Infection fighters: FDA, APIC put spotlight on nurses, drug development in fight against drug resistanceJune 13, 2018
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday released draft guidelines that should make it easier to develop new antibiotics and antifungal drugs, one facet of a multi-pronged approach to limiting antimicrobial infections in long-term care settings and elsewhere.
Treating drug-resistant bacteria with antibiotics may encourage other bacteria to develop, according to a new study. Researchers say this builds a case for providers to be extra judicious with their antibiotic prescribing.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High and low dosages of a popular antibiotic are equally good at combating Clostridium difficile infections, according to a new study.
High and low dosages of a popular antibiotic offer little difference in the outcomes of Clostridium difficile infections, according to a new study.
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.
Long-term daily doses of the antibiotic azithromycin helped prevent life-threatening flare-ups of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a new study finds.
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.
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.
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.
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.