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Spread the Word About Sepsis to Help Save Lives

Spread the Word About Sepsis to Help Save Lives

September is Sepsis Awareness Month In a typical year, at least 1.7 million adults in America develop sepsis, nearly 270,000 Americans die as a result of sepsis, and 1 in 3 patients who dies in a hospital has sepsis. Sepsis, or the infection causing sepsis, starts...

Infection Control: Ensuring Safety as Patients and Providers

Infection Control: Ensuring Safety as Patients and Providers

Every day, patients get infections in health care facilities while they are being treated for something else. These infections can have devastating emotional, financial and medical effects. Worst of all, they can be deadly. The CDC offers resources and tips that can...

AHRQ’s Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making Framework

AHRQ’s Four Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making Framework

Before initiating use of antibiotics, it is important to pause and review all relevant clinical and laboratory data and then weigh the potential benefit versus harm of initiating antibiotic therapy. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ’s) Four...

Project Firstline Takes Infection Prevention Beyond the Pandemic

Project Firstline Takes Infection Prevention Beyond the Pandemic

Hand washing and mask wearing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to infection prevention practices. While COVID-19 expanded awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Project Firstline (PFL) is working to ensure every health care...

Drug Resistant Antimicrobials Spreading During COVID-19 Pandemic 

Drug Resistant Antimicrobials Spreading During COVID-19 Pandemic 

The focus on combating coronavirus during the pandemic has made it easier for other healthcare associated infections (HAIs) to spread. Many of the interventions to prevent, test and monitor for HAI were deprioritized to have additional resources available to address...

#WeLoveIPs – International Infection Prevention Week

#WeLoveIPs – International Infection Prevention Week

For this year’s International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW), October 18-24, the goal is to shine a spotlight on the Infection Preventionist’s (IP’s) role in protecting frontline healthcare workers and patients from COVID-19. To honor and thank IPs for their...

National Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

National Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

The Federal Task Force on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria has released an updated National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. This updated plan provides strategic actions to address antibiotic-resistant infections over the next 5 years,...

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of May 25, 2020

CMS COVID-19 Stakeholder Engagement Calls – Week of May 25, 2020

CMS hosts varied recurring stakeholder engagement sessions to share information related to the agency’s response to COVID-19. These sessions are open to members of the healthcare community and are intended to provide updates, share best practices among peers, and...

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Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Individuals experiencing acute or chronic health conditions may engage with and receive prescriptions from multiple healthcare professionals. Tracking all medication, including over-the-counter options, is essential for preventing adverse drug events. The local pharmacist is often[...]
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The South Dakota Fall Prevention Coalition’s mission is to cultivate collaboration to reduce falls by increasing knowledge and implementing evidence-based fall prevention solutions for older adults.  Fall Prevention Awareness Week, held September 20 – 24,[...]
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