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Category: Healthcare-associated infections

C. diff in Our Kids: A Call to Action


Author: Christian John Lillis My mother loved children. Me and my brother Liam, her 12 godchildren, and the 24 children she taught each year in her kindergarten class. We lost Mom at just 56 years old to a Clostridium difficile infection in April 2010. In response to her death, we started the Peggy Lillis Foundation Read More >

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The Power of Antibiotic Stewardship in Patient Care


Author: Don Goldmann, MD Chief Medical and Scientific Officer Institute for Healthcare Improvement Clinical Professor of Pediatrics Harvard Medical School Professor of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Epidemiology Harvard School of Public Health For the past several years, IHI has been actively engaged in working with a wide variety of acute care hospitals in partnership Read More >

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Preserving Antibiotics Key to Protecting Patients


Author: Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH Acting Surgeon General Antibiotics are powerful tools for fighting illness and disease, but some of these drugs are being rendered less effective due to overprescribing, misuse, and bacterial evolution. Many of our advances in medical treatment, such as chemotherapy and transplants, depend on antibiotics’ ability to fight Read More >

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Helping Cancer Patients Prevent Infections this Winter


Author:   Alice Guh, M.D., M.P.H. Medical Officer, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion When you are battling cancer, the last thing you want to get is an infection.  This is one of the reasons why I am involved in Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients,  a program focused on providing information, action steps and tools for Read More >

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Engineering Safe Healthcare: Why CDC Needs Business Partnerships


Author: Dr. Michael Bell Deputy Director, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Working at CDC, I see how our country is doing at protecting patients during medical care.  While we’ve made some solid progress, I am still shocked when we uncover outbreaks or infection control breaches that are simple and unacceptable lapses in basic safe Read More >

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