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Antibiotic Misuse Continues to Threaten Effectiveness by Increasing Resistance

Author – Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Antibiotic resistance isn’t a scare tactic or a doomsday scenario; it’s a real and present danger confronting hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the world. From 2006 to 2008, rates of resistance to imipenem, an antibiotic used to treat resistant organisms, among the bacteria Read More >

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Antibiotic use in the United States: where do we stand?

Author – Ramanan Laxminarayan, Ph.D., director of Extending the Cure (ETC) Patients in the United States are among the most intensive users of antibiotics in the world, but you may be surprised to learn that overall per capita outpatient antibiotic prescribing in the United States has decreased in recent years. In fact, between 1999 and Read More >

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California Initiative Promotes Appropriate Use of Antimicrobials in Healthcare Facilities

Author – Dr. Trivedi, California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative, California Department of Public Health. In February 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) launched the country’s first statewide initiative to promote optimization of antimicrobials in healthcare facilities. In less than two years, the cutting-edge California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) Initiative is helping California healthcare Read More >

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Using Antibiotics Wisely in Long Term Care Settings

AMDA – Dedicated to Long Term Care Many of us have or will have loved ones in long term care facilities. These healthcare settings are critical to providing healthcare and everyday assistance to people with chronic illnesses or disabilities, who otherwise would be unable to take care of themselves. Like other healthcare settings, antibiotics are Read More >

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NY State collaborative – a groundbreaking Antimicrobial Stewardship Project for hospitals and long-term care

Author – David P. Calfee, MD, MS Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, Chief Hospital Epidemiologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell in New York City The GNYHA, UHF, and NYSDOH Antimicrobial Stewardship Project While most discussions of antibiotic resistance and improving antibiotic prescribing practices (“antimicrobial stewardship”) focus on hospitals, Read More >

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