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Category: Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use (Stewardship)

Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonatal Intensive Care: The Oregon and Southwest Washington Collaboration

From left to right: Dmitry Dukovny, MD, MPH; Peter Grubb, MD; John Zupancic, MD, ScD, panelists during the iNICQ Symposium at the 2016 Annual Quality Congress

Guest Author: Dmitry Dukhovny, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University; Co-leader of the Northwest Neonatal Improvement Priority Alliance (NWIPA) There are around 4 million births per year in the United States. Several hundred thousand of these infants are admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) annually because of a Read More >

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My Journey to Antibiotic Stewardship (in a small, rural hospital)

Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC

Guest Author: Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC, Director of Pharmacy, Ellenville Regional Hospital, Ellenville, New York My interest in microorganisms and infection control – specifically as it relates to antibiotics – dates back to when I was in pharmacy college in the 1970s. I worked in a microbiology laboratory, which I found fascinating. Fast forward to Read More >

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Carl’s Story: Remembering Our Son During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Chris and Joyce Romm

Guest Author: Chris and Joyce Romm Every year in the United States, at least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections. Our son – Carl – was one of them. Carl was our first child, and it’s hard to put into words just how special he was. He was ambitious and caring. Curious and adventurous. He Read More >

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341 Days Without a C. difficile Infection: How Mercy Health – St. Anne Hospital Reduced C. difficile Infection Rates to Zero

Lisa Beauch BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN, CIC

Guest Author: Lisa Beauch BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN, CIC Infection Prevention, Toledo Regional Manager Mercy Health C. difficile (C. diff) is the most common cause of healthcare–associated diarrhea in U.S. hospitals. Reducing healthcare-acquired Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) is a complex and evolving battle. But it’s a battle that can be won. At Mercy Health — 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.

Content provided by CDC’s Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases 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 Read More >

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