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

Should We Add Daptomycin to β-Lactams in the Initial Treatment of Methicillin-susceptible S. aureus Bacteremia?

Content from Dr. Razan El Ramahi, originally posted in IDSA journal club.  Despite the availability of active antibiotics to treat Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB), controversy still exists regarding the optimal antibiotic strategy and whether combination antibiotics improve outcomes. In small clinical studies, a possible benefit was observed by adding daptomycin to β-lactams in the treatment of SAB. However, the numbers of methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) cases in these studies, published… Continue Reading

How Can UNMC ID Help Support You In 2019?

We are excited to be closing in on our 2 year anniversary of our blog. With that anniversary, we have several positive changes coming for our team. Drs. Kelly Cawcutt and Jasmine Marcelin have been appointed Co-Directors for Digital Innovation & Social Media Strategy for the UNMC Division of Infectious Diseases. We also hired a fantastic Social Media Assistant, Hannah Tandon, a first year medical… Continue Reading

It’s Getting Hot in Here: The Conundrum of Fever in the ICU

Fever has plagued mankind through the ages although was not until the 1600s when Thomas Sydenham reportedly first recognized that fever was an innate response” to get rid of the injurious agents causing the disease”. In the intensive care unit, fever is one of the most common abnormal signs documented and frequently results in changes in clinical management of the patient, yet we continue to… Continue Reading

Happy Holidays!

As the holiday season comes to a close, we here at UNMC ID want to wish each and everyone of you a happy, healthy holiday season and a wonderful start to 2019! Thank you for your continued support in our endeavor to bring you the latest news, updates and research from our amazing faculty & the world of Infectious Diseases. If you are interested in… Continue Reading

Earrings In Healthcare Workers: Friend or Foe?

Ear piercing among people, including healthcare workers, is a common trend. Katsuse et al, attempted to make a correlation between ear piercings and healthcare-associated infections. In order to prove this relationship, researchers sampled the earlobes and fingers of 200 nurses working at a university hospital. 128 of those nurses had pierced earlobes and 72 of the nurses sampled did not. When sampling the fingers, the… Continue Reading

UNMC ID’s Dr. Diana Florescu wins DANCE FOR A CHANCE

Back in May, we were thrilled to announce that Dr. Florescu was participating in YES Dance for a Chance Dance for a Chance raises awareness and money for Youth Emergency Services (YES) and the homeless youth of Omaha. There are hundreds of homeless youth in Omaha. Some of them have been emotionally, physically, or sexually abused, making it unsafe for them to return home, while others are… Continue Reading

UNMC ID In The Trenches – Perspective From A Current ID Fellow

Dr. Karnatak, who is finishing his 1st year of ID fellowship, shares what ID fellowship is like here at UNMC: UNMC ID fellowship is uniquely designed to create an individualized training path for fellows. During my fellowship interview, I believed this fellowship would support fellows to achieve their personal career aspirations, and now after completing my first year of fellowship, I know this is true. … Continue Reading