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The Beginning of the End of Antibiotics?

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Author – Arjun Srinivasan, MD Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs CDC, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Today in CDC’s March Vital Signs, we report on what could be the beginning of the end of antibiotics. Our arsenal of existing antibiotics is being overpowered by lethal germs called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). These germs Read More >

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Overcoming Education Gaps and Denial: CDC and SIPC Release New Tools to Help Clinicians Ensure Every Injection is Safe

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Author: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Injection safety is part of the minimum expectation for safe care anywhere healthcare is delivered; yet, CDC has had to investigate outbreak after outbreak of life-threatening infections caused by injection errors.  How can this completely preventable problem continue to go unchecked?  Lack of initial and continued infection control Read More >

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When Antibiotics Lead to Deadly Diarrhea…

Author – Matthew Wayne MD, CMD, Chief Medical Officer for CommuniCare Family of Companies, President of the American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) So, you’ve recently taken antibiotics and you’ve now developed a case of disturbing diarrhea. Should you be concerned? Maybe so… Antibiotic-associated diarrhea refers to diarrhea that develops in a person who is taking Read More >

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Addressing Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes – It Starts with a Conversation

Author – Nimalie Stone MD, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As you have read in the posts from our academic and clinical partners, much work needs to be done to impact the systems and behaviors driving antibiotic use in the nursing home setting. We believe many of the principles Read More >

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Inappropriate Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes: A Systems Problem

Author – Chris Crnich, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is the Hospital Epidemiologist at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. A significant proportion of antibiotic use in nursing homes is inappropriate. Inappropriate antibiotic use unnecessarily places residents Read More >

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