Germ Catcher Blog

Protect Nursing Home Residents by Improving Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes

Author: Nimalie Stone, MD Medical Epidemiologist, CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Improving the use of antibiotics in healthcare is critical to protect patients and reduce the threat of antibiotic resistance. In nursing homes, antibiotics are frequently prescribed medications; as many as 70% of residents receive antibiotics over the course of a year. However, a

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The Role of the Clinical Environment of Care in Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections

Guest Author: J. Hudson Garrett Jr., PhD, MSN, MPH, FNP, PLNC, CSRN, CHESP, VA-BC, FACDONA Industry Liaison, Board of Directors Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE), A Personal Membership Group of the American Hospital Association Today, I’m here at CDC with the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE) to talk with CDC about critical issues

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Harnessing Home Care in Early Sepsis Recognition

Guest Author: Al Cardillo Executive Vice President Home Care Association (HCA) of New York State Early recognition of potential sepsis symptoms, rapid referral for confirmatory diagnosis, and swift intervention are imperative to protect patients. Healt…

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The Long Tail of Sepsis

Guest Author: Hallie C. Prescott, MD, MSc Pulmonary and Critical Care University of Michigan Ann Arbor VA Hospital I am an intensive care unit (ICU) doctor. Ever since I began medical training, I was drawn to the ICU. I love the challenge of caring for…

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The Cost of Sepsis

Guest Author: Jim O’Brien Vice President of Quality and Patient Safety Ohio Health Riverside Methodist Hospital I am biased about sepsis, but I will try to put that aside and present an argument for why people who have day jobs like me – hospital a…

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The Need for EMS to be on the Lookout for Pediatric Sepsis

Guest Author: Rommie L. Duckworth, LP Founder, Director New England Center for Rescue & Emergency Medicine, LLC Anya Coronel was born on April 18, 2009. A beautiful baby girl, Anya was born with spina bifida, a birth defect that, while corrected by surgery, would leave her prone to infections as well as a condition known

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