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How much antibiotic use is too much?

Guest author – Elizabeth Dodds Ashley, PharmD, MHS, FCCP, BCPS Associate Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services and Antimicrobial Stewardship Pharmacist – University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY Although this question sounds simple on the surface, answering it is one of the biggest challenges to stewardship programs both old and new.  Unlike our infection prevention colleagues, Read More >

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Hand Hygiene: Patients Speak Up – Part 2 of 3

Krissy Brinsley-Rainisch, MPH CDC Health Communications Specialist CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Performing hand hygiene is a simple, mundane task. It is a very low tech action but has been shown to dramatically reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs). Still, there are a multitude of reasons why it isn’t always practiced as recommended: forgetfulness, too busy, Read More >

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