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 [...]

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 [...]

Multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter species: a seven-year experience from a tertiary care center in Lebanon

By | 2018-01-23T19:07:49+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background Acinetobacter species have become increasingly common in the intensive care units (ICU) over the past two decades, causing serious infections. At the American University of Beirut Medical Center, the incidence of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii(MDR-Ab) infections in the ICU increased sharply in 2007 by around 120%, and these infections have continued to cause a serious [...]

H3N2 exhibiting troubling tendencies as epidemic worsens and young, healthy people die

By | 2018-01-23T18:40:31+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

One of the key differences between seasonal flu and pandemic flu is panflu's atack on the healthiest people. Whereas seasonal flu largely takes its aim on very young children and very old adults, pandemic flu sets its sights on teenagers through adults in their prime. The reason for this is what was first detected in [...]

Drug resistant tuberculosis in Saudi Arabia: an analysis of surveillance data 2014–2015

By | 2018-01-23T18:29:16+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background There is limited data that investigates the national rates of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) in Saudi Arabia. This study aimed to estimate the rates of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB), and monoresistance (MR) in Saudi Arabia. Methods A retrospective cohort study was conducted on all TB cases reported to the National TB Control [...]

TAKING ON ASTHMA

By | 2018-01-23T17:24:36+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

It is the number one cause of chronic absenteeism in Philadelphia schools, and one of the reasons so many children fall behind. One woman is working to change all that, at home and in schools Tyra Bryant-Stephens, a pediatrician at CHOP’s West Philadelphia outpatient clinic, did everything she was supposed to do when she diagnosed [...]