The COVID-19 pandemic adds impetus to a longstanding mission of a nurse scientist: getting hospitalized patients to wash their hands. Somewhat surprisingly, this commonsense measure is not in effect at many facilities, although it is known that patients can contaminate their own invasive lines and self-inoculate infections.
An unsuspected case of COVID-19 — hospitalized as the pandemic was beginning in the United States — exposed 43 healthcare workers and caused what are thought to be the first occupational infections with the virus.
The emergency medicine physician serves a critical role for trauma and surgical patients. Early recognition of infections and understanding the indications for prophylaxis are critical for management of pediatric trauma patients. The authors explore the most common etiologic agents by body system and prophylactic and therapeutic strategies.
Three cases thought to be first U.S. occupational infections
April 30, 2020
An unsuspected case of COVID-19 — hospitalized as the pandemic was beginning in the United States — exposed 43 healthcare personnel and caused what are thought to be the first occupational infections with the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
The key change from the 2009 vancomycin guidelines is the switch from trough-based to area under the curve (AUC)-based dosing and monitoring. This article will highlight key differences between the 2009 and 2020 guidelines, limitations of the new guidelines, and implementation issues.