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Cystic Fibrosis and C. Diff : A Dangerous Combination

As told to CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient, Chris Gautier was used to enduring pain and discomfort. When Chris began having abdominal discomfort on an otherwise routine summer evening he chocked it up to typical CF indigestion. However, this time the pain persisted, and grew so intense that Read More >

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Addressing Antibiotic Resistance in Dentistry: “What can WE do?”

Marie T. Fluent, DDS

Guest Author: Marie T. Fluent, DDS Educational Consultant for Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Antibiotic resistance and antibiotic-associated adverse events are now some of our most serious global health threats (1). As a community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral health care, OSAP Read More >

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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response. Most people know that heart disease Read More >

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Out From Under the Bus

Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN

Guest Author: Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN Many health professionals believe that reporting a colleague’s alcohol or other drug problem is “throwing them under the bus.” However, most professionals in recovery from a substance use disorder agree that they were already under the bus that was going to run over and kill them. Most Read More >

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We All Must Get Smarter About Antibiotics

Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation

Guest Author: Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation I had scarlet fever when I was six years old. The infection had me in the hospital for a week, while the doctors struggled to diagnose my illness and then managed my treatment with antibiotics. One of my earliest memories is being shaken awake at Read More >

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