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California labs commonly use outdated CRE detection practices

November 14, 2017

Many hospital laboratories in California are using outdated practices to detect carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, leading to false reports of susceptibility that could impact patient care and hinder the detection of outbreaks, researchers said.

CRE are difficult to treat due to a high level of resistance to antibiotics and may kill up to 50% of infected patients, leading the CDC to deem them “nightmare bacteria.” These organisms include Klebsiella spp. and Escherichia coli.

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FDA approves Prevymis to prevent cytomegalovirus following bone marrow transplant

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The FDA today approved letermovir tablets and injection, the first treatment indicated for cytomegalovirus prophylaxis in adults who have been exposed to cytomegalovirus…

IDSA honors first two institutions with new antimicrobial stewardship designation

November 3, 2017
The Infectious Diseases Society of America recently announced that Providence Saint John’s Health Center of Santa Monica, California, and Summa Health of Akron…
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Unusual findings suggest hospital antibiotic use associated with increased susceptibility

November 2, 2017
Findings from a Canadian study showed that increased consumption of antibiotics in hospitals was associated with increased — not decreased — antibiotic…
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HIV/AIDS 1 Hour Update For Florida Health Professionals

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Novel assay reduces time to antifungal therapy for candidemia

October 25, 2017
A novel magnetic resonance assay significantly reduced the time to appropriate treatment for candidemia, according to
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