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The Value of an Infectious Diseases Specialist

Guest Author – Steven Schmitt, MD, FIDSA Chair of the Infectious Diseases Society America’s Clinical Affairs Committee and infectious diseases physician at Cleveland Clinic We’re all well aware that infection is a major problem among hospitalized patients, sometimes arriving with infection as a reason for admission and sometimes developing infection in the hospital.  In either Read More >

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Program to Prevent Infections in Cancer Patients Hits Home

Guest Author – Lisa Splitlog   Director, CDC Value Communications CDC Foundation As a CDC Foundation staff member, I’m always proud to share with my family and friends how we help advance the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) lifesaving work through public-private partnerships that help protect our nation’s health security and contribute to Read More >

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APIC promotes “Infection Prevention and You”

Guest Author – Vicki G. Allen, MSN, RN, CIC Manager of the Infection Prevention and Control Department CaroMont Regional Medical Center This year APIC is marking International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 20-26, by launching a multiyear campaign themed "Infection Prevention and You.” The focus is to engage everyone — patients, families, and healthcare personnel — Read More >

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A Patient Speaks from the Heart

Guest Author: Karen Morrow Like any other tragedy, the first thing to enter a person’s mind is, “This can’t be happening to me.”  It’s exactly what I thought.  I absolutely knew that I was OK…until I read the test results.  I still go back and read them now and can’t believe they are mine.  Writing Read More >

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What Happens in the Outpatient Clinic Doesn’t Always Stay in the Outpatient Clinic: Lessons from a Regional Outbreak of Adenovirus-associated Epidemic Keratoconjunctivitis (EKC)

Author – Andrew Wiese, MPH Applied Epidemiology Fellow Tennessee Department of Health CDC, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) This week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) includes a description of six separate outbreaks of Adenovirus-associated epidemic keratoconjunctivitis (EKC) in four different states. These outbreaks were mainly associated with outpatient eye care. Last August, Read More >

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