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Public gets early snapshot of MRSA and C. difficile infections in individual hospitals

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New data posted yesterday and gathered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections.  This information, as well as other hospital performance measures, Read More >

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Sometimes the Safest Prescription is “Wait and See”

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Guest Author – Adam L. Hersh, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases University of Utah Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is a great opportunity to call attention to a priority that we all share: preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics for the future. Doctors and other practitioners on the front-lines of Read More >

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Good Infection Prevention Habits Don’t Just Happen

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Guest Author – Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, CIC, FAAN Associate Dean for Research and Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research Columbia University School of Nursing Editor, American Journal of Infection Control Over the past few decades, especially since the ‘antibiotic era’ and the advent of increasingly technologic and sophisticated interventions, there has been less Read More >

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The Value of an Infectious Diseases Specialist

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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

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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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