Category: Antibiotic Resistance and Antibiotic Use (Stewardship)

Poster Commitments Make an Impact on Antibiotic Prescribing

NYS Department of Health recently rolled out a “Get Smart Guarantee” poster

Author: Katherine Fleming-Dutra A commitment from all healthcare team members to prescribe antibiotics appropriately and engage in antibiotic stewardship is critical to improving antibiotic prescribing. Clinicians can demonstrate commitment to appropriate antibiotic prescribing by writing and displaying public commitments in support of antibiotic stewardship. For example, inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections were reduced Read More >

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New Study Shows Many Patients Not Receiving Right Type of Antibiotics

Figure 1: Outpatient Anitbiotic Perscriptions 2010-11

Guest authors: Adam Hersh, MD, PhD and Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, FACP Prescribing the right antibiotic for a patient’s infection is critical both to the wellbeing of the patient and to slowing the spread of antibiotic resistance. Yet, many individuals diagnosed with common bacterial infections in doctors’ offices, emergency rooms and hospital-based clinics in the Read More >

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Stronger Together: Children’s Hospitals Aim to Save Lives from Sepsis

Amy Knight

Guest Author: Amy Wimpey Knight Chief Operating Officer, Children’s Hospital Association Sepsis has been called the “silent killer" and is devastating in children. In fact, sepsis is a leading cause of death among children and kills more than 4,500 children each year. And, of the 40,000 children diagnosed with sepsis each year, 38 percent of Read More >

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Sepsis Survivor: Working to Save the Antibiotics that Saved My Life

Dana Mirman

Guest Author: Dana Mirman, writer and publicist In December, it will be five years since a bump on my shoulder that I thought was a bug bite developed into a life-threatening infection. The day after I noticed the bump, I suddenly developed flu-like symptoms that quickly turned into the worst “flu” of my life. Within Read More >

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What Healthcare Providers Can Do to Slow Gonorrhea’s Growing Resistance to First-line Antibiotics

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS)

Author: Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS), Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported infectious disease in the United States, with more than 800,000 infections estimated to occur annually. These gonorrhea bacteria are frustratingly nimble in their ability to become resistant to Read More >

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