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Category: Infection Control and Prevention

Candida auris: An Emerging Global Fungal Disease

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

Superbugs threaten patients treated in healthcare facilities every day, and drug-resistant bacteria cause over two million illnesses every year in the U.S. It’s critical that all healthcare workers understand proper infection control procedures and use them without fail. Our patients’ lives may depend on it. To support education and prevention, CDC and Medscape are launching Read More >

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Protecting Patients from Legionnaires’ Disease: 7 Steps to Creating a Water Management Program

Jonathan J. Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE

Guest Author: Jonathan J. Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE Senior Associate Director of Advocacy for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association Legionnaires’ disease is a serious type of pneumonia that people most commonly get by inhaling mist that contains Legionella bacteria. People can less commonly get this disease by aspirating Read More >

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Outbreak Response & the Leadership Needed to Manage It

Guest Author: Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO. Chair, SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program Advisory Panel Just the word “Ebola” can put patients and healthcare facilities on high alert. Outbreaks of pathogens of high consequence can occur with little forewarning, and the timing of the next major event – whether novel influenza or another infection – is unknown. Read More >

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