Division of Infectious Diseases

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

Infections Inside Out: Focus on Hospital-Acquired Infections

By: Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA; Sponsored by Clorox Healthcare Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are infections acquired during medical care and are often directly related to the use of medical devices or procedures, along with lapses in critical infection control practices such hand hygiene, and appropriate cleaning and disinfection. Every day in the US, approximately 1 in 31 patients will suffer from a HAI. These… Continue Reading

Infections Know No Bounds – The Reality of Infections in Healthcare Facilities

By: Kelly Cawcutt, MD, MS, FACP, FIDSA; Sponsored by Clorox Healthcare Infectious diseases remain a critical cause of morbidity, mortality and cost in all healthcare facilities including outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities and acute care facilities, such as hospitals. Infections can come from two main places – inside the hospital walls and from outside within a community. A patient can develop a community-acquired infection prior… Continue Reading

Virtual IDWeek – A First, and Memorable Experience

by UNMC ID First Year Fellow Dr. Jonathan Ryder My first experience with IDWeek was nothing like I expected it to be (given its virtual nature), yet it provided a fantastic experience, full of learning opportunities from the world’s experts. First, I will comment that we are fortunate at UNMC infectious diseases fellowship to be provided protected time to attend IDWeek as first year fellows…. Continue Reading

What’s all the buzz about West Nile Virus?

This summer, we have seen several cases of West Nile infection, prompting many questions related to the infection. So, what’s all the buzz about West Nile? Drs. Jasmine Marcelin and Kelly Cawcutt compiled some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about West Nile. What is West Nile Virus?  West Nile Virus is spread via mosquito bites.  Mosquitos get the virus by biting infected birds.  In North America,… Continue Reading

Welcome!

We are THRILLED to announce the start of our UNMC Infectious Diseases blog. We are committed to serving on the forefront of our specialty and to inspire others to be increasingly involved with Infectious Diseases. We are a complex practice including General Infectious Diseases, HIV, Oncology ID, Transplant ID, ID and Critical Care, Infection Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Biocontainment and more! We strive for excellence in… Continue Reading