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Public Health and Emerging Disease Outbreaks: Why Talking to the Community is a Good...

Abstract: The keys to combat infectious diseases are out there.  Due to insufficient communication between key players, we still don't know how to compile all...
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Zika Response Must Include Public Health Initiatives

Abstract: Zika virus fever is spreading in Latin America and has put the local and national health authorities, as well as the general population, on high...
It’s not too late (to fight back against infectious diseases)

It’s not too Late (to Fight Back Against Infectious Diseases)

Antibiotic resistance is a major threat reaching pandemic levels. Bacterial infections that were once easily treated with the antibiotics are becoming resistant to not...
FOCUS Series

Newly Published HAI Series for Clinical Laboratory Professionals

We are pleased to announce that two of our authors, Rodney E. Rohde and Amber Mitchell, have collaborated on a series of FOCUS articles...
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Time to turn Cleaning Staff into Certified Technicians

Abstract: Healthcare-associated infections claim thousands of lives and cost the healthcare system billions of dollars annually. While the proper cleaning and disinfection of the physical...
Electronic Reporting

Electronic Reporting Gives Healthcare Employers the Nudge They Need to Protect Their Own

Abstract: In the United States the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced their new electronic reporting requirements for US workplaces.  Beginning July 2017, most...
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Antibiotic Resistance – The return of the Four Horsemen

Abstract: Antibiotics are almost singlehandedly responsible for eliminating deaths and mortality caused by infectious disease. However, antibiotic resistance is disseminating among deadly pathogens, returning us...
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Hand Hygiene Compliance Auditing Does Not Work

Abstract: In 2009 the World Health Organization began marketing compliance auditing of the “Five Moments for Hand Hygiene” in an effort to improve the hand...
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Patient Hand Hygiene: The missing link in preventing Hospital Acquired Infections?

Abstract: Hospital acquired infections (HAI’s) are a major threat to patient safety and there is substantial evidence that good hand hygiene reduces the transmission of...
The Dangers of Celebrating Too Early

The Dangers of Celebrating Too Early

Abstract  Clostridium difficile infections are a significant cause of death and harm in the United States. Despite their growing prevalence, surveillance and public reporting of...