Division of Infectious Diseases

Changing the Culture of Culturing

Originally written by Dr. Cawcutt and posted on IDSA Journal Club Despite a recommendation from the Surviving Sepsis Campaign (SSC) to procure blood cultures within the first hour after sepsis recognition, implementation of this practice been suboptimal. This prompted the implementation of routine blood culture obtainment in non-elective intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, whether infection was suspected or not, for all adult patients at a… Continue Reading

Beating Biofilms

By: Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA. Originally posted with CloroxPro, linked below. Biofilms play an important role in the development of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). In my line of work, I’m often reminded of their presence when handlining central venous catheters or endotracheal tubes, but biofilms can also be present on any environmental surfaces. Biofilms are defined as a complex collection of microorganisms that attach… Continue Reading

UNMC ID at #CROI 2021

Conferences may continue to look different due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but our ID faculty remain dedicated as ever to continuing to contribute to scientific knowledge and advancement of patient care. The Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) was held this year from March 6-10, and UNMC had several presentations. See below for the highlights and check out the conference for more details! 130… Continue Reading

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