Tag: antibiotics

Fine tune your antibiotic stewardship methods by November deadline

Prior to the publication of CMS’ final rule on October 4, 2016, which heavily revised many Conditions of Participation (CoP) for Medicare, the agency’s infection control regulation included language about preventing the threat of multi-drug-resistant organisms and creating strategies for effective review of antibiotic use in long-term care facilities to avoid negative, sometimes deadly, effects […]

New national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

The Obama administration has unveiled a national strategy to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It includes an executive order to direct the federal government to reduce the emergence and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and to help ensure the continued availability of effective treatments for bacterial infections. The announcement was released in connection with the President’s Council of […]

Cipro and related antibiotics increase MRSA risk in LTC settings

Long-term care residents on a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro are at an increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Investigators at the Institut Pasteur in Paris tracked about 450 long-term care residents who were not colonized with Staphylococcus aureus at the time of admission. Of this group, 76 developed MRSA. In comparing […]