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Educating the Public About Sepsis

Sepsis is a bodys responce to infection, preventable and treatable in most cases, number 1 cost of hospitalization in the US

Author: Marijke Vroomen Durning, RN – Director of Content, Sepsis Alliance September is Sepsis Awareness Month – 30 days to put a spotlight on a condition that kills more Americans every year than breast cancer, prostate cancer, and AIDS combined. According to this year’s Sepsis Alliance (SA) Annual Awareness survey, knowledge of the word sepsis Read More >

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Candida auris: An Emerging Global Fungal Disease

A strain of Candida auris cultured at the CDC laboratories. C. auris is a yeast that can cause serious infections.

Antimicrobial resistance isn’t just a challenge with bacteria. Fungi can develop resistance, too. In its 2013 Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, CDC called attention to severe and resistant infections caused by a group of fungi called Candida. Since then, a new species, Candida auris, has emerged, far more resistant to antifungal drugs than those seen before. Read More >

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The Ascension Experience: Building the Infrastructure for Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Large Health System

Roy Guharoy, Pharm.D., MBA

You might have heard of Ascension – after all, it’s the largest nonprofit health system in the United States. We have 141 hospitals and more than 21,000 acute care beds in 25 states and the District of Columbia. But what you may not have heard is we have made swift progress in our antimicrobial stewardship. Read More >

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Latest Release in Free CE and CME Series on Infection Prevention and Control from CDC & Medscape

Injection Safety: A systems Approach

Available Now: Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC, Director, Healthcare Epidemiology and Patient Safety Program, University of Louisville Marion A. Kainer, MD, MPH, FRACP, FSHEA, Director, Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program, Tennessee Department of Health Joseph Perz, DrPH, MA, Prevention Team Leader, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recent Read More >

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Antibiotic Stewardship in Action: Southwest Health System’s Approach

Penicillin discoverer Andrew Fleming warned in 1945 that overuse of the antibiotic could result in resistant bacteria. In 2017, we are facing that era for most antimicrobials. Medical professionals are working to slow the spread of antimicrobial resistance, and small hospitals can perform many of the same stewardship activities as larger facilities. While critical access Read More >

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