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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

A Doctor’s Perspective – Uncovering Why Some Doctors Don’t Understand Sepsis

Steven Q. Simpson, MD

Guest Author: Steven Q. Simpson, MD University of Kansas and Sepsis Alliance I am one of the newest members of the board of directors of Sepsis Alliance.  If you haven’t heard of Sepsis Alliance, it is a non-profit organization whose aim is to heighten awareness of severe sepsis as an emergency among the general public Read More >

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A Mother’s Account: “If We Had Known About Sepsis, We Would Have Looked for Sepsis”

Rory Staunton

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton Co-Founder of The Rory Staunton Foundation Our son Rory Staunton, 12 years old, died on Sunday, April 01, 2012 from undiagnosed sepsis. A few days earlier Rory fell playing basketball and scraped his arm. Rory began to feel ill just past midnight a day and a half after the fall. His Read More >

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Why So Many Foleys?

Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Wendy Kaler, MPH, CIC Dignity Health Clinical Lead for CAUTI Prevention At Dignity Health, our goal is to reduce the rate of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent before 2015, and we are well on our way. We have introduced specific evidence-based practices and bedside intervention activities to Read More >

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Success in Controlling Outbreaks in an Intensive Care Unit Using CDC Toolkit Interventions

Kyle B. Enfield, MD

Guest Author: Kyle B. Enfield, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, Medical Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit, University of Virginia Infections due to carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) are on the rise globally. These infections have limited therapeutic options, and invasive infections due to CRE are associated with a mortality rate upwards of 40 percent. Read More >

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Looking forward to APIC Annual Conference, June 7-9 in Anaheim

Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC

Guest Author: Timothy Wiemken, PhD, MPH, CIC Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases University of Louisville School of Medicine The 41st Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will definitely be the best one yet. Each year more than 2,500 clinical professionals from around the world gather for Read More >

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