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Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Veterans Health Administration: Collaboration and Cooperation Generates Results

Kelly Echevarria, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID

Kelly Echevarria, PharmD, BCPS, AQ-ID National Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager, Infectious Diseases VHA Pharmacy Benefits Management PBM Designee co-lead; VHA National Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force (ASTF) Today marks the beginning of U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week on the day we observe Veterans Day. Promoting appropriate use of antibiotics within the Veterans Health Administration (VA) is one Read More >

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Help Your Patients Make Safer Food Choices

Dr. Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH

Robert Tauxe, MD, MPH, Director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases Every year, an estimated 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases. Salmonella and Campylobacter, two of the many types of bacteria that are commonly transmitted through food, can cause 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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Christiana Care Sees 39 Percent Decrease in Urgent Care Prescribing After First Year with Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Harold P. Kramer, M.D.

Harold P. Kramer, M.D., Lead Physician at Christiana Care Health System’s Medical Aid Units “Primum non nocere,” the Latin phrase which means “First, do no harm,” holds a significant relevance today as physicians strive to adhere to principles of antibiotic stewardship. While we recognize that antibiotic stewardship in ambulatory settings should be a top priority Read More >

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Clinicians: Use “mL”-only when Prescribing to Reduce Parent Dosing Errors and Keep Children Safe

H. Shonna Yin, MD, MS

Guest Author: Shonna Yin, MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population Health, NYU School of Medicine One thing that every clinician can do for National Safety Month is make sure they prescribe medications for children in the safest way. Dosing errors are the most common type of medication error that brings children into the Emergency Read More >

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