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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America New research shows antibiotics are inappropriately prescribed in these locations NEW YORK (March 8, 2018) – Antibiotics continue to be prescribed at alarming rates in outpatient settings, despite increased national attention to curtail inappropriate use of these drugs, according to a study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The findings suggest that current initiatives to improve the use of antibiotics in outpatient settings may not be enough to change clinicians’ prescribing practices. “We need to better equip prescribers with the tools and knowledge…

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America NEW YORK (February 8, 2018) – The Veterans Health Administration, the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, is leading efforts to prevent the spread of dangerous multi-drug resistant organisms (MDROs), as detailed in a series of articles published in the February issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. The articles, authored by experts in each area, identify gaps in the existing knowledge about MDROs and set a research agenda in four specific areas: transmission dynamics, antimicrobial stewardship, the microbiome, and special populations.…

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America To reduce inappropriate prescribing, tailored education is needed for older physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants. NEW YORK (January 30, 2018) – A patient’s age and race are associated with risk of receiving an unneeded antibiotic prescription for upper respiratory conditions caused by viruses, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Additionally, the study found that advanced practice providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, are 15 percent more likely than physician providers to prescribe antibiotics to adults.…