The Ohio Hospital Association is about halfway through a 124-hospital, statewide initiative to reduce sepsis mortality by 30% by the end of 2018. Data shows the initiative is working and the target is attainable.
The Washington Post / Consumer Reports, October 17, 2017
Antibiotics treat infections but can cause them, too. In fact, a study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine documents an alarming rise in the number of hard-to-treat infections linked to antibiotics.
Vaccinations are urged, but the source of the outbreak is still unknown, as public health agencies in Los Angeles, Santa Cruz and San Diego counties take measures to combat the highly contagious virus.
The Centers for Disease Control credit antibiotic stewardship for a 9 to 15% drop in the incidence rate of Clostridium difficile--a deadly infection affecting 20 to 50% of nursing home residents at any one time.
In Russia, a medicinal leech costs less than $1, and a typical application requires three to seven of the ravenous little creatures. Leech treatments, available throughout the country, take 30 to 40 minutes, though the resulting wounds ooze blood for an additional six...