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Category: Patient Stories and Patient Safety

New Guide Developed to Help U.S. Hospitals Improve Antibiotic Use; A National Health Priority

Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS)

Authors: Arjun Srinivasan, MD (CAPT, USPHS), Associate Director for Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention Programs, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, CDC, and Ed Septimus, MD, Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Epidemiology, HCA. Drs. Srinivasan and Septimus are co-chairs of the National Quality Partners’ antibiotic stewardship action team, convened by the National Quality Forum. Today, CDC, in Read More >

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What You Should Know about Hand Hygiene


Author: L. Clifford McDonald Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion The science is clear: clean hands can protect patients and healthcare providers from dangerous and deadly infections. Yet, studies show that on average, healthcare providers clean their hands less than half of the times they should.1 CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Read More >

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New Data Tool: Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Scott Fridkin, MD

Author: Dr. Scott Fridkin As part of last week’s Vital Signs release, CDC launched—for the first time—a web app with interactive data on healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas makes percent resistance data reported to National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) from 2011 to 2014 accessible in a customizable, Read More >

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Point Is Protection: Safety First for Oncology Health Care Professionals and Our Patients


Guest Author: Michele E. Gaguski MSN RN AOCN CHPN APN-C As an oncology nurse, I see the quick pace in which cancer treatment modalities continue to advance.  I attribute this rapid advancement to several factors: new medications have gained approval chemotherapy regimens involving multiple medications and administration methods have become mainstream clinical trials continue to Read More >

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Tackling Injection Safety Worldwide: WHO’s Safe Injection Global Network

Dr. Evelyn McKnight

Guest Author: Dr. Evelyn McKnight, President and Co-Founder of HONOReform How thrilling to be part of a global effort to advance injection safety! It was a rewarding moment when we entered the doors of the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in February to participate in meetings of the Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN). We Read More >

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