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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

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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Addressing Antibiotic Resistance in Dentistry: “What can WE do?”

Marie T. Fluent, DDS

Guest Author: Marie T. Fluent, DDS Educational Consultant for Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Antibiotic resistance and antibiotic-associated adverse events are now some of our most serious global health threats (1). As a community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral health care, OSAP Read More >

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The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) leads Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 12-18.

Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS Patient Safety Awareness Week is a time to raise awareness about preventable harm in health care. As part of NPSF’s campaign they issued a Call to Action, citing patient safety as a public health crisis that requires a public health response. Most people know that heart disease Read More >

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Out From Under the Bus

Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN

Guest Author: Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN Many health professionals believe that reporting a colleague’s alcohol or other drug problem is “throwing them under the bus.” However, most professionals in recovery from a substance use disorder agree that they were already under the bus that was going to run over and kill them. Most Read More >

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Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

NYS Department of Health recently rolled out a “Get Smart Guarantee” poster

Author: Katherine Fleming-Dutra A commitment from all healthcare team members to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and engage in antibiotic stewardship is critical to improving antibiotic prescribing. Clinicians can demonstrate commitment to appropriate antibiotic prescribing by writing and displaying public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship. For example, inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections were reduced Read More >

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