Division of Infectious Diseases

Ongoing Debate on the Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

Dr. Andre Kalil, our Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases, recently co-authored a reply to Geriak et al.: “Clinical Data on Daptomycin plus Ceftaroline versus Standard of Care Monotherapy in the Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia.” Debate around the findings of this article was recently featured by Dr. Razan El Ramahi in the IDSA ID journal club and on this blog. In their reply to… Continue Reading

Treatment of Osteomyelitis – What’s the Evidence for our Strategies?

New UNMC ID publication alert! #ReadUNMCID Recently, the newest member of our Division of Infectious Diseases at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, Dr. Nicolas Cortes-Penfield published an invited review in Open Forum Infectious Diseases entitled: The History of Antibiotic Treatment of Osteomyelitis.  Dr. Cortes-Penfield wrote this summary describing the review article, which was commissioned after he published a comprehensive blog post (on his blog IDJournalClub.com) about the history… Continue Reading

CROI 2019 – The Official UNMC ID Guide of Where We Will Be!

  CROI 2019 is here and we want to be sure YOU know where to find us in Seattle. Below is the list of faculty presentations and posters from our Division. Find us on Twitter @UNMC_ID  Content courtesy #CROI2019 http://www.croiconference.org/sites/default/files/uploads/croi2019-program-and-information.pdf  Oral presentations: Tuesday March 5 2019 (Oral Abstract O-05 STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: STIs, CONTRACEPTION, AND TRIALS OF HIV TESTING Room 6AB 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM) Abstract… Continue Reading

Norovirus in Intestinal Transplant Recipients – A Different Presentation of Enteritis

Dr. Diana Florescu performed a large retrospective study, evaluating clinical presentation and outcomes of Norovirus infections in intestinal allograft compared to the native intestine. The study was done in collaboration with Dr. Pearlie Chong and included patients transplanted at UNMC and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study showed that intestinal transplant recipients tend to have more severe norovirus enteritis reflected in… Continue Reading

Resistant CMV – Research Aimed at the Cure

  Infections due to Cytomegalovirus(CMV) remain a significant problem for patients undergoing various types of transplants, including both hematopoietic stem cell transplants and solid organ transplant, particularly since these groups both require the use of potent immunosuppressive chemotherapy. Although the currently available systemic anti-cytomegalovirus agents are usually effective, their use is limited by their toxicities, especially in transplant recipients, who receive ongoing immunosuppressive medications to… Continue Reading

Widespread use of chlorhexidine in hospitalized patients does not promote resistance in Staphylococcus aureus

Content courtesy of Dr. Rupp. Investigators from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) Division of Infectious Diseases recently published reassuring data indicating that use of chlorhexidine (CHG) to bathe hospitalized patients does not lead to CHG-resistance in S. aureus.  (Marolf CT, et al Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 38:873-75, 2017). CHG is a very effective disinfectant that has been successfully utilized to prevent the… Continue Reading