ID Journal Club on HPV Vaccination

What Are You Reading?     At the last Infectious Diseases Journal Club, I reviewed “Quadrivalent HPV Vaccination and the Risk of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes”, a comprehensive review published in the March 30th, 2017 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine that examined adverse pregnancy outcomes between women who received the quadrivalent HPV vaccine during pregnancy and […]

May 12, 2017

Infection Prevention and Healthcare Associated Infections

It is difficult to overstate the importance of healthcare associated infections (HAI).  Approximately 4% of patients who enter hospitals in the United States develop an infection related to their hospital care.  Although 4% may not sound like a big number, when you multiply 4% by the tens of millions of admissions to U.S. hospitals, it […]

May 8, 2017

Let’s Talk About…HIV and Stigma

Recently, Nikki Regan, APRN at the Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Clinic, was a guest speaker for the Healthy Lifestyles curriculum at her alma mater, Ridge View Middle School (formerly Schaller-Crestland), in Early, IA. Regan led a discussion about HIV and stigma for a group of approximately sixty (very curious) 8th graders. They talked about HIV […]

May 4, 2017

Infectious Diseases’ Medical Students Win Recognition for Research Projects

Two medical students working with UNMC ID Division faculty were recognized by the Department of Internal Medicine for excellence and will receive the 2017 Medical Student Research Award at Grand Rounds on June 2. Jordan Broekhuis, a fourth year student working with Dr. Sara Bares in the HIV Enhanced Medical Education Track (EMET), conducted a survey […]

Apr 28, 2017

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:  https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/3099374/Reduction-in-Blood-Culture-Contamination-Through The study was conducted in the Nebraska Medicine Emergency Department and involved 971 patients and 1,942 […]

Apr 24, 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

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

Dr. Cawcutt on “Why I Love ID”

WHY I LOVE ID:  “I love the unpredictability of Infectious Diseases and how, just as in my other specialty of Critical Care, any organ system can be impacted at any time. This allows me to think critically, use all of my medical training and yet have distinct areas of expertise.” – Kelly Cawcutt M.D., M.S. See more […]

Mar 28, 2017

New Staff Spotlight

Please join us in welcoming Phil Chung, an Infectious Diseases pharmacist, to the Division of Infectious Diseases. Phil will serve as a pharmacist supporting the Community Outreach Pharmacy Coordinator for the Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP). Tell us about your background: Phil is originally from Hong Kong and en route to us here […]

Mar 21, 2017