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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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Out From Under the Bus

Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN

Guest Author: Paula Davies Scimeca, RN, MS, CARN Many health professionals believe that reporting a colleague’s alcohol or other drug problem is “throwing them under the bus.” However, most professionals in recovery from a substance use disorder agree that they were already under the bus that was going to run over and kill them. Most Read More >

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We All Must Get Smarter About Antibiotics

Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation

Guest Author: Christian John Lillis, Executive Director, Peggy Lillis Foundation I had scarlet fever when I was six years old. The infection had me in the hospital for a week, while the doctors struggled to diagnose my illness and then managed my treatment with antibiotics. One of my earliest memories is being shaken awake at Read More >

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Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

NYS Department of Health recently rolled out a “Get Smart Guarantee” poster

Author: Katherine Fleming-Dutra A commitment from all healthcare team members to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and engage in antibiotic stewardship is critical to improving antibiotic prescribing. Clinicians can demonstrate commitment to appropriate antibiotic prescribing by writing and displaying public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship. For example, inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections were reduced Read More >

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New Study Shows Many Patients Not Receiving Right Type of Antibiotics

Figure 1: Outpatient Anitbiotic Perscriptions 2010-11

Guest authors: Adam Hersh, MD, PhD and Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, FACP Prescribing the right antibiotic for a patient’s infection is critical both to the wellbeing of the patient and to slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Yet, many individuals diagnosed with common bacterial infections in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospital-based clinics in the Read More >

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