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Frontline Staff are Critical to the Success of Sepsis Care Improvement Efforts

M Doerfler MD

Guest Author: Martin E. Doerfler, MD SVP, Clinical Strategy and Development, Associate CMO Northwell Health Northwell Health has been focused on improving the care and outcomes of our patients with sepsis since 2008. Michael Dowling, our CEO, noticed that sepsis was the condition most commonly associated with inpatient mortality in our hospital system, so he Read More >

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What Healthcare Providers Can Do to Slow Gonorrhea’s Growing Resistance to First-line Antibiotics

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS)

Author: Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS), Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, with more than 800,000 infections estimated to occur annually. These gonorrhea bacteria are frustratingly nimble in their ability to become resistant to Read More >

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CDC, OSAP Issue Best Practices for Dentists Prescribing Antibiotics


By: Lauri Hicks, DO, Director, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Today, CDC, in collaboration with the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP), published an article in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), concerning responsible Read More >

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Pressing Fast Forward on Patient Safety

Authors: Mary Hayden MD and William Trick MD, Joint Principal Investigators, Chicago Prevention and Intervention Epicenter at Rush University Medical Center and Cook County Health and Hospitals System For more than 20 years, our colleagues in Chicago and we have been working to combat antibiotic resistance in healthcare settings. These efforts have yielded several wins; Read More >

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Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease in Healthcare Facilities Part 2: How Our Legionella Experiences Shaped our Prevention Approaches

Legionella pneumophila

Guest Author: John Letson, Vice President Plant Operations, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) has a 470 inpatient bed hospital, outpatient clinics, and research facility headquartered on the upper east side of Manhattan, with additional outpatient treatment centers in Brooklyn; Long Island; Westchester County, New York; and New Jersey. The Read More >

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