Division of Infectious Diseases

Re-Opening Sudan Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

Content provided by Dr. Nada Fadul. Sudan emerged from a 30-year dictatorship in 2019 to face the COVID-19 pandemic with a fragile health system and a half-finished transitional government structure. During the dictatorship, the majority of GDP was spent on military and security forces and very little was spent on health. This led to privatization of healthcare and a near complete collapse of the previously… Continue Reading

The Future of ID Training – UNMC ID Participate in Development of IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Curriculum

Content written by Drs. Van Schooneveld and Stohs. Antimicrobial stewardship programs improve patient outcomes, efficiency of care, and are a key tool in combating antimicrobial resistance. The field of antimicrobial stewardship is rapidly expanding and while ID fellows have the foundation for leading antimicrobial stewardship efforts, leading such programs require unique skills and knowledge. To meet this need, in 2016 the Infectious Diseases Society of… Continue Reading

VAE – A Perpetual Prevention Problem

Ventilator-Associated Events (VAEs) were adopted by the National Health Safety Network (NHSN) in 2013, and have subsequently been associated with worse patient outcomes. However, the shift to VAE has left controversy as to both its value, and how best to prevent it. Recently, Zhu et al published a large study focused on risk factors and outcomes from VAEs. This study again demonstrated worse outcomes for… Continue Reading

UVGI N95 Decontamination – a Method to Extend the Supply of N95 Respirators in Time of Emergency

Outbreaks due to respiratory viruses pose a unique threat to health care as they require often significant amounts of personal protective equipment. Based upon previous modeling of severe influenza pandemics, the need for N95 filtering face piece respirators (FFRs) would range between 1.7 and 7.3 billion FFR’s, however there were only an estimated 60 million FFRs available at the time of the onset of the… Continue Reading