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Collaboration with an infection control team for patients with infection after spine surgery

Kobayashi, K. et al. American Journal of Infection Control. Published online: 22 February 2017

Highlights: 

  • The risk of infection after spine surgery has increased due to aging of society.
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How much S. aureus is hospital acquired? Mk II

I posted a blog a couple of years ago (was it really that long!) on a fascinating study suggesting that only 1/5 of S. aureus… 557 more words

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Sea sponges produce a compound that can kill superbug MRSA

Antibiotic resistance is a problem that affects every country in the world. Bacteria are evolutionary melting pots and in a short amount of time are able to acquire genes that allow them break down antibiotics and survive our current treatments. 270 more words

Research

Q2 Understanding antibiotic resistance and Staphylococcus aureus

Q2 in our JMO pre-test asked: “What is the main mechanism by which the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus becomes resistant to penicillin?” We gave alternatives enumerating basic mechanisms that micro-organisms use (often in combination) to become resistant to an antimicrobial agent (graphic below).   205 more words

Antimicrobial

Effective Home Remedies for MRSA

MRSA is a profoundly infectious skin disease. It is mostly caused by some of the microscopic organisms, which assault the skin through a cut or an injury. 300 more words

Health

JBJS Reviews Editor’s Choice–Sport-Related SSTIs

I may never go to the gym again!

In the January 2017 issue of JBJS Reviews, Mitchell et al. report on sport-related skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) as an ongoing problem across a diverse range of recreational, collegiate, and professional athletes. 432 more words

JBJS Reviews

Screening test recommendations for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus surveillance practices

Whittington, M.D. et al. American Journal of Infection Control. Published online: 23 January 2017

Highlights: 

  • Rapid screening tests reduce unnecessary surveillance costs.
  • Using polymerase chain reaction with universal preemptive isolation minimizes total costs.
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