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Who are the defenders against antimicrobial resistance?

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health. Nearly 2 million Americans per year develop hospital-acquired infections, resulting in 99,000 deaths — the majority of which are caused by bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. Resistance...

source: By Dorothy L. Tengler
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After years of public health warnings about antibiotic misuse, a new study suggests the problem is far from being solved. Researchers found that of more than 500,000 antibiotic prescriptions they analyzed, nearly half were written without an infection-related diagnosis....

source: HealthDay via WebMD

Research published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined hand hygiene compliance rates at five tertiary care facilities. Researchers tracked alcohol-based handrub use for six months through an electronic hand...

source: Becker's ASC Review

Being hospitalized a second time for recurrent cases of Clostridium difficile created worse outcomes for patients, according to a recent study. Researchers from Massachusetts retroactively analyzed recurrent C. difficile infection...

source: MD Magazine

Healthcare-associated infections can be reduced by up to 55 percent by systematically implementing evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies, according to a review of 144 studies published in Infection Control & Hospital...

source: SHEA via ECN

During a nationwide outbreak of healthcare-associated infections of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, an Israeli hospital traced repeated infections of patients in its intensive care unit to an unexpected source — sink traps,...

source: SHEA via Infection Control Today

The community of microorganisms that live in the human gut has been shown to confer all kinds of health benefits. Now, an international team of researchers has shown in mice that a healthy gut microbiome is important for recovery after a heart attack. In the journal Circulation,...

source: University of Wisconsin-Madison via Medical Xpress

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