Germ Catcher Blog

Antibiotic Stewardship: Using Evidence-Based Safe Prescribing Practices

Guest Author – Jason G. Newland, MD MEd FPIDS Medical Director of Patient Safety and Systems Reliability Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics, Kansas City, Missouri Antibiotic resistance is one of the nation’s most pressing public health threats. Yesterday CDC led several important discussions at the White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship. This forum is a

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White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship

Author: CDC The White House is convening the Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to bring together key human and animal health constituencies involved in the development, promotion, and implementation of activities to improve antib…

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New protocol offers hospitals an option to detect bacterial contamination of duodenoscopes

Author: Michael Bell, MD Deputy Director of CDCs Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Combatting antibiotic-resistant infections and protecting patients are national priorities. The President’s FY 2016 Budget invests in efforts to combat and prevent antibiotic resistance, and nearly doubles the amount of federal funding to more than $1.2 billion. The Administration has also issued its […]

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C. diff survivor and advocate shares her story

Guest Author: Nancy C Caralla Founding Executive Director, President of the C Diff Foundation. My name is Nancy Caralla, and I know all too much about Clostridium difficile (C. diff).  I am a nurse and contracted C. diff while caring for patients suffering from this horrible infection. Now, I am a C. diff survivor. Tragically, […]

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Antibiotic Resistance: Urgent Health Threat Jeopardizing Modern Medicine

Antibiotic resistance, the ability of bacteria to resist the effects of drugs, is perhaps the single most important infectious disease threat of our time.  Although some people are at greater risk than others, no one can completely avoid the risk of antibiotic-resistant infections. These infections affect real people and they can be horrible for patients. […]

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