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Perspective – Outpatient Settings Policy Options for Improving Infection Prevention

Dr. Denise Cardo

Author: Dr. Denise Cardo Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Every week in my role overseeing healthcare quality and patient safety for CDC, I hear stories about patients being harmed by providers who fail to understand Read More >

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CDC and HRET Work Together to Fight Infections in Hospitals

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Author: Carolyn Gould, MD, MSCR CDC Team Lead for Hospital Infection Prevention On any given day, approximately 1 in 25 hospitalized patients has a healthcare-associated infection, with an estimated 722,000 healthcare-associated infections each year, resulting in 75,000 infection-associated deaths. Ebola infection of two healthcare personnel in the U.S. in 2014 further highlighted the need to Read More >

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Clean hands stop germs: Fostering dialogue between patients and healthcare professionals

Author: Laura Buford, RN, BSN, CIC Infection Preventionist/Employee Health Nurse, Lakeway Regional Medical Center, Lakeway, Texas; APIC Communications Committee Chair Many patients or family members may not be sure what, if any, part they play in preventing infections. But there are many ways that they can help us reduce infections in and out of healthcare Read More >

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Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria convene for inaugural meeting

Members with HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, at the first meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on Sept. 29 in D.C. Photo credit: Ellen Wan.

The recently-appointed members of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria convened in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 29 for its first public meeting. The Advisory Council—which includes Dr. Beth Bell, Director of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at CDC, as a non-voting member—is comprised of human and animal health Read More >

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Prevention Research: Helping Hospitals Stop Spread of Bacteria, Protecting Patients and Staff

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Author: John Jernigan, MD Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Every day, patients get infections in healthcare facilities while they are being treated for something else. Unfortunately, these infections can have devastating emotional, financial, and medical effects. Collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More >

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