Division of Infectious Diseases

To treat severe injection-related infections in people with substance use disorder, collaborate

Here’s a too-common infectious diseases consultation: A 30-year-old man comes to the ER with two weeks of fevers, chills, and back pain, plus increasingly difficult breathing for the past two days. He has injected opioids for the past five years. He has abscesses in the left arm, tenderness in the low spine, and a new heart murmur. His doctors obtain blood cultures, start IV vancomycin,… Continue Reading

Antibiotics At the End-of-Life: Helping or Harming?

Content written by Dr. Clayton Mowrer. Early in my medical training, my father developed a rapidly-progressive type of cancer. Over the course of several months, his health declined quite quickly, and he was spending more time in the hospital than outside of it. It became uncomfortably clear that pushing forward with invasive and toxic interventions would cause him much more harm and discomfort than it… Continue Reading