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We All Must Get Smarter About Antibiotics

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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Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

NYS Department of Health recently rolled out a “Get Smart Guarantee” poster

A commitment from all healthcare team members to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and engage in antibiotic stewardship is critical to improving antibiotic prescribing. Clinicians can demonstrate commitment to appropriate antibiotic prescribing by writing and displaying public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship. For example, inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections were reduced after clinicians displayed, Read More >

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New Study Shows Many Patients Not Receiving Right Type of Antibiotics

Figure 1: Outpatient Anitbiotic Perscriptions 2010-11

Guest authors: Adam Hersh, MD, PhD and Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, FACP Prescribing the right antibiotic for a patient’s infection is critical both to the wellbeing of the patient and to slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Yet, many individuals diagnosed with common bacterial infections in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospital-based clinics in the Read More >

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The Faces of Zero Infections

Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC

Guest author: Susan A. Dolan, RN, MS, CIC, FAPIC, 2016 President of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) October 16-22 is International Infection Prevention Week and this year’s theme is “Breaking the Chain of Infection.” As an infection preventionist (IP), my job is to ensure that we do everything possible to Read More >

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My Story: When the Signs of Sepsis are Missed

Amy Widener

Guest Author: Amy Widener Sepsis survivor March 13, 2013, my body went into septic shock. January 12, 2013, I ran the Disney half marathon. At 38, I was in the best shape of my life. One week later I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. I made my way to Read More >

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