CDC asks for States’ help on antibiotic resistance

As infections become more drug-resistant and harder to treat, prevention is key.   Good hospital infection control and improved antibiotic use have been important aspects of this effort, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added two new elements to the public discussion last week– better communication during interfacility transfer,  and involvement of the Local Health Department. These recommendations coincided with the release of a study August 4 in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), in which the authors argue that one of the most effective means of prevention is better communication about patients known to be infected or colonized during transfer to other facilities.   The authors go on to propose that this coordinated effort may need to be led by State Health Departments, not by individual facilities and healthcare systems. “If you’re a hospital doing a great job but the hospital down the street isn’t, […]

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“C. Diff” Infections– 5 Important Things to Know

Clostridium difficile (aka. “C. diff”) is a spore-forming bacteria that’s very hard to kill.  As C. diff becomes increasingly worrisome for hospital patients and infectious disease experts, what does the general public need to know? 1. C. diff infections are becoming more common and more severe.  A recent study funded by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that there are 453,000 infections in the United States per year and 29,300 deaths within 30 days after the initial diagnosis.  The infection will recur in an average of 20% of people infected.  Almost half of the infections occur in people under 65, but more than 90% of the deaths occur in people 65 and older. When the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued its major report Antibiotic resistance threats in the United States, 2013, there were only 3 bacteria concerning enough to be […]

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