Infectious disease experts Benoît Guery, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland, and Javier Cobo Reinoso, Infectious Disease Consultant, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, Spain, are featured in this article, which covers the challenges that practitioners, infectious disease experts, and hospital managers tackle in developing and implementing effective antimicrobial strategies that support better patient outcomes.
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Demographic and Clinical Presentation of Hospitalised Patients with SARS-CoV-2 During the First Omicron Wave
Since the detection of the first cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Omicron variant causing COVID-19 infections in South Africa in November 2021, there have been a few population-based reports to suggest that the clinical severity and presentation of this variant is different to previous COVID-19 surges. This variant is known to have several mutations to previous variants of this virus; hence, it was predicted to be much more infectious due to possible immune evasion.
Antibiotic Stewardship Attitudes and Beliefs Among Frontline Staff Nurses: Impact of Virtual Education
Nurses are vital healthcare team members and are often underutilised in antimicrobial stewardship (AS) activities. Several nursing responsibilities, such as taking allergy history and obtaining cultures, already overlap with AS activities.
Tackling Extended Hospital Stays in Patients with Acute Bacterial Skin and Skin Structure Infections
Hospitalisation rates for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infection (ABSSSI) are rising and represent a large pharmacoeconomic burden as treatment may involve an extended number of days of antibiotic therapy.
A Perfect Storm: COVID-19 and Antimicrobial Resistance
For decades, infectious disease and public health experts have recognised antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and resulting infections due to multidrug resistant organisms as a persistent and increasingly urgent threat to public health at the local, national, and global level.