Division of Infectious Diseases

Thanks and Gratitude

This time of year is a time for reflection, gratitude, and appreciation of the blessings we have, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our thanks from all of us at UNMC ID.  We want to thank all of our blog subscribers, those who forward our blog on to others, and all of our Twitter followers who support and share our content. We… Continue Reading

Antimicrobial Resistance is a Global Problem: Notes from the World Health Summit

From the World Health Summit, Berlin: Panel on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), October 27, 2019. The 2019 World Health Summit (#WHS2019) opened with a panel discussion about the accelerating problem of global antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Dr. Peter Beyer, an intellectual property law expert working with the WHO on global health applications, led a panel of international experts to discuss current challenges of AMR – mostly focusing… Continue Reading

Nebraska Medicine receives IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence Designation

In 2018, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) began recognizing “Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence” at hospitals that meet or exceed best practice standards.  We are pleased to announce that Nebraska Medicine has recently been designated as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence effective October 2019.  As we celebrate #AntibioticAwarenessWeek for 2019, we are reminded of the importance of antimicrobial stewardship as antimicrobial resistance is… Continue Reading

Antimicrobial Stewardship efforts in the state of Nebraska

Content provided courtesy Dr. Salman Ashraf: Associate Medical Director, Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP) & Medical Director, Nebraska Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program (ICAP) CDC’s most recent (2019) report on Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States describes 2.8 million infections due to antibiotic resistant organisms in the US resulting in over 35,000 deaths annually. The Division of Infectious Diseases at University… Continue Reading

#BeAntibioticsAware in the Community Hospital Setting

Bellevue Medical Center (BMC) is a community hospital campus of Nebraska Medicine. In 2017, our Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program expanded to include BMC with the expansion of our ASP expertise at our main campus. Danny Schroeder, a pharmacist at BMC, was recruited to lead the stewardship activities on that campus, with expertise provided by Dr. Jasmine Marcelin. In celebrating #AntibioticAwarenessWeek, Danny shares his thoughts… Continue Reading

Celebrating Antibiotic Awareness Week in Nebraska!

Antibiotic Awareness Week Proclamation Signing Ceremony CDC has designated November 18 to 24 as US Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual observance in the United States and around the world to promote the importance of using antibiotic appropriately as a mean to minimize unwanted effects from antibiotic therapy (e.g., adverse reactions, Clostridioides difficile infections) and antibiotic resistance. In recognition of this annual… Continue Reading

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

CDC has designated November 18-22, 2019 as US Antibiotic Awareness Week!  We are joining the CDC and many organizations around the world recognizing and promoting awareness for appropriate antibiotic use. During #AntibioticAwarenessWeek, collaborative blog posts from UNMC ID/ASP and Nebraska ASAP will be published between November 18 and 22. Check out these videos supporting the Antibiotic Awareness Week message, from our UNMC ID archives! Dr. Jasmine… Continue Reading

Are you ever involved with prescribing antibiotics in the hospital? We want to hear from you!

The Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) invites you to participate in a research survey entitled: Use of Oral Antibiotic Therapy (OAT) for Definitive Treatment of Uncomplicated Bloodstream Infections (uBSIs): Opportunities for Antimicrobial Stewardship. There are several studies describing successful use of oral antibiotics to treat bloodstream infections, but are clinicians actually using oral antibiotics for bacteremia? The purpose of this study is to evaluate… Continue Reading

UNMC Global Center for Health Security opens new National Quarantine Center

The UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS) has expanded its capability and national role in quarantine care through the establishment of a 20-bed quarantine unit located within the Davis Global Center for Advanced Inter-professional Learning. The National Quarantine Center, funded in October 2016 by a $20 million dollar award from the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), officially opened on October 1, 2019,… Continue Reading

EMR Order Set Speeds Time to Antibiotic Treatment in Musculoskeletal Infections

Dr. Angela Hewlett spends her time at UNMC not only studying Ebola but also working to prevent and manage musculoskeletal infections.  In addition to publishing this year’s update on “What’s New in Musculoskeletal Infection,” she collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and emergency physicians to design and implement a new order set in the UNMC electronic medical record system to streamline antibiotic initiation in the… Continue Reading