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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Success in Controlling Outbreaks in an Intensive Care Unit Using CDC Toolkit Interventions

Kyle B. Enfield, MD

Guest Author: Kyle B. Enfield, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are on the rise globally. These infections have limited therapeutic options, and invasive infections due to CRE are associated with a mortality rate upwards of 40 percent. Read More >

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Looking forward to APIC Annual Conference, June 7-9 in Anaheim

Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases University of Louisville School of Medicine The 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will definitely be the best one yet. Each year more than 2,500 clinical professionals from around the world gather for Read More >

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Cancer Survivor Employs Simple Steps to Fight off Infection During Chemotherapy

Pamela Bryant, MS

Author: Pamela Bryant, MS Health Communications Specialist, CDC To do: Biopsy MRI Port-a-Cath Chemotherapy Genetic Testing Lumpectomy Radiation The above list is not exactly the type of to-do list I ever thought I’d be faced with. As you can imagine, this list of tests, screenings, procedures, and treatments was a bit overwhelming as I was Read More >

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

Michele E. Gaguski MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C

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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