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Why Do We Prescribe Antibiotics When They Aren’t Needed?

Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD

By: Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD, Medical Epidemiologist, Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Yesterday, CDC, in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other experts from across the nation, published an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association Read More >

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National Targets Set to Help Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions in Outpatient Settings

David Hyun, M.D.

Guest Author: David Hyun, M.D. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a first-of-its kind analysis of antibiotic use in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and other hospital-based clinics in the United States. The analysis, conducted in partnership with a panel of leading antibiotic experts, identifies acute respiratory Read More >

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Searching for C. difficile at Hospital Admission: A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

Clifford McDonald, MD

Author: L. Clifford McDonald, MD Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Patients receiving medical care for something else can get an infection known as a healthcare-associated infection. The most common bacteria responsible for these infections in hospitals is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, my Read More >

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Focus on the Science of Prevention at SHEA Spring 2016

Guest Authors: Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin   When we were getting started in the field, there were a limited number of people interested in what we were doing with Read More >

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Patient Safety is Public Health

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Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation It is difficult to begin any discussion of patient safety in the United States without mentioning the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Released in December 1999, the report brought public attention Read More >

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