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Antibiotic Resistance/Stewardship

Antibiotic Resistance: A Pressing Public Health Issue

Each year in the US, more than two million individuals become sick with infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and more than 23,000 die as a result of these infections. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria develop the ability to defeat the drugs designed to kill them…

Improving Conversations about Appropriate Antibiotic Use

Antibiotic resistance is a pressing public health issue, and together we can reduce this threat by optimizing antibiotic use and empowering ourselves to give the best care. Everyone can play a role in improving how antibiotics are prescribed and used so that these drugs are available when we need them the most.

Antibiotic Stewardship – We Must Act Now!

Thank you to Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, President-elect, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), for this guest post on the importance of antibiotic stewardship. Antibiotic resistance is a global threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that each year in the US, at least 2 million people become infected with…

Antimicrobial Stewardship—It Takes a Village

Last week, more than 300 pharmacists and physicians gathered to discuss the importance of antimicrobial stewardship at the 2014 MAD-ID Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. Stewardship represents a key effort to ensure that the correct antibiotics are used only when needed, in the proper doses, for the correct amount of time. Infections caused by superbugs are very difficult to treat…

8 Things Everyone Should Know About Antibiotic Resistance

Every year in the US, more than 2 million people get infections that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a result. Taking an antibiotic when it is not needed can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance. Each time someone takes unnecessary antibiotics, they increase their risk of developing an infection that may be resistant to…

Clostridium difficile Infection: Is Hope on the Horizon?

Special thanks to Irena L. Kenneley, PhD, APRN-BC, CIC and Carol McLay, RN, MPH, DrPH, CIC, both members of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Communications Committee, for this guest blog on the promise of a Clostridium difficile vaccine. Clostridium difficile (C. diff) is a potentially life-threatening bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions. It is frequently…