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Hospital Infection Control & Prevention – April 1, 2016

April 1, 2016

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  • Prevent the Bug, Save the Drug:

    Once largely consigned to separate silos, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship are starting to show signs of a powerful partnership. The CDC’s most recent update on the threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria emphasizes that drug stewardship and infection control must essentially be inseparable if they are going to be successful.

  • CDC Atlas Tool Maps out Resistant Bug Threat

    Trying to get a literal picture of the prevalence and geographic distribution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the U.S., the CDC has created an electronic, interactive map that can be accessed on the Web or through a mobile app. The Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas reports the percentage of various healthcare-associated infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

  • The One and the Many: Experts Urge New Paradigm on Antibiotic Resistance

    While the widespread overuse and misuse of antibiotics is frequently cited in discussions of increasing bacterial resistance, there are instances where even correct use for an individual patient raises the question of potential harm to others. A prevailing paradox in antibiotic therapy is that what is good for the one may be bad for the many.

  • Increasing Job Requirements Warrant More Funding for IPs, Epidemiologists

    As infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology continue to undergo a dramatic transformation in duties and responsibilities, resources and program support are lagging in many hospitals even as a Zika virus outbreak follows closely on the heels of Ebola.

  • Zika Update: U.S. Approaching 200 Cases

    As confirmed cases of the Zika virus disease continue to mount in the United States, frontline providers are scrambling to ensure that appropriate patients are screened for the illness, and to minimize the risk of transmission, especially to pregnant women.

  • Global Village: After Ebola and Zika, Patient Admitted to U.S. Hospital with Lassa Fever

    As this issue went to press, the CDC confirmed that a patient admitted to Emory University Hospital’s Serious Communicable Diseases Unit has Lassa fever, a hemorrhagic virus endemic in parts of West Africa.