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Challenges Faced by Hospital Epidemiologists Today

Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, explains current challenges faced by hospital epidemiologists.

Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA, chief quality officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, explains current challenges faced by hospital epidemiologists.

Interview Transcript (modified slightly for readability):

“There’s a number of challenges that are facing hospital epidemiologists today. We’ve had, for many years, emerging threats, new infectious diseases that are appearing; we have the accelerating problem of antibiotic resistance; and then, in this particular era, we have a number of sociopolitical problems that are also going to impact us in hospital epidemiology. Those include the anti-science movement, the anti-government movement, which involves defunding of agencies that work on problems that are really important to us. And so, I think it’s a particularly challenging time.”