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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

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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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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Cystic Fibrosis and C. Diff : A Dangerous Combination

As told to CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion As a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient, Chris Gautier was used to enduring pain and discomfort. When Chris began having abdominal discomfort on an otherwise routine summer evening he chocked it up to typical CF indigestion. However, this time the pain persisted, and grew so intense that Read More >

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