Division of Infectious Diseases

Publication Alert : “Moment vs Movement: Mission-Based Tweeting for Physician Advocacy”

  Drs. Kelly Cawcutt & Jasmine Marcelin have served as Co-Directors for Digital Innovation & Social Media Strategy for UNMC ID for several years, and continue to strive to advance communication, amplification, advocacy and education from the Infectious Diseases Division at UNMC, and in the field of Infectious Diseases, as a whole. With that, they also continue to collaborate and publish scholarly articles on the… Continue Reading

UNMC ID @IDWeek2021 – Where To Find Us

It is that time of year again, the fresh transition into fall, and for the Infectious Diseases world, the growing excitement for IDWeek. This year, UNMC ID will again be active at throughout the conference. Where can you find us? First, follow us on Twitter @UNMC_ID throughout the conference! Second, we have faculty who will be participating in the mentorship program, so keep your eyes… Continue Reading

Hot Topics in Healthcare – HAIs and Infection Prevention Post-Pandemic

Post written by Dr. Kelly Cawcutt & originally posted at https://www.cloroxpro.com/blog/hot-topics-in-healthcare-hais-infection-prevention-post-pandemic/ The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to healthcare throughout the world. Fraught with high volumes of patients and paucity of resources and testing, combined with personal protective equipment (PPE) and staffing shortages the past year has taught the healthcare community lasting lessons in resilience.  The rapidly advancing knowledge around the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes… Continue Reading

Publication Alert: De-Isolation of COVID19 Patients

Content by Dr. Clayton Mowrer, 2021 UNMC ID graduate. Early in the pandemic, it became clear that patients with COVID-19 can demonstrate prolonged detection of viral RNA (as along as weeks to months), which can lead to prolonged hospitalizations, especially for those patients with more severe disease. One of the difficulties often encountered in managing these patients was in determining how long they were required to be in isolation. Initially, the policy… Continue Reading

Biopreparedness Training in ID Fellowship

Content provided by Drs. Hewlett, Ridder and Mowrer. Beginning in 2019, the UNMC ID Fellows have participated in Biopreparedness Training during their 2nd year of fellowship.  The ID Fellows learn about emerging infectious diseases and biopreparedness through didactic teaching sessions with internationally-recognized experts in the field, and also participate in specialized PPE training in the Davis Global Center and National Quarantine Unit alongside the Nebraska Biocontainment… Continue Reading

COVID-19 In Vaccinated Health Care Workers – The Nebraska Medicine Experience

Content provided by Dr. Rick Starlin. Household contacts to active SARS-Cov2 to infectious cases has been identified as a significant risk factor for acquisition of infection since early in the pandemic. We identified this as one of our biggest risk factors for colleague acquisition of SARS-CoV2 to infection at Nebraska Medicine as well. This brief report written by a team from Nebraska Medicine/UNMC, shows our… Continue Reading

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