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Boosting Infection Prevention: A Case Study on AdventHealth Celebration Hospital

In a commendable move, AdventHealth Celebration hospital has significantly escalated its infection prevention and control (IPC) efforts by augmenting its IPC team - marking a leap from the earlier 2.0 to the present 4.8 full-time equivalents. Host infections, particularly healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) such as central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs),…

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The Rising Threat of Superbugs: Exploring Antibiotic Overuse in US Hospitals & Directives for Superbug Prevention

The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the burgeoning issue of superbugs - bacteria that exhibit resistance to antibiotic treatment - according to data from the US and around the globe. Unveiled at the 2024 Global European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases conference in two separate studies by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National…

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Overuse of Antibiotics During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Threat to Healthcare?

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with an alarming increase in the overuse of antibiotics, leading to escalating concerns about the growth of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. Despite the well-established understanding that antibiotics are ineffective in curing COVID-19, many patients have been prescribed this class of medications. Amidst the confusion, concern and higher number of patients…

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The Rising Threat of Carbapenem-Resistant Gram-Negative bacteria in ICUs and the Need for Effective Control: A Study from Kenya

The worldwide public health threat posed by Carbapenem-resistant Gram-negative bacteria (CR-GNB) cannot be overemphasized, especially in Intensive Care Units (ICU). The danger engendered by these organisms is exacerbated due to the scarcity of comprehensive surveillance data, especially in settings with resource constraints. This article presents findings from a study that assessed both the prevalence of…

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Maintaining Vigilance: CDC Enhances Surveillance for Possible H5N1 Bird Flu Spread

In a strategic move aimed at bolstering the nation's defense against potential influenza outbreaks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations pertaining to flu surveillance. The respective guidelines, unveiled on May 21st, emphasize the necessity of uncompromising and continual operation of flu surveillance systems, even during the non-peak season of…

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Influential Nurses from National Nurses United Join CDC’s Infection Control Advisory Committee

National Nurses United (NNU), the biggest union of registered nurses across the United States, proudly announces that its chief industrial hygienist, Jane Thomason, has been invited to join the influential Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) workgroup, functioning under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This inclusion represents a significant milestone in…

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