Division of Infectious Diseases

Global Efforts in Education in Lagos

Education is critical in prevent of infection and UNMC and Nebraska Medicine continue their global efforts. A team recently traveled to Lagos, Nigeria – a city of 20 million people for such a purpose. They visited the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba in Lagos with two days of workshops/education with various leaders and clinical staff from the Army hospital.  Education efforts touched on various… Continue Reading

Fantastic Presentation by Guest Speaker Dr. Bearman on “Hospital Infection Prevention: Processes, Pragmatisim, and Controversies”.

The UNMC ID Division was pleased to host Dr Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH as a visiting professor 10/19/17-10/20/17.  Dr Bearman, who is a Professor of Medicine, ID Division Chief  and Medical Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Virginia Commonwealth University, gave an insightful and thought provoking grand rounds presentation on 10/20/17 entitled: “Hospital Infection Prevention: Processes, Pragmatisim, and Controversies”. Dr. Bearman’s research focus is on the epidemiology… Continue Reading

Happy Respiratory Care Week!

It is our great pleasure to celebrate Respiratory Care Practitioners this week! They are critical to the excellent care of our patients and in the prevention of ventilator associated events such as ventilator associated pneumonia – so say congratulations and thank them for their efforts this week! To help kick off the week, Dr. Cawcutt and Joleen Strohsahl spoke to our respiratory care practitioners on… Continue Reading

Antibiotic Awareness Week Is Coming! How Will YOU Raise Awareness??

CDC has designated November 13-19, 2017 as Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Formerly known as Get Smart About Antibiotic Week, the goal of this one-week observance is to raise awareness of appropriate antibiotic use in the United States. The CDC has suggested a list of activities to promote appropriate antibiotic use which include: Highlight US Antibiotic Awareness Week on your website Use Antibiotic Awareness Week to kickoff… Continue Reading

ANTIBIOTIC-ASSOCIATED ADVERSE DRUG EVENTS IN HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS

Phil Chung and the Nebraska ASAP have provided another excellent journal article review, here is a snippet,  but we encourage you read his whole review here. Antibiotics are life-saving medications that make modern medical care such as surgical procedures, organ transplantation, cancer chemotherapy possible.  Unfortunately, their use can be associated with a number of adverse drug events (ADE).  In a study by Tamma et al (Tamma… Continue Reading

Superheroes Armed with Hand Sanitizer

  Superhero or infection preventionist? Maybe both. To celebrate National Infection Prevention Week, our very own infection preventionists donned superhero costumes and paid a visit to the inpatient floors of the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center Oct. 16. There, they asked nurses to touch two of their props and then used a special light to demonstrate the germs that transferred to their hands. After… Continue Reading

New Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Marcelin

Tell us about the position you are starting? My current roles are Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship.  In my clinical practice I will be seeing patients on the General Infectious Disease hospital service. This means patients admitted to the hospital (who do not have transplants or malignancies) who have infections. Common conditions include skin/soft tissue infections, respiratory tract infections,… Continue Reading

Physician Assistant’s Week – Celebrating Our Colleagues!

As Physician Assistant’s Week draws to a close, the ID Division wants to recognize and extend our appreciation to our Physician Assistant’s that provide extraordinary care to our patients at Nebraska Medicine. Kim Meyer   A graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program, Kim has been a Physician Assistant for 15 years. Kim has served patients in both the inpatient and… Continue Reading

Norovirus in Intestinal Transplant Recipients – A Different Presentation of Enteritis

Dr. Diana Florescu performed a large retrospective study, evaluating clinical presentation and outcomes of Norovirus infections in intestinal allograft compared to the native intestine. The study was done in collaboration with Dr. Pearlie Chong and included patients transplanted at UNMC and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study showed that intestinal transplant recipients tend to have more severe norovirus enteritis reflected in… Continue Reading

IDWeek Continues with Great Sessions – Including One On Tele-Antimicrobial Stewardship

Whether ID physicians should help smaller hospitals develop their own program or should run the program for them was debated during discussions. Most likely the right approach will depend on the facility characteristics and their resources. During Question and Answer Session, Dr. Ashraf informed the speakers and the audience that Nebraska ASAP do work with small hospitals and long-term care facilities to help them develop… Continue Reading