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Antibiotic-resistant Infections in Healthcare: Protect Every Patient, Every Time

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Dr. Denise Cardo This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant infections. It reveals a concerning fact that many HAIs are caused by urgent or serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The data show the U.S. has made progress in preventing some HAIs in acute care settings. However, the report Read More >

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Convinced They are Doing the Right Things…

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA In my last blog post, I discussed the differences between reality and perception when it comes to what safe injection/infection control practices are — and are not. So, how do we get every healthcare worker on the Read More >

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You Won’t Believe The Things I See. And Hear.

Pamela Dembski Hart BS MT ASCP CHSP

Guest Author: Pam Dembski-Hart, BS, MT, ASCP, CHSP Founder and Principal, Healthcare Accreditation Resources LLC Plymouth, MA They greet me at the facility door with a handshake and a cheerful comment, “We’re pretty sure we’re OK!” And that’s when I cringe and prepare myself. Because many of them – even with the best of intentions Read More >

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C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS)

Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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Preserving the Power of Antibiotics for Humans and Animals

Antibiotic Resistance from the Farm to the Table

Guest Author: Dr. Lonnie King The single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for every one of us to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed and used. Antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine remain the cornerstone of treating and preventing serious bacterial infections. However, it will take commitment Read More >

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