Division of Infectious Diseases

Celebrating Doctor’s Day

March 30th will pass by for some as any other day. However, it should not.  It is a day for us to celebrate and recognize American physicians for their ongoing work to improve the health of our communities, country and world. As we have said before, in the end, we are all patients. Doctors will impact the lives of most, if not all, American’s at… Continue Reading

Breakfast with IDSA CEO Chris Busky, CAE

This morning members of our UNMC ID division had the opportunity to have breakfast with the CEO of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Chris Busky, CAE. Though it was early in the morning, our fellows and several faculty made an appearance at the breakfast, where we listened to a short presentation by Mr. Busky, followed by an informal question-and-answer session discussing issues that… Continue Reading

Congratulations to UNMC ID Faculty designated as Top Teachers for 2017!

After every rotation, medical students and Internal Medicine Residents at UNMC submit evaluations on their faculty members. The Department of Internal Medicine pools all of the evaluation data and designates the faculty with the top 33% of evaluation scores as “Top Teachers”.  For the year 2017, four of our Infectious Disease faculty members who attend on the General ID Service and participate in Medical Student… Continue Reading

Nebraska Medicine to Host Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness Workshop March 27-28

  Nebraska Medicine has been home to one of the few Biocontainment Units in the country, and was one of three selected to care for citizens affected by the Ebola outbreak. Dr. Angela Hewlett, one of our own UNMC Infectious Disease Physicians, is the Medical Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit (NBU)  and Associate Medical Director of Infection Control & Epidemiology at Nebraska Medicine. Our… Continue Reading

Josh Havens, PharmD on “Why I Love ID”

Why I Love ID:  Infectious diseases, in general, is quite interesting, but I can really only speak from an HIV perspective. My initial career interests were not in infectious diseases and it was not until I threw myself into this niche world of HIV that I started to recognize a true affinity toward the field.  It is rare to find an infection that is such… Continue Reading

World Social Work Day – Meet our HIV Case Management Team

The official theme for Social Work Month in March 2018 is “Social Workers: Leaders. Advocates. Champions.” Social workers are the glue that keeps clinical practices together as we balance the need to care for patients with the socioeconomic needs of the individual patients. At the Specialty Care Center, our Case Management team works tirelessly to ensure that patients’ needs are met; they enroll patients in insurance, review… Continue Reading

ID Journal Club Presents… Molecular Rapid Diagnostic Tests Improve Clinical Outcome

Bloodstream infections are associated with high mortality.  Blood cultures are a reliable and accurate method for the identification of bloodstream infections but can take up to 5 days or even more being finalized, leading to delays in initiation of effective antibiotic therapy. The Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recommends the use of rapid diagnostic testing with support of antimicrobial stewardship for better clinical outcomes,… Continue Reading

M4 Students in our HIV Enhanced Education Track present Capstone Projects…and Today is MATCH DAY!

The UNMC College of Medicine offers a unique Enhanced Medical Education Track (EMET) program which provides an opportunity for medical students to delve into particular disciplines of interest in the field of medicine throughout their four year degree program. Track students attend seminars, preceptorships and complete a research project culminating in a poster or conference presentation. Yesterday, on the eve of their Match Day, our two… Continue Reading

What Patient Safety Means to Us – Part 2

In endeavoring to give you a real flavor of how important patient safety is to all of us, we have more comments today from our team. Patient safety is important to all of us and we wish we could highlight the all of important work everyone in our Division is doing to provide the best possible care while still preventing harm.   Adrienne Sy, RN,… Continue Reading

Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Takes Patient Safety Personally

At Nebraska Medicine, our Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s (ASP) clinical mission is to optimize the utilization of antimicrobial agents, thereby improving patient outcomes (by reducing the risk of adverse events and Clostridium difficile infection) and limiting the spread of antimicrobial resistance.   These Antimicrobial Stewardship activities have been mandated by the Joint Commission and our program has been expanding its reach to include our satellite hospitals and… Continue Reading