Division of Infectious Diseases

Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Summit: A Step Forward in Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

The CDC estimates 30% of all antibiotics prescribed in outpatient setting in the US are unnecessary. Similarly 30% of antibiotics used in hospitals are estimated to be unnecessary or incorrectly prescribed. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in long-term care facilities have been found to be even higher in some studies (up to 75%). Improving antibiotic use is essential in the fight against antibiotic resistance. In the US,… Continue Reading

Precious Davis, BSN, MSN on Why I Love ID

Why I Love ID: “Before beginning nursing school, I always had a strong desire to give back to my community by educating and bringing awareness to the high STD rates in Douglas County. Throughout my career, I encountered some setbacks because of lack of enough work or educational experience to work in the field. While finishing my Masters Degree earlier this year, an HIV Case… Continue Reading

Going Global for Biopreparedness – International Workshop on High-Level Isolation

Preparedness for outbreaks of infectious diseases is a critical, global issue, and several physicians from the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases and other team members from the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit organized and participated in the International Workshop on High-Level Isolation in late April  The conference, which was held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), was hosted by the National Ebola Training and Education Center… Continue Reading