In this prospective cohort of MRSA colonized hospitalized patients, they were followed for 1 year to determine how many were persistently colonized, and how many household contacts acquired MRSA colonization. Of the 151 patients in the cohort, half cleared their MRSA colonization, 20% remained positive, and 30% were lost to f/u or died. Almost 20% of household contacts acquired MRSA colonization during the follow up period, but none acquired a MRSA infection (abstract). Household contacts should be aware of the transmissibility of MRSA colonization.
by Deepak Asudani, MD, MPH, FHM Whether it is the prompt and expeditious international collaboration to develop an Ebola vaccine, or tardy but promising development of the first anti parasitic malarial vaccine or the fascinating technology utilizing synthetic DNA for vaccine development against MERS, these developments promise to highlight significant strides in vaccine development for […]
Economists describe preferences in two ways: revealed and stated. Say, for example, I asked you to implement a penalty program for your team with the goal of decreasing the number of occasions members did not clean their hands after a patient encounter. Because you know bad hands equal bad outcomes, you’re apt to offer up […]
by Eric Howell, MD, SFHM “Tell me what you know about antibiotics.” That’s the discussion I start with hospitalized patients all the time, right after they ask me to prescribe antibiotics for their simple cough, or other viral-like illness. And, from their perspective, asking for antibiotics makes sense. After all, antibiotics have been the physician’s […]