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Category: Patient Stories and Patient Safety

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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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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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

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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