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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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Cost of Antibiotic Misuse Too Great to Ignore

Author – Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Medical and scientific advances change the way we look at the world. Before penicillin was introduced in 1942, any infection could be a death sentence. Since then, we have been in awe of and dependent on the use of antibiotics as one of Read More >

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Preserving Lifesaving Antibiotics Today and for the Future

Author – David A. Relman, MD, FIDSAIDSA President Carlos Don was a healthy, active, and spirited sixth grader who loved playing football and never let anything slow him down. In 2007, an antibiotic-resistant infection, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, took his life just days before his 13th birthday. Sadly, this is just one of many tragedies caused Read More >

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“Drivers” of appropriate antibiotic use in the inpatient setting: Exploring Practical Approaches

Authors:  Diane Jacobsen MPH, CPHQ, Director, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Don Goldmann MD, Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement Did you ever wonder why a practical change idea can be more than a simple challenge?   For example, how do you get the right antibiotic to the right patient for the right amount of time? In Read More >

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