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

A critical examination of the controversial study behind hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin for COVID-19

On March 20th, the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents published Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19: results of an open-label non-randomized clinical trial by Gautret et al.  The president of the United States tweeted about the article the very next day, and on March 28th the FDA announced an emergency use authorization to allow the distribution of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine from national stockpiles… Continue Reading

Meet our newest blog contributor: Dr. Nicolás Cortés-Penfield

Dr. Nicolás Cortés-Penfield has been with our ID group for just under a year now, and is no stranger to digital and social media, having launched his own blog during fellowship, and a new digital journal club “ID Journal Club” hosted on Twitter. He is now joining our blogging group here at UNMC ID and will be a regular contributor. Learn more about him here.