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Call Your Poison Center When the Unthinkable Happens

Author: Robert J. Geller, M.D. Georgia Poison Center; American Association of Poison Control Centers It’s a moment of sheer panic. You find your child chewing something and holding an open bottle of medicine. You don’t know how much, if any, medicine your child swallowed, or if it will make your child sick. Unfortunately, as a Read More >

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Keeping Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight of Toddlers

Author – Dan Budnitz, MD, MPH, CAPT, USPHS Director, Medication Safety Program CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Today, CDC announced the launch of an exciting new education program for protecting children from unintentional medication overdoses – Up and Away and Out of Sight.  We’ve blogged about the large number of children who end up Read More >

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Antibiotic Misuse Continues to Threaten Effectiveness by Increasing Resistance

Author – Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Antibiotic resistance isn’t a scare tactic or a doomsday scenario; it’s a real and present danger confronting hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the world. From 2006 to 2008, rates of resistance to imipenem, an antibiotic used to treat resistant organisms, among the bacteria Read More >

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Antibiotic use in the United States: where do we stand?

Author – Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., director of Extending the Cure (ETC) Patients in the United States are among the most intensive users of antibiotics in the world, but you may be surprised to learn that overall per capita outpatient antibiotic prescribing in the United States has decreased in recent years. In fact, between 1999 and Read More >

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California Initiative Promotes Appropriate Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare Facilities

Author – Dr. Trivedi, California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative, California Department of Public Health. In February 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched the country’s first statewide initiative to promote optimization of antimicrobials in healthcare facilities. In less than two years, the cutting-edge California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Initiative is helping California healthcare Read More >

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