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Thursday, March 3, 2016
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Superbugs threaten hospital patients
1 in 4 catheter- and surgery-related HAIs caused by six resistant bacteria in long-term hospitals
America is doing a better job of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but more work is needed – especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from these infections.
A lot has happened in 2015 and healthcare officials have been kept pretty busy, to say the least. Great progress has been made, however and there is a lot we can appreciate from the previous year and look forward to in 2016. The following is a CDC perspective of what happened throughout 2015 and what they plan for this new year.
via The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 28 December, 2015
On November 23, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new use of a vaccine called BioThrax. It is to be used in conjunction with an antibiotic to treat persons between 18 and 65 years old who have been infected by anthrax.
The following is a CDC Press Release, sent on August 4, 2015.
Improved infection control and antibiotic prescribing could save 37,000 lives over five years
The latest CDC Vital Signs includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing.
The following is an article from the NPR Blog: Goats and Soda, as shared in The Guardian of Public Health.
This time last year, a painful new virus was knocking on our doorstep. Travelers were bringing Chikungunya to the U.S. And eventually, the mosquito-borne virus set up shop in Florida. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says another nasty pathogen is hitching a ride to the U.S. with travelers: multidrug-resistant Shigella.
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