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More Superbugs

July 26, 2019

Superbugs are more than just antibiotic resistant bacteria, they’re antifungal resistant fungi and adaptive, hard to treat viruses, too. As the world changes, more superbugs are appearing and creating new challenges for hospitals. One new superfungus is Candida auris fungus (C. auris). Hard to diagnose and with generic fungal symptoms, C. auris has snuck its […]

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In 2017, it became hard to not know about antibiotic resistance—because that’s when we hit a tipping point, and antibiotic resistant bacteria strains started to become almost impossible to treat as the last line of antibiotics fell to genetic mutations in the bacteria. But it’s not just bacteria that are mutating against the drugs that […]

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Following an Outbreak

April 11, 2016

Hep C outbreaks occur at least once a year these days. They range from small—a few dozen infected, to huge, with thousands infected. The current outbreak is over in Utah, where a nurse spread her very specific strain of hepatitis to at least 16 patients. Initially, a net was cast to check to see if […]

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Yet Another Hepatitis Outbreak

February 19, 2016

Hospitals are big. They see thousands of patients each day, many of whom need a quick dose of pain relief—a numbing shot before a simple outpatient procedure, a bigger dose before surgery, maybe a second or third dose during surgery. And here’s where things can go really, really wrong. Once or twice a year, a […]

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Cut Back On Sick Days

September 6, 2013

While prevention is the best medicine, the second best might be actively taking care of yourself when sick. Hospitals who enact policies to educate patients on caring for themselves (especially if they have a serious illness) find that those patients are far less likely to get readmitted. While that’s important to hospitals as they get […]

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