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The Contagion® Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) specialty page provides HAI-specific clinical news and articles, coverage from conferences and meetings, links to condition-specific resources, and videos and other content.


Hospital Mattresses: A Vector for Spreading <i>Clostridium difficile</i>
At the 5th annual international C. diff Awareness Conference and Health Expo, Dr. Edmond Hooker discussed an underreported problem in health care facilities everywhere.
What Do Surgeons Need to Know About Intra-Abdominal Infections? Guidance from the Surgical Infection Society
Intra-abdominal infections (IAIs) are defined as disease processes occurring in normally-sterile parts of the abdominal cavity, and are generally treated mechanically, such as by surgery.
Nurses Can Play a Bigger Role in Antibiotic Stewardship Programs
A recent webinar hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and nursing organizations highlighted the important role of nurses in implementing hospital antibiotic stewardship programs.
Top 5 <i>Contagion</i>® News Articles for the Week of December 17, 2017
In case you missed them, we've compiled the top five infectious disease articles from this past week.
How One Hospital Won a Battle Against an Outbreak of Two Virulent Superbugs
One intensive care unit utilized advanced infection control efforts to tackle an outbreak and won.
Tracing <em>Pseudomonas aeruginosa</em> Throughout A Hematology Unit
A surprising source of this opportunistic pathogen was found through environmental testing.
Contemplating Regulatory Frameworks for FMT
Authors of a new Policy Forum suggest an alternative approach to regulating fecal microbiota transplantation.
Current Understanding of the Dominant Strains of <i>Clostridium difficile</i>
Panelists Peter L. Salgo, MD; Dale N. Gerding, MD; Daniel E. Freedberg, MD, MS; Yoav Golan, MD, MS; Erik Dubberke, MD; and Lawrence J. Brandt, MD, classify the various strains of Clostridium difficile and the factors that differentiate each type and discuss patients’ resistance to commonly prescribed antibiotics for the infection.
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