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Category: Infection Control and Prevention

The Power is in Our Hands

Angela Dunbar with her Family

Angela Dunbar, Manager of the CDC and CDC Foundation’s Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients Program “I wonder if they will all say the same thing,” I thought as I waited for the steady flow of my medical team to begin filing in and out of my exam room. You see, I had breast cancer and Read More >

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Unintended Consequences for Patients with Spinal Cord Injury

Matt Davis, MD

Matt Davis, MD, Clinical Medical Director SCI Service Line, TIRR Memorial Hermann The story would have been shocking, if I had not seen the precursors many times before. My patient was paralyzed by a bulging disc in her spine. In an effort to achieve “High Reliability” and reach the goal of “Zero Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Read More >

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Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonatal Intensive Care: The Oregon and Southwest Washington Collaboration

From left to right: Dmitry Dukovny, MD, MPH; Peter Grubb, MD; John Zupancic, MD, ScD, panelists during the iNICQ Symposium at the 2016 Annual Quality Congress

Guest Author: Dmitry Dukhovny, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University; Co-leader of the Northwest Neonatal Improvement Priority Alliance (NWIPA) There are around 4 million births per year in the United States. Several hundred thousand of these infants are admitted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) annually because of a Read More >

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My Journey to Antibiotic Stewardship (in a small, rural hospital)

Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC

Guest Author: Michael Stearns, RPh, CASAC, Director of Pharmacy, Ellenville Regional Hospital, Ellenville, New York My interest in microorganisms and infection control – specifically as it relates to antibiotics – dates back to when I was in pharmacy college in the 1970s. I worked in a microbiology laboratory, which I found fascinating. Fast forward to Read More >

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Carl’s Story: Remembering Our Son During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week

Chris and Joyce Romm

Guest Author: Chris and Joyce Romm Every year in the United States, at least 23,000 people die from antibiotic-resistant infections. Our son – Carl – was one of them. Carl was our first child, and it’s hard to put into words just how special he was. He was ambitious and caring. Curious and adventurous. He Read More >

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