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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...

IDWeek 2012: Reducing Bloodstream Infections in the ICU

The Particulars: Many infections in ICUs are caused by increasingly antibiotic-resistant bacteria that live on the skin and in the nose. Although these infections are often preventable, they can cause serious complications,...

A New MRSA Molecular Assay

An MRSA molecular test (BD Max MRSA, BD Diagnostics) has received marketing clearance from the FDA for use in identifying patients with the infection. The automated, bench-top assay is designed to perform a broad range of...

MRSA Among Household Contacts of Children

A Washington University School of Medicine study suggests that MRSA colonization rates among household contacts of children with Staphylococcus aureus appear to be higher than those of the general population. Of household...

Antibacterial Scrubs Reduce MRSA Burden

Antimicrobial scrubs appear to reduce the burden of MRSA on hands and apparel, but not vancomycin-resistant enterococci or gram-negative rod burden. An analysis found that differences in mean log MRSA colony-forming unit counts...

Conference Highlights: IDSA 2010 Annual Meeting

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, or IDSA, held its 2010 annual meeting from October 21 to 24 in Vancouver. The features below highlight some of the news emerging from the meeting. » Comparing Treatments for Nosocomial...

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