With a look to staph infections, we know that although about 30% of individuals carry Staphylococcus aureus
in their noses and most the time, it does not cause any harm, in healthcare settings, particularly where patients can be immunocompromised, or have undergone surgeries and need intravenous catheters, these infections can be incredibly serious, and sometimes fatal. Even more troubling are methicillin-resistant S. aureus
(MRSA) infections, as they are even harder to treat because the bacteria have managed to develop resistance to a number of available antibiotics, leaving researchers scrambling for alternative treatment options. Since our inception, we have paid attention to developments made in the fight against MRSA in hopes that our readers can use this information to improve patient outcomes. Whether reporting on research that found that salt
can be used as a weapon in the battle against the infection, the antibiotic Baxdela
developed by Melinta being submitted for FDA approval, or using gold nanoparticle-targeted laser therapy
for enhancing the efficiency of antibiotics against MRSA biofilms, Contagion®
continues to keep our readers informed on the latest MRSA discoveries.
One of the biggest actions that healthcare facilities have taken against these infections is implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs. The CDC reports
that between 20% to 50% of the antibiotics that are prescribed in the United States “are either unnecessary or inappropriate,” and this contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance. For this reason, antimicrobial stewardship programs focus on improving antibiotic prescribing and use within hospital settings. In the past, Contagion®
has covered different programs, such as the “Handshake Stewardship
” program, CDC guidance
on these programs in hospitals, incorporating social media platforms
into these programs, and more, which all resulted in positive patient outcomes. In the past, we’ve interviewed a number of key opinion leaders in infectious disease on how these programs should incorporate nurses
, and how these programs can be used to tackle HAIs
Some of the topics Contagion®
is set to cover at the 2017 SHEA Conference include: engaging patients in activities to prevent HAIs, the role that visitors can play in HAI transmission, and the importance of including patients and families in prevention activities; different interventions that can be done to reduce HAI incidence, such as hand hygiene; and, challenging cases (pediatric, long-term care, adult hospital, international, community hospital) pertaining to infection prevention and stewardship.