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Emerging Infections

In September, 2015 Brazilian health officials noted an increase in babies born with microcephaly, a congenital condition where a baby’s head is smaller than normal and often associated with anomalies in brain development.  In May of that year, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) had issued an alert concerning the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil.  By February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Emerging infections occur through a variety of pathways.  The disease can be new, lethal, and unexpected, like Ebola; or re-emerging, like a measles outbreak linked to poor immunization practices.  Approximately 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are of animal origin.  An emerging infection can be linked to a healthcare associated infection, a drug resistant pathogen, or be the result of contaminated food. 

In an effort to bridge the gap between knowledge deficits and effectively respond to developing emerging infections, ANA and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) have launched a joint Resource Center.

Webinar - Emerging Infections

Playing the Part: The Critical Role of Nurses in Antibiotic Stewardship
Presenter: Dr. Arjun Srinivasan
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 20th, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EDT.
NOTE: Registration for the event will close on July 19th at 7:00 p.m. EST..

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), studies indicate that 30 to 50 percent of antibiotics prescribed in hospitals are unnecessary or inappropriate. Overprescribing and misprescribing antibiotics can lead to serious issues like antibiotic-resistant infections and Clostridium difficile. Evidence shows that improving antibiotic prescribing practices through practitioner and consumer education can reduce rates of Clostridium difficile infections and antibiotic resistance. In light of this research, the concept of antibiotic stewardship was developed. But what is antibiotic stewardship, and what does it mean to you as a nurse?

The Department of Health states that antimicrobial stewardships is a national priority that aims to promote and monitor the judicious use of antimicrobials, leading to reduced health care costs and most important, to better patient outcomes. As a direct care nurse, you perform numerous functions that are integral to successful antibiotic stewardship. By educating yourself on antimicrobial management, you can support and train other nurses to ensure that- when possible- the use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials is limited.

Join us as we host a special Navigate Nursing webinar highlighting the CDC's Get Smart for Healthcare antibiotic stewardship campaign. Listen and learn as Dr. Srinivasan discuses both the need for improved antibiotic use and the critical roles that nurses play in reforming antibiotic practices.

Your role in antibiotic stewardships can have a major impact on patient safety. Attend this webinar and take the first step to protecting your patients from the consequences of antibiotic overuse.