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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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35 U.S. hospitals designated as Ebola treatment centers

Ebola: U.S. Hospital Readiness as of Dec. 2014

CDC trains and assesses Ebola hospital readiness in collaborative effort An increasing number of U.S. hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with Ebola, giving nationwide health system Ebola readiness efforts a boost. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state health officials have identified and designated 35 hospitals with Ebola treatment Read More >

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Antimicrobial Stewardship – a concept we must all embrace

Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Jennie L. Mayfield, BSN, MPH, CIC2014 President, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) A retrospective study from The University of Texas College of Pharmacy published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), found that C. difficile infections (CDI) nearly doubled from 2001 to 2010 in Read More >

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