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Category: Sepsis

Sepsis Awareness Month: Why Each Person Matters

Dr. Denise Cardo

Denise Cardo, MD Director CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that affects at least 1.7 million adults in the United States each year and causes nearly 270,000 deaths. This is too many lives. While Read More >

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After Beating Cancer, Our Daughter Died from a Superbug Infection

picture of Meredith Littlejohn

Guest Authors: Steve Littlejohn and Stefanie London Modern medicine as we know it relies on effective antibiotics. I learned this in the most difficult way imaginable when our daughter was on her way to beating cancer only to succumb to an antibiotic-resistant infection. When Meredith entered her senior year, she was at the top of Read More >

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When Prescribed Incorrectly, Lifesaving Antibiotics Can Be Dangerous, Carry Real Risks

Rachel Brummert, B.S., M.S., President of Patient Safety Impact In 2006, my doctor prescribed me Levaquin—a fluoroquinolone antibiotic—for a suspected sinus infection. A few weeks later, I ruptured my Achilles tendon while walking across a parking lot to my car. Since that time, I have suffered 24 tendon ruptures, each of which required extensive reconstructive 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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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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