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UNMC Study Documents Value of Blood Diversion Device to Prevent Contamination of Blood Cultures

A prospective controlled trial conducted by Rupp and colleagues in the UNMC ID Division demonstrates a significant 87.6% decrease in blood culture contamination.  Results were recently published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and are available on open access at: The study was conducted in the Nebraska Medicine Emergency Department and involved 971 patients and 1,942 […]

Apr 24, 2017

“After Ebola: Nebraska and the Next Pandemic”

Nebraska is a midwest state with those innate values that, in my limited experience thus far, tends to be against boasting and toward humility. Characteristics often to be proud of, but at times, humbleness verges on being a fault. The Ebola experience highlights the experience here – UNMC and NMC were ready for Ebola – for […]

Apr 19, 2017

Improving Patient Care Through Research

Our Division is committed to improving the care of our patient through scholarly activities including clinical research. Here is one of our teams out on the patient floors collecting data related to improve the technology we use for intravenous (IV) lines in our patients. We presented our first phase of this project at IDWeek last […]

Apr 17, 2017

Dr. Florescu on “Why I Love ID”

Dr. Florescu on “Why I Love ID”:  In infectious diseases, the process of diagnosis is like detective work, a real challenge of the clinical ability. I also feel that I have a significant impact on the life of my patients – infections can make people incredibly sick very fast, and I can get them back […]

Apr 13, 2017

ID Interest Group Continues to Expand Around Careers in Infectious Diseases

Last week, our Infectious Diseases Interest Group held a multidisciplinary panel surrounding careers in Infectious Diseases. Students from medicine, pharmacy, nursing, graduate studies and public health were all in attendance! There are broad career opportunities within Infectious Diseases and this area always evolving. Teams are multidisciplinary and truly collaborate together regarding patient care, education and scholarly […]

Apr 11, 2017

Infectious Diseases Journal Club – Why Antibiotics Are Not Always The Answer

Asymptomatic bacteriuria (presence of bacteria in the urine with no clinical symptoms) is a common finding, especially in the elderly and people with diabetes, and current guidelines recommend against treating patients who harbor bacteria in the urine. There are a few exceptions, for example treating pregnant women, in order to prevent complications. This scenario however, […]

Apr 7, 2017


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Apr 6, 2017

Dr. Bares on “Why I Love ID”

Dr. Bares on “Why I Love ID”: The privilege of taking care of a diverse group of patients, including some of the poorest and most marginalized patients in this region, makes being an ID physician an unbelievably challenging and rewarding experience. Doing so alongside a wonderful team of smart and thoughtful people is the reason I […]

Apr 5, 2017

World Tuberculosis Day – How Much Do You Know?

Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 killers in the world. Take a minute today and update your knowledge. Here are two links to get you started.

Mar 24, 2017

A Word from the Chief

  Welcome to the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Division of Infectious Diseases Blog.  Allow me to introduce the blog and myself.  I am Dr. Mark Rupp, professor and chief of the UNMC ID Division.  We intend for our blog to serve as a platform to discuss issues related to infectious diseases and showcase […]

Feb 27, 2017