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The Role of the Healthcare Environment: Challenges and Opportunities in Reducing Healthcare-Associated Infections


Guest Author – Kerri Thom, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Epidemiology and Public Health University of Maryland School of Medicine As leaders in infection control and prevention, healthcare epidemiologists and infection preventionists must work to educate other healthcare professionals, from the C-Suite to the frontline, on the need to incorporate comprehensive environmental cleaning Read More >

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Three Ways the Affordable Care Act Makes a Difference as it Turns 3


Guest Author, Tom Frieden, MD, MPH Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Last Saturday marked the third birthday of the Affordable Care Act. We at CDC are in the prevention business. So, in addition to the Act’s provisions to increase health insurance coverage, improve quality, and address cost, I’m especially excited about the potential Read More >

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New York Hospital Virtually Eliminates CRE Transmission in ICU Settings


Guest Author – Brian Currie, MD, MPH Montefiore Medical Center, University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Today I would like to discuss a highly successful patient safety intervention designed to reduce the prevalence of CRE in the ICU units across Montefiore Medical Center (MMC) in the Bronx, N.Y. Read More >

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Understanding and combating CRE bacteria in Chicago


Guest Authors – Michael Y. Lin, MD MPH and Mary K. Hayden, MD Rush University Medical Center CDC, Chicago Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Prevention Epicenter Increasingly, certain kinds of bacteria are causing serious infections that are difficult or impossible to cure because the bacteria are resistant to all or nearly all antibiotics. Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or Read More >

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The Beginning of the End of Antibiotics?


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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