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UPMC Forms Telemedicine Company to Address Infectious Disease Specialist Shortage
With a shortage in specialists, the service could help address an issue that costs health care billions of dollars a year.
Study Finds 32 Predictors of <i>C Diff</i> Infection Recurrence
The authors of a new study say the use of antibiotics and proton pump inhibitors are among the list of risk factors for recurring C diff infections.
<i>Candida</i> and <i>C Diff</i>: Rise in Coinfections Could Be the Next Big Health care-Associated Concern
A new review recommends updated guidelines for diagnosing and managing Candida and C diff coinfection.
Increased Duration of Postop Antimicrobial Prophylaxis Tied to Adverse Events
Surgical-site infection was not found to be associated with duration of prophylaxis, but adjusted odds of AKI and C diff infection increased with each additional day of antimicrobial exposure.
The Latest Guidance on Cryptococcosis Treatment in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients
Here are the most recent recommendations for these tricky fungal infections in solid organ transplant recipients.
Discontinuing Contact Precautions for MRSA, VRE Did Not Affect HAI Rates, Study Finds
The aggregated average HAI rates before and after discontinuing contact precautions were 0.14 and 0.15 MRSA HAI/1000 patient days, 0.06 and 0.04 VRE HAI/1000 patient days, and 0.04 and 0.03 MRSA LabID events/100 admissions.
Can Stethoscopes Transmit Multidrug-Resistant Bacterial Pathogens?
In a South Korean study of contaminated stethoscopes, 23% were confirmed to have at least 1 potential multidrug-resistant bacterial pathogen.
Enterobacteriaceae Use Metabolic Flexibility to Survive 100 Days of Starvation
A new study may help to explain how bacteria present at low levels in healthy human mouths can persist for months and cause hospital outbreaks of drug-resistant infections.
Big advances in treatment can't make up for an inability to stop new infections, which number 5,000 per day worldwide.