Authors


Samuel L. Aitken, PharmD, MPH; and Cornelius J. Clancy, MD

Latest:

IDSA Guidance on the Treatment of Antimicrobial Resistant Gram-Negative Infections

Since late 2004, 7 novel antibiotics with activity against ESBL-E, CRE, and/or DTR P aeruginosa have been approved.


Itay Klaz, MD, MHCI

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5 Strategies for Improving Sepsis Care Management

Hospitalists can be better equipped to identify patients most in need of intervention and standardize sepsis management efforts.



Kimberly Humphrey, MBBS, MPH

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Climate Change Effects on Vector-Borne Disease: The Case of Lyme

With evolving weather patterns, the natural habitat of ticks is expanding, and more people are becoming susceptible to them.


Han Wei, BMED, PhD

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Backpack Science: Enabling Realtime Work in the Field for Genomic Testing of Infectious Diseases

Gathering data in the field, especially when it relates to infectious disease may have potentially profound implications for research because it enables scientists to generate valuable data quickly and efficiently without having to be in a laboratory setting.


Mandee Noval, PHARMD, BCIDP

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Stronger Than Yesterday: Decreased Hospital Readmissions After Strengthening of an OPAT Program

Although close clinician monitoring is warranted to avoid complications for this this type of treatment, it can be beneficial to patients and help reduce care costs.


Lina Meng, PharmD, BCIDP, BCCCP

Latest:

Vancomycin AUC Implementation in Resource-Limited Settings and its Associated Difficulties

The latest article from SIDP illustrates the challenges of area under the curve (AUC) implementation and offers insights for strategies and resources to overcome them.


Rodney E. Rohde, PhD, SV/SM/MB(ASCP)CM, FACSc

Latest:

As the Adenovirus-Induced Hepatitis Mystery Continues, an Understanding of Testing is Vital

Clinicians should consider adenovirus testing in pediatric patients with hepatitis of unknown etiology. Here is an update on the incidence rates and lab diagnostics associated with identifying the virus.


Joy Uzoma, PharmD, BCIDP

Latest:

Challenging the Status Quo: Oral Transitional Therapy for Infective Endocarditis

New evidence suggests that oral transitional therapy may be a promising option for the treatment of infective endocarditis (IE). A retrospective cohort study reveals comparable clinical outcomes between oral and intravenous antibiotic regimens.


Sylvia Ou, PharmD

Latest:

A Case of Candida Albicans Ventriculitis Secondary to E Coli Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection

Rare cases of health care–associated meningitis and ventriculitis in adults caused by Candida species are associated with recent bacterial meningitis and broad-spectrum antibiotic use.


Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS, BCIDP

Latest:

Children, COVID-19, and Another Crazy Respiratory Viral Season

Kevin J. Downes, MD, and Contagion® Section Editor Conan MacDougall, PharmD, MAS, BCPS, BCIDP, discuss these important topics as another season approaches.


Leslie McGorman, MPPA

Latest:

Political and Social Barriers to Ending the HIV Epidemic

Learning about these barriers is the first step to overcoming them.


Timothy Gauthier, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Latest:

5 Ways Pharmacists Can Use Social Media For Professional Advancement

Social media involves information and content sharing and pharmacists can utilize the various platforms to enhance their professional needs and resources for their careers.



Kevin Kavanagh, MD

Latest:

A Comparative Analysis Show Distinct Severity of COVID-19 vs Influenza

Results of a study by Yan Xie and colleagues highlight the severe impact of COVID-19, with higher death rates, increased risks of long-term complications, and greater infectivity compared to seasonal influenza.



William Schaffner, MD

Latest:

Final Thoughts on COVID-19 and Flu

Final thoughts from experts on controlling COVID-19 and influenza.


Ryan Mynatt, PharmD, BCPS

Latest:

Tricky Infusion Issues and Potential Solutions: OPAT Edition

Outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) offers benefits for patients as well as providing cost effectiveness; however, it is not without its challenges. Two clinicians provide insights on this modality.


Deema Abdelrahman, PharmBSc, BCIDP

Latest:

Antimicrobial Stewardship: How to Extend a Solid Handshake

In the latest column from SIDP, handshake stewardship prioritizes face-to-face communication between frontline providers to enable feedback to assess the appropriateness of prescribed antimicrobials.


Nicole Bradley, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP

Latest:

Shifting to Shorter Courses of Antibiotic Therapy for Common Pediatric Infections

In the latest SIDP column, two clinicians provide information on recent studies and guidelines directed at antibiotic durations in this patient population.


Stephen Pagkalinawan, MD

Latest:

A Case of Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Secondary to Cytomegalovirus Infection

There have been sporadic cases Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis, associated with Cytomegalovirus Infection infection, suggesting that CMV may cause clinically significant disease beyond mononucleosis in immunocompetent individuals.



Esther Y. Bae, PharmD, BCIDP

Latest:

Impact of Inpatient Pharmacist Review of Discharge Antibiotics

A food for thought as an ambulatory antibiotic stewardship initiative.




Seung Ha, PharmD

Latest:

Discussing Outpatient COVID-19 Treatments

Here is a look at some of the treatment alternatives, which can offer simpler logistics and cost considerations.


Nicholas Rebold, PharmD, BCIDP, AAHIVP, MPH

Latest:

The Role of Rifampin in Bone and Joint Infections

In the latest column from the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP), here is a discussion on the use of rifampin as an adjunctive antibiotic treatment for patients with diabetic foot osteomyelitis.


Nicolás Cortés-Penfield, MD

Latest:

Updates and Controversies in Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections

Changes in microbiology and antimicrobial resistance patterns warrant reevaluation of our current therapies for this condition.


Sara Haddad, MD

Latest:

Ruptured Echinococcal Pulmonary Cyst

Here is a review of this specific case.


Daniel Tsang, MD

Latest:

Ruptured Echinococcal Pulmonary Cyst

Here is a review of this specific case.

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