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6 International Office Rules Americans Avoid at All Costs

By | 2018-01-23T22:00:31+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

From having your company measure your waistline to conducting business in the sauna, these practices are foreign to the American worker. By Mark Abadi Navigating a foreign culture can be difficult, and learning another country's business culture can be even harder. Workplace customs vary wildly from country to country, and what's normal office behavior in [...]

Fierce Flu Estimated To Cost Employers Billions In Lost Productivity

By | 2018-01-23T21:52:36+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — This year’s aggressive flu season is taking a toll on employers across the country. If workers take four sick days to recover from the flu, the cost to employers in lost productivity could reach over $9 billion, according to an estimate from global outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, [...]

Higher third-generation cephalosporin prescription proportion is associated with lower probability of reducing carbapenem use: a nationwide retrospective study

By | 2018-01-23T21:33:40+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background The ongoing extended spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-PE) pandemic has led to an increasing carbapenem use, requiring release of guidelines for carbapenem usage in France in late 2010. We sought to determine factors associated with changes in carbapenem use in intensive care units (ICUs), medical and surgical wards between 2009 and 2013. Methods This ward-level multicentre [...]

Antimicrobial effect of copper alloys on Acinetobacter species isolated from infections and hospital environment

By | 2018-01-23T21:25:54+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background An increased proportion of Gram-negative bacteria have recently been reported among etiologic agents of infection. In Poland, Acinetobacter baumannii is a big problem for hospitals, especially intensive care units. Touch surfaces made from materials with antimicrobial properties, especially copper alloys, are recommended as a supplementary method of increasing biological safety in the hospital environment. Aim [...]

Back to school asthma

By | 2018-01-23T19:29:48+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Back to school asthma Put your child's asthma plan TOP of the back to school list. Every year there is a well-documented rise in asthma flare-ups when children return to school after the school holidays. This results in a significant increase in Emergency Department visits, hospitalisations and days off school. Not only is this unsettling [...]

The efficacy of ampicillin compared with ceftriaxone on preventing cesarean surgical site infections: an observational prospective cohort study

By | 2018-01-23T19:25:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background Cesarean surgical site infections (SSIs) can be prevented by proper preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis. Differences in antibiotic selection in clinical practice exist according to obstetricians’ preferences despite clear guidelines on preoperative antibiotic prophylaxis. This study aimed to compare the efficacy of ampicillin and ceftriaxone in preventing cesarean SSIs. Methods The observational prospective cohort study [...]

CDC director urges flu vaccinations as pediatric deaths mount

By | 2018-01-23T19:19:53+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Of the 30 U.S. children who have died from the flu so far this season, some 85 percent had not been vaccinated, said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, who urged Americans to get flu shots amid one of the most severe flu seasons in years. “My message [...]