Antibiotic

Ask The Care Expert about ... antibiograms

Ask The Care Expert about ... antibiograms

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We're starting an antibiotic stewardship program at our facility and I was told that as the head nurse, I should be using our "antibiogram." I am not familiar with this — can you help?

Preventing C. diff infections with probiotics

Preventing C. diff infections with probiotics

I realized that it was not the infection control processes in place that were the problem and set out to find a way to reduce the C. diff rate in our facility.

Non-antibiotic drugs already on the market, study finds

Antibiotic resistance is a hot topic in long-term care, and a new study indicates non-antibiotic therapeutic drugs are already available. Most provocatively, an antipsychotic may be used to treat Clostridium difficile.

Drug combo can be deadly

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Spironolactone, a diuretic used to treat heart failure, can cause a risk of sudden death in seniors when given with the antibiotic trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, Toronto researchers have found.

New strategy for antibiotics

New strategy for antibiotics

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The White House unveiled a national plan in September to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to "reduce the emergence and spread" of these bacteria and ensure availability of treatments.

Combatting UTIs with juice and good labs

Combatting UTIs with juice and good labs

Here's the good news: A juice may reduce the incidences of urinary tract infections in nursing home residents by up to 50%. That has huge implications for a problem that plagues seniors, not to mention clinical staff.

C. diff results stay the same

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High and low dosages of a popular antibiotic are equally good at combating Clostridium difficile infections, according to a new study.

Dosage amounts create similar improvement in C. diff cases

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High and low dosages of a popular antibiotic offer little difference in the outcomes of Clostridium difficile infections, according to a new study.

Common antibiotic linked to risk of sudden death, study finds

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An antibiotic frequently used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis is linked to a higher risk of sudden death in adults, particularly those with heart conditions, a new study reveals.

Daily antibiotic use could reduce COPD flare-ups, study finds

Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.

CDC joins nationwide antimicrobial resistance efforts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health recently announced a public health action plan targeted at antimicrobial resistance.

New C. difficile drug is one step closer to approval

A new antibiotic designed to treat the diarrhea that accompanies Clostridium difficile won unanimous support from a government medical panel convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Improved Medicare Part D drug coverage leads to rise in antibiotic use, study finds

Improved Medicare Part D drug coverage leads to rise in antibiotic use, study finds

Antibiotic use by seniors has increased as a result of better drug coverage under the Medicare Part D drug program, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Research: antibiotic treatment increases risk of C. difficile spread

Treating C. difficile with antibiotics could actually increase a person's risk of transmitting the bacteria, even weeks after physical symptoms have disappeared, according to recently published research.