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Faces of Antimicrobial Resistance – IDSA

Moving forward in the face of growing antimicrobial resistance A interesting paper highlighting some personal accounts of how antimicrobial resistance have impacted lives; compiled by the Infectious Disease Society of America with a forward by William Powderly, MD, FIDSA Increasing awareness is important as we all develop a multi-faceted strategy forward. More Here Paper found…

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Air travel and 5 Precautions to avoid Illness

5 Precautions you can take to guard against infection and illness when traveling by air How many times have we either experienced it ourselves or heard someone tell us they returned from a trip only to become sick 24 hours later? It’s a well known fact that we are much more likely to catch a…

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Norovirus Outbreaks Around the Country

The need for whole-room disinfection First, may I say again… Wash your hands well and often! This simple, yet vital, act is our first line of defense to any infection. And please, if you or your child is showing symptoms… stay home and stay hydrated. Norovirus, one of the most communicable viral infections spread rapidly…

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Growing prevalence of MRSA & Staph

An increase in school and community acquired MRSA and Staph infections Once limited to hospital and healthcare facilities, MRSA has unfortunately become one of the more common infectious diseases transmitted in community settings.  Becoming infected with MRSA creates the potential of deadly sepsis. Schools (gyms and weight rooms) in particular, can be breeding grounds for…

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Cleaning for appearance or Disinfecting for HEALTH?

Are your high-touch surfaces clean? I mean thoroughly disinfected? Even though we assume that our ORs will be sterile, surfaces are rarely cleaned, especially between cases. The likely culprits are turnover pressures and inadequately trained environmental services staff. Is your team making these 13 common surface cleaning mistakes?   ~Amy Hughes, BSN, CIC More from…

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Are we to expect more infections in the future?

Will reducing antibiotic use lead to more infections? By Tim Sandle     May 18, 2016 in Health London A consensus is developing around restricting the use of antibiotics and antimicrobials. However, what is the impact on human health if the use of these pharmaceutical compounds is curtailed?   This question about a future state where…

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Infection control is a must at the gym

Equipment at the gym can be a lot dirtier than other everyday items. Exercise bikes had an average of 39 times more bacteria than a cafeteria tray. Treadmills contained about 74 times more germs than a public bathroom sink. And this finding will have you running for the hand sanitizer: Free weights were found to…

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Infectious Disease and drug-resistant bacteria

Penicillin changed everything. Infections that had previously killed were suddenly quickly curable. Yet as Maryn McKenna shares in this sobering talk, we’ve squandered the advantages afforded us by that and later antibiotics. Drug-resistant bacteria mean we’re entering a post-antibiotic world — and it won’t be pretty. There are, however, things we can do … if…

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MRSA closes Community College

The Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommended measures to thoroughly disinfect the Field House and stop the potential spread of the skin infection. MRSA outbreak info here

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