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New protocol offers hospitals an option to detect bacterial contamination of duodenoscopes

Michael Bell, MD

Author: Michael Bell, MD Deputy Director of CDCs Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Combatting antibiotic-resistant infections and protecting patients are national priorities. The President’s FY 2016 Budget invests in efforts to combat and prevent antibiotic resistance, and nearly doubles the amount of federal funding to more than $1.2 billion. The Administration has also issued its Read More >

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C. diff survivor and advocate shares her story

Nancy C Caralla

Guest Author: Nancy C Caralla Founding Executive Director, President of the C Diff Foundation. My name is Nancy Caralla, and I know all too much about Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  I am a nurse and contracted C. diff while caring for patients suffering from this horrible infection. Now, I am a C. diff survivor. Tragically, Read More >

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Antibiotic Resistance: Urgent Health Threat Jeopardizing Modern Medicine

Estimated minimum 2,049,442 number of illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic resistance, the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of drugs, is perhaps the single most important infectious disease threat of our time.  Although some people are at greater risk than others, no one can completely avoid the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. These infections affect real people and they can be horrible for patients. Read More >

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Safe Injection Practices: Establishing the Habit in Residency

Aaron R. Ducoffe, MDUS

Guest Author: Aaron R. Ducoffe, MDUS Department of Health and Human Services In my first few weeks as a Health Policy and Quality Fellow, I immediately became intrigued with the CDC’s One & Only Campaign and its applicability to my former and upcoming planned specialties. I have learned in residency that a physician’s best and Read More >

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Not Worth the Risk: Failing to Implement Basic Safe Injection Techniques

Andrew Engel, MD

Guest Author: Andrew Engel, MDInternational Spine Intervention Society The International Spine Intervention Society supports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s safe injection practices. As a strong proponent of using evidence-based medicine and safe injection practices, the International Spine Intervention Society agrees with the message espoused by CDC’s new Key Standards for Pain Clinics [PDF Read More >

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