Category: Infection Prevention and Control

Publication Alert: Leveraging a Preexisting Global Infectious Disease Network for Local Decision Making During a Pandemic

The content below was provided by Jocelyn Herstein, an assistant professor at UNMC and Director of International Partnerships and Programs with the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center. She led a recently published study, collaborating with UNMC ID faculty Drs. Angela Hewlett and James Lawler.  What prompted this study? Emerging infectious disease events require a […]

April 26, 2022

UNMC ID at #SHEASpring2022 – Where to Find Us!

The SHEA Spring conference starts tomorrow; here is your guide on where to find UNMC ID throughout the conference! Invited Training Course Workshop Lectures Tuesday, April 12th from 10:00am – 10:15am: SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology as presented by our own Kari Simonsen. Tuesday, April 12th from 2:45pm-3:15pm: Case Studies in Pediatric Infection Control (panel […]

April 11, 2022

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 […]

September 13, 2021

Diversity in Probiotics and Diversity in Clinical Trials: Opportunities for Improvement

This is a Journal Club review by Dr. Jasmine Marcelin of “A randomized controlled trial of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG on antimicrobial-resistant organism colonization” (Rauseo, A. et al. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, (2021).

August 17, 2021

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 […]

May 4, 2021

UNMC ID at SHEA 2021 – Where to Find Us!

The SHEA 2021 Spring conference is here and this is your guide on where to find our UNMC ID team presenting throughout the conference, starting with pre-conference workshops. And yes, there is still time to sign up and attend! Lectures/Workshops Pre-Conference Workshop: Sharing Our Science: Using Modern Means to Get Your Message Out There; Using […]

April 8, 2021

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 […]

March 25, 2021

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 […]

March 18, 2021

Clinical Consequences of Contaminated Blood Cultures in Adult Hospitalized Patients at an Institution Utilizing a Rapid Blood-Culture Identification System

Blood culture contamination results in prolonged hospital length of stay, inappropriate use of antibiotics, and increased cost as well as the associated adverse events such as falls, drug errors, and healthcare associated infections (adverse events that may occur during more prolonged hospital stay) and emergence of antibiotic resistance, C. difficile infection, and antibiotic side effects […]

January 27, 2021

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 […]

January 7, 2021