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Helping Nurses Reduce Workplace Injuries

Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Author: Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN President of the American Nurses Association If you were asked which professions have one of the highest rate of on-the-job injuries, nursing probably would not be on the list. Yet nursing ranks as one of the riskiest jobs in the U.S., with the highest rate of non-fatal Read More >

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When it Comes to Hand Hygiene, What’s Really Important?

Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC

Author: Angela Vassallo, MPH, MS, CIC APIC Communications Committee Member A recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology comparing CDC’s three-step hand hygiene process using hand rubs with the WHO’s six-step process gained tremendous media attention and had the whole world (or so it seemed) talking about hand hygiene. The study found that Read More >

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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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