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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

No Man Is An Island: The Antibiotic Resistance Bell Tolls For Us All

Everly Macario, Sc.D., M.S., Ed.M.

Guest Author: Everly Macario My hearty and angelic son, Simon Sol Sparrow, was 18 months old when he died from a rapid onset infection. We took him to the hospital in the evening and by the following morning he was gone. Months later, we learned from the autopsy results that the cause of his death Read More >

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Patients and Physicians Must Work Together to Stop the Spread of Antibiotic-Resistant Infections

Scott Weissman, MD

Guest Author: Scott Weissman, M.D. Seattle Children’s Hospital In medicine, it is not uncommon for a single patient to provide doctors with an exceptional and life-changing medical education that cannot be acquired from any textbook. In 2006, I met one of those patients – a young woman, whose struggle with persistent urinary tract infections ultimately Read More >

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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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