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Wadsworth Center Bacteriology Laboratory

Kimberlee A. Musser, Ph.D. Chief, Bacterial Diseases Wadsworth Center, NYSDOH Souvenirs: What did you bring home from your last trip to the hospital? The stuff we carry around says a lot about us. If I were to dump my purse right now, you’d find a shell from my last trip to the ocean, a garnet Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive Read More >

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A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection

The Rory Staunton Foundation was established by Ciaran and Orlaith Staunton following the preventable death of their 12-year-old son, Rory, from sepsis in 2012.

Guest Author: Orlaith Staunton  Co-Founder Rory Staunton Foundation for Sepsis Prevention A Back to Basics Approach to Prevent Infection It was hard to see it happen. We were watching a friend’s basketball game when the young boy fell down and began to bleed from a cut on his arm. The referee sent him out of Read More >

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Addressing Antibiotic Resistance in Dentistry: “What can WE do?”

Marie T. Fluent, DDS

Guest Author: Marie T. Fluent, DDS Educational Consultant for Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) Antibiotic resistance and antibiotic-associated adverse events are now some of our most serious global health threats (1). As a community of clinicians, educators, researchers, and industry representatives who advocate for safe and infection-free delivery of oral health care, OSAP Read More >

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My Story: When the Signs of Sepsis are Missed

Amy Widener

Guest Author: Amy Widener Sepsis survivor March 13, 2013, my body went into septic shock. January 12, 2013, I ran the Disney half marathon. At 38, I was in the best shape of my life. One week later I woke up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. I made my way to Read More >

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