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Clinicians: Use “mL”-only when Prescribing to Reduce Parent Dosing Errors and Keep Children Safe

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

Guest Author: Shonna Yin, MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine One thing that every clinician can do for National Safety Month is make sure they prescribe medications for children in the safest way. Dosing errors are the most common type of medication error that brings children into the Emergency Read More >

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A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012.

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton  Co-Founder Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection It was hard to see it happen. We were watching a friend’s basketball game when the young boy fell down and began to bleed from a cut on his arm. The referee sent him out of Read More >

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonatal Intensive Care: The Oregon and Southwest Washington Collaboration

From left to right: Dmitry Dukovny, MD, MPH; Peter Grubb, MD; John Zupancic, MD, ScD, panelists during the iNICQ Symposium at the 2016 Annual Quality Congress

Guest Author: Dmitry Dukhovny, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University; Co-leader of the Northwest Neonatal Improvement Priority Alliance (NWIPA) There are around 4 million births per year in the United States. Several hundred thousand of these infants are admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) annually because of a Read More >

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My Journey to Antibiotic Stewardship (in a small, rural hospital)

Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC

Guest Author: Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC, Director of Pharmacy, Ellenville Regional Hospital, Ellenville, New York My interest in microorganisms and infection control – specifically as it relates to antibiotics – dates back to when I was in pharmacy college in the 1970s. I worked in a microbiology laboratory, which I found fascinating. Fast forward to Read More >

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Carl’s Story: Remembering Our Son During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Chris and Joyce Romm

Guest Author: Chris and Joyce Romm Every year in the United States, at least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections. Our son – Carl – was one of them. Carl was our first child, and it’s hard to put into words just how special he was. He was ambitious and caring. Curious and adventurous. He Read More >

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