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Clean Hands Count to Keep Patients Safe from Healthcare Associated Infections

Janet Glowicz, PhD, RN

Janet Glowicz, PhD, RN, Infection Preventionist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion On any given day, about one in 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. Healthcare providers who clean their hands often, provide clean care for their patients and help prevent the spread of germs that can lead to serious infections. This Read More >

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Wadsworth Center Bacteriology Laboratory

Kimberlee A. Musser, Ph.D. Chief, Bacterial Diseases Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH Souvenirs: What did you bring home from your last trip to the hospital? The stuff we carry around says a lot about us. If I were to dump my purse right now, you’d find a shell from my last trip to the ocean, a garnet Read More >

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The Power is in Our Hands

Angela Dunbar with her Family

Angela Dunbar, Manager of the CDC and CDC Foundation’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients Program “I wonder if they will all say the same thing,” I thought as I waited for the steady flow of my medical team to begin filing in and out of my exam room. You see, I had breast cancer and Read More >

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Unintended Consequences for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Matt Davis, MD

Matt Davis, MD, Clinical Medical Director SCI Service Line, TIRR Memorial Hermann The story would have been shocking, if I had not seen the precursors many times before. My patient was paralyzed by a bulging disc in her spine. In an effort to achieve “High Reliability” and reach the goal of “Zero Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Read More >

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An Industry Perspective: Effective Antibiotic Stewardship in Urgent Care Is Achievable

J.D. Zipkin, MD, MA, Associate Medical Director at Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care There is room for improvement in antibiotic prescribing in the urgent care setting, as demonstrated by a recently published research letter by the CDC. The data showed outpatient antibiotic prescription rates for antibiotic-inappropriate conditions are highest in urgent care centers as compared to Read More >

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