Improving Medical Care Through Antibiotic Stewardship and Sepsis Awareness

Today, CDC’s Safe Healthcare Blog highlights a long-term care nurse’s personal story of battling sepsis and a healthcare-associated infection. Through an unfortunate series of medical errors, Sherrie Dornberger, RN, executive director of the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long Term Care, became the victim of sepsis and a healthcare-associated infection while receiving medical care. Her inspiring story is a reminder that all patients and nursing home residents deserve high-quality medical care, which includes judicious use of antibiotics and early recognition and treatment of sepsis.
CDC recommends all nursing homes implement core elements to improve antibiotic use.

To guide these improvements, CDC released a new resource: Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes.

Click on the following links to learn more about sepsis: http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/category/sepsis/ and antibiotic stewardship in long-term care: http://blogs.cdc.gov/safehealthcare/category/ltc/.

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