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Sepsis Opportunities: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dr. Runa Gokhale and Dr. Raymund Dantes

Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is a life-threatening medical emergency. Sepsis happens when an infection you already have triggers a chain reaction throughout your body. Infections that lead to sepsis most often start in the lung, urinary tract, skin, or gastrointestinal tract. Without timely treatment, sepsis can rapidly lead to Read More >

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Protecting Patients Through Healthcare Resiliency

Dr. Denise Cardo

Denise Cardo, MD Director, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention In keeping with the catalyzing nature of past Decennial conferences, an international conference that occurs once every 10 years, to set the research agenda for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections Read More >

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CDC Supports Microbiome Science to Advance Infection Prevention, Clinical Care, and Public Health

Controlling and containing emerging antibiotic-resistant threats and protecting people requires novel and innovative approaches. The human microbiome is a promising area of research for these efforts. Infectious disease experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently co-edited a special issue of the Journal of Read More >

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Celebrating National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2021

Dr. Denise Cardo

Long-term care staff are healthcare heroes In recognition of National Skilled Nursing Care Week 2021, the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion would like to thank the long-term care staff of facilities across the country for the their great work and dedication to caring for and protecting residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have heard many Read More >

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New Study Sets Baseline to Measure Quality of Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Hospitals

In Hospitals in 2015 More Than Half of antibiotic prescribing for selected events was not consistent with recommended prescribing practices. Since then, CDC and Hospitals have: Established a method and a baseline for measuring the quality of hospital antibiotic prescribing and set national targets for improvement. Expanded antibiotic stewardship programs, with 89% of U.S. hospitals meeting all 7 Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in 2019. Received antibiotic use data from more than 2,000 hospitals through CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network (up from 120 hospitals in 2015). Read More About: CDC collaborations with parterns to improve antibiotic use across all healthcare settings; http://bit.ly/AbxStewAction. HHS & CDC Logos.

Experts set national targets to improve prescribing—essential to protecting patients and slowing the rise of antibiotic resistance On March 18, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a new study in JAMA Network Open showing that in 2015, more than half of antibiotics prescribed in U.S hospitals did not follow recommended prescribing practices. Read More >

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