of a million infections threaten hospital patients each year National and state data detail threat of healthcare-associated infections and opportunities for further improvements. CDC released two reports today – one, a New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article detailing national healthcare-associated infection estimates, and the other an annual report on national and Read More >

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C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action

Author: Christian John Lillis My mother loved children. Me and my brother Liam, her 12 godchildren, and the 24 children she taught each year in her kindergarten class. We lost Mom at just 56 years old to a Clostridium difficile infection in April 2010. In response to her death, we started the Peggy Lillis Foundation Read More >

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The Power of Antibiotic Stewardship in Patient Care

Author: Don Goldmann, MD Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Institute for Healthcare Improvement Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology Harvard School of Public Health For the past several years, IHI has been actively engaged in working with a wide variety of acute care hospitals in partnership Read More >

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