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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

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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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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Society of Hospital Medicine Resources to Empower Hospitalist Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts

Jennifer Townsend, MD

Guest Author: Jennifer Townsend, MD, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, ID Consultant to the Hospitalist Service Hospitalists have assumed major roles in inpatient care in both academic and community settings. At many institutions, hospitalists manage the majority of patients who have infectious disease diagnoses. High antibiotic use is endemic in hospitals. National efforts 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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