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Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs: A Call to Action

Over the past 30 years, many multidrug-resistant organisms have emerged across healthcare settings in the United States. At the same time, there has been a dramatic drop in the development and approval of new antibiotics. “The...

Welcome Guidelines for Managing Rhinosinusitis

Recent estimates suggest that the direct annual costs of sinusitis are approximately $5.8 billion in the United States, and nearly one in seven Americans is diagnosed with a sinus infection every year. Rhinosinusitis is one of...

Admission Site Tied to Mortality in Sepsis

Admission for sepsis through the ED, when compared with direct admission to the hospital, appears to be associated with lower early and overall inpatient mortality. Results from a large national sample of hospitalizations with a...

A Multipronged Approach to Improve Hand Hygiene

A multipronged hand hygiene program that includes a multimedia communications campaign, education, leadership engagement, environment modification, team performance measurement, and feedback appears to be associated with...

Sepsis Care Improved in the ED

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. The condition occurs when the body’s overwhelming immune response to infection triggers widespread inflammation that drops blood pressure and may...

Procalcitonin: A Biomarker for Early Sepsis Intervention

Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition that strikes an estimated 750,000 people each year in the United States. Defined as the body’s reaction to infection (whether bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic), sepsis is the most...

A Quality Improvement Strategy to Reduce Infection Rates

An estimated 80,000 patients each year experience catheter-related bloodstream infections during treatment in hospitals, about 31,000 of whom die, and the cost of treating these infections may be as high as $3 billion...

A Strategy to Prevent Postoperative Pneumonia

Postoperative pneumonia continues to create a burden on healthcare systems, often leading to increases in morbidity, length of hospital stay, and costs. Postoperative pneumonia is the third most common complication among...

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