Preauthorization of broad-spectrum antibiotics and prospective review after two or three days of treatment should form the cornerstone of antibiotic stewardship programs to ensure the right drug is prescribed at the right time for the right diagnosis, according to recommendations included in the new guidelines

New Antibiotic Stewardship Guidelines

Preauthorization of broad-spectrum antibiotics and prospective review after two or three days of treatment should form the cornerstone of antibiotic stewardship programs to ensure the right drug is prescribed at the right time for the right diagnosis. These are among the numerous recommendations included in new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society for Healthcare…

Most of the survey respondents - 65% - reported having taken antibiotics in the six months before responding to the survey.

Public Awareness Survey on Antibiotics

Tackling antibiotic resistance is a high priority for both global and federal health officials. The World Health Organization recently commissioned a survey, carried out in September/October 2015, among some 10000 members of the public in 12 countries on antibiotics.The report’s findings are summarized in the slideshow above. The survey’s publication was part of a global…

Impressive and worthy of its own code.

Top 10 Weird ICD-10 Codes

Things just got really specific with the new ICD-10 codes. How specific you ask? Diana Ernst, RPh, has your answer.

Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are serious diseases caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds. Patients should receive five doses of DTaP vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 18 months, and 4 to 6 years.

Vaccinating patients from infancy through adulthood

Immunizing patients is a cornerstone of primary-care practice and public health policy. Clinicians are responsible for vaccinating more than 80% of patients aged 19 to 35 months, according to the CDC. Health-care providers are well aware that vaccinations don’t just stop after childhood. Adult and senior patients benefit from ongoing protection that vaccinations provide. Here…

The 2014 Ebola Outbreak Involves the Ebola-Zaire Strain. Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever is a type of Filoviridae, an RNA virus, first discovered in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Africa. There are four strains of the severe, often-fatal disease – Ebola-Zaire, Ebola-Sudan, Ebola-Ivory Coast, and Ebola-Reston.

How to Recognize Ebola Symptoms

Updated 10/6/14. Information courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compiled by Brianne Aiken, Hannah Dellabella, and Nicole Blazek.

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Ebola-specific guidance on properly donning and removing personal protective equipment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is tightening previous infection control guidance for healthcare workers caring for patients with Ebola, to ensure there is no ambiguity. The guidance focuses on specific personal protective equipment (PPE) health care workers should use and offers detailed step by step instructions for how to put the equipment…

Step Two: Post signs in languages appropriate to the population served with instructions to patients and their accompanying family and friends.

Establishing Standard Infection Control Precautions

Visits to ambulatory care settings such as primary care offices account for the most patient encounters in any healthcare setting. Infection control challenges specific to outpatient settings include the high number of patients who remain in common waiting areas for long periods, limited cleaning opportunities, delays in recognizing infectious patients, and overlap between immunocompromised and…

A 71-year-old woman with a rash due to cutaneous TB. In most cases TB affects the lungs, but in some cases it affects the skin, causing this rash. This form of the disease can cause ulceration and destruction of underlying cartilage. In many countries TB has been largely controlled through vaccination programs, but a recent resurgence in disease is attributable to relaxation of these programs along with economic migration.


Tuberculosis is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It commonly affects the lungs, but can spread to the bone, brains, liver, kidney and heart, and can be fatal if left untreated. The disease is transmitted person to person via fomites in coughs and sneezes. Although once uncommon in developed countries, TB rates have been…

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