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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

Unintended Consequences for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Matt Davis, MD

Matt Davis, MD, Clinical Medical Director SCI Service Line, TIRR Memorial Hermann The story would have been shocking, if I had not seen the precursors many times before. My patient was paralyzed by a bulging disc in her spine. In an effort to achieve “High Reliability” and reach the goal of “Zero Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012.

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton  Co-Founder Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection It was hard to see it happen. We were watching a friend’s basketball game when the young boy fell down and began to bleed from a cut on his arm. The referee sent him out of Read More >

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonatal Intensive Care: The Oregon and Southwest Washington Collaboration

From left to right: Dmitry Dukovny, MD, MPH; Peter Grubb, MD; John Zupancic, MD, ScD, panelists during the iNICQ Symposium at the 2016 Annual Quality Congress

Guest Author: Dmitry Dukhovny, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University; Co-leader of the Northwest Neonatal Improvement Priority Alliance (NWIPA) There are around 4 million births per year in the United States. Several hundred thousand of these infants are admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) annually because of a Read More >

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My Journey to Antibiotic Stewardship (in a small, rural hospital)

Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC

Guest Author: Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC, Director of Pharmacy, Ellenville Regional Hospital, Ellenville, New York My interest in microorganisms and infection control – specifically as it relates to antibiotics – dates back to when I was in pharmacy college in the 1970s. I worked in a microbiology laboratory, which I found fascinating. Fast forward to Read More >

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