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Category: Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use (Stewardship)

National Targets Set to Help Reduce Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions in Outpatient Settings

Guest Author: David Hyun, M.D. The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a first-of-its kind analysis of antibiotic use in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and other hospital-based clinics in the United States. The analysis, conducted in partnership with a panel of leading antibiotic experts, identifies acute respiratory Read More >

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Searching for C. difficile at Hospital Admission: A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

Clifford McDonald, MD

Author: L. Clifford McDonald, MD Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Patients receiving medical care for something else can get an infection known as a healthcare-associated infection. The most common bacteria responsible for these infections in hospitals is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, my Read More >

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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Author: Dr. Scott Fridkin As part of last week’s Vital Signs release, CDC launched—for the first time—a web app with interactive data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas makes percent resistance data reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2011 to 2014 accessible in a customizable, Read More >

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C Diff Foundation Launches Patient, Family Support Program

C. diff. Nationwide Community Support (CDNCS)

Guest Author: Nancy Caralla Executive Director of C Diff Foundation C. difficile (C. diff.) infections are responsible for almost half a million infections and at least 15,000 deaths each year in the U.S. A C. diff. diagnosis can be traumatic. Many patients, as well as family members, experience a wide range of emotions including confusion, Read More >

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Preserving the Power of Antibiotics for Humans and Animals

Antibiotic Resistance from the Farm to the Table

Guest Author: Dr. Lonnie King The single most important action to slow the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant infections is for every one of us to improve the way antibiotics are prescribed and used. Antibiotics in human and veterinary medicine remain the cornerstone of treating and preventing serious bacterial infections. However, it will take commitment Read More >

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