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Curbing Overuse of Blood Cultures in the Emergency Department

Curbing Overuse of Blood Cultures in the Emergency Department

Training on adherence to guidelines, the development of guidelines specific to the pediatric population, and the employment of tools and techniques to decrease contamination of blood cultures could decrease the overuse of blood cultures.

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Burkholderia cepacia Outbreak Tied to No-Rinse Cleansing Foam

Burkholderia cepacia Outbreak Tied to No-Rinse Cleansing Foam

As a result of the tests, the FDA is advising consumers and clinicians to avoid using all lots of Remedy Essentials No-Rinse Cleansing Foam.

Military Personnel Remain at Risk for Infection Long After Hospital Discharge

Military Personnel Remain at Risk for Infection Long After Hospital Discharge

Deployment-related trauma infectious complications continue after initial hospital discharge and into Veterans Affairs healthcare.

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Drug-Related Endocarditis Cases Up From 2007 to 2015

Over the last 9 years, there was an increase in the number of endocarditis cases, which mirrored the increase in concomitant use of mixed drugs.

Pharmacists Play Role in Cutting Hospital-Acquired Infections

Pharmacists Play Role in Cutting Hospital-Acquired Infections

Pharmacists are increasingly becoming involved in antibiotic surveillance, including e-surveillance methods; formulation of antibiotic-use policies; and day-to-day control of problematic antibiotic use.

Reducing Mortality in Patients With Right-Sided Infective Endocarditis

Reducing Mortality in Patients With Right-Sided Infective Endocarditis

Optimal management for severely ill patients with right-sided infective endocarditis (RSIE) remains challenging. The goal of this study was to determine outcome and associated prognostic factors in a population of ICU patients with RSIE.

Incidence of Surgical Site Infections Highest in Lower-Income Countries

Incidence of Surgical Site Infections Highest in Lower-Income Countries

A large proportion of surgical site infections are caused by organisms resistant to prophylactic antibiotics, with the greatest apparent burden in low- and middle-income countries

Vegetation Size May Increase Mortality Risk in Infective Endocarditis

Vegetation Size May Increase Mortality Risk in Infective Endocarditis

In this systematic review and meta-analysis, patients with infective endocarditis with vegetations greater than 10mm in size had significantly increased risk of systemic embolism and mortality.

Prophylactic Antibiotic Does Not Reduce SSI Risk After Orthopedic Implant Removal

Prophylactic Antibiotic Does Not Reduce SSI Risk After Orthopedic Implant Removal

Although removal of orthopedic implants is considered to be associated with low risk of infection, higher rates of surgical site infection following these procedures have been reported.

SHEA Releases Contact Precaution Guidelines for Multidrug-Resistant Infections

SHEA Releases Contact Precaution Guidelines for Multidrug-Resistant Infections

A new expert guidance concerning contact precautions for multidrug resistant bacteria has been released.

Prevalence of MRSA in ICU Patients After State-Mandated Surveillance

Prevalence of MRSA in ICU Patients After State-Mandated Surveillance

The prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization did not decline after implementation of state-legislated active surveillance among critically ill adults.

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