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Searching for C. difficile at Hospital Admission: A Commentary in JAMA Internal Medicine

Clifford McDonald, MD

Author: L. Clifford McDonald, MD Associate Director for Science, CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Patients receiving medical care for something else can get an infection known as a healthcare-associated infection. The most common bacteria responsible for these infections in hospitals is Clostridium difficile (C. difficile). In a recent issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, my Read More >

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Focus on the Science of Prevention at SHEA Spring 2016

Guest Authors: Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin   When we were getting started in the field, there were a limited number of people interested in what we were doing with Read More >

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Patient Safety is Public Health

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Guest Author: Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS President and CEO, National Patient Safety Foundation It is difficult to begin any discussion of patient safety in the United States without mentioning the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System. Released in December 1999, the report brought public attention 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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Antibiotic-resistant Infections in Healthcare: Protect Every Patient, Every Time

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Dr. Denise Cardo This month’s Vital Signs report focuses on protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and antibiotic-resistant infections. It reveals a concerning fact that many HAIs are caused by urgent or serious antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The data show the U.S. has made progress in preventing some HAIs in acute care settings. However, the report Read More >

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