Division of Infectious Diseases

Can Social Media Revolutionize Academic Medicine?

As we approach our first anniversary in the blogosphere, it was fitting that our very own Dr. Kelly Cawcutt was invited to write a commentary on  a recent publication in the journal Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology that explored the use of Twitter messaging at four major Infectious Diseases/Infection Control conferences worldwide. Dr. Cawcutt’s commentary, entitled Twitter Me This—Can Social Media Revolutionize Academic Medicine? was published in December 2017 in… Continue Reading

Dr. Marcelin on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID: “The patients I encounter as an Infectious Diseases specialist are so fascinating. Because we are interested in all aspects of a patient’s history, ID docs get to learn some cool things from their patients. I once had a patient who trained animals for show competitions, and another who taught me how to polka! I love the fact that we still get… Continue Reading

Erin Van Surksum, PA on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID –  “I love ID because it is never boring. There are so many microorganisms that can cause infection, so many medications we can use to treat, so many side effects to monitor, and so many factors that play a role in patient’s developing these infections. No wonder there are so many sub-specialties within ID!” -Erin Van Surksum, PA with Transplant Infectious Diseases… Continue Reading

UNMC ID Division Retirement Announcement

The UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases extends our best wishes to Elaine Litton, who retired from the University on January 5th. Elaine has been valued member of the Division of Infectious Diseases with 13 years of service as our Division Administrative Assistant. The Division hosted a Retirement Tea for Elaine on January 5th 2018. It was well attended as several came to celebrate Elaine’s service… Continue Reading

Effect of variations in clinical practice on blood culture volumes

Blood cultures obtained from central venous catheters (CVC) contain a significantly greater volume of blood than those obtained via peripheral venipuncture.  This is the main finding from a study recently published by investigators at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) (Jones RL, Syles HR, Fey PD and Rupp ME).  “Effect of Clinical Variables on the Volume of Blood Collected for Blood Cultures in an… Continue Reading