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Tennessee Department of Health says Overuse of Antibiotics can Harm Individuals and Damage Drugs’ Value to Society

 

Tennessee Department of Health - TDOHNashville, TN – Antibiotics are crucially important tools doctors have to fight life-threatening bacterial diseases, but are losing their effectiveness against some infections.

The Tennessee Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cite overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which can decrease their healing capabilities and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 16th-22nd, 2015

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 16th-22nd, 2015

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American Stroke Association says Vaccines may lower Kids’ Stroke Risk

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA – Routine vaccinations may reduce the higher risk of stroke in children that is associated with common infections, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2014 in San Diego.

In a large, international study, researchers are examining the link between infections and ischemic stroke – those caused by a clot blocking blood flow in or near the brain. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center ranks average in Consumer Reports new ratings for U.S. Hospitals for Scheduled Surgeries

 

Ratings Analyze Length of Hospital Stays and Mortality Rates; Includes Ratings for Five Common Surgery Types

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery.

In Tennessee, 38 Hospitals were evaluated. Only the Center for Spinal Surgery and Saint Thomas Hospital, both in Nashville, TN, got a top rating. Seven Tennessee Hospitals were ranked at the bottom which included The University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville TN, and Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, TN, to name a couple. Thirty Tennessee Hospitals were ranked average including Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville, TN. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reports additional localized Infections associated with Tainted Steroid Injections

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Since Thanksgiving, the Tennessee Department of Health has resumed efforts to contact patients who received tainted steroid injections, believing some were at risk for new or additional infections at or near the injection site.

That has, indeed, been the case as a total of 23 people have been identified as having new, localized infections.

Altogether 107 persons in Tennessee have confirmed illnesses of some type associated with injections of contaminated methylprednisolone acetate from New England Compounding Center. No infections from other contaminated NECC products have been identified in Tennessee to date. «Read the rest of this article»

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Laboratory Testing and Results from the Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta, GA – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s laboratory-confirmed results found on this page are from three New England Compounding Center (NECC) preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) lots recalled on September 26th, 2012.

CDC’s Fungus Reference Laboratory has the capacity and technology to examine fungal isolates under the microscope and to confirm their identification using DNA sequencing methods.

Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections

Cases with Fungal Infections Linked to Steroid Injections

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Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak update from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlanta, GA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with state and local health departments and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), is investigating a multistate fungal meningitis outbreak among patients who received contaminated steroid injections.

Several patients suffered strokes that are believed to have resulted from their infections. The investigation also includes fungal infections associated with injections in a peripheral joint, such as a knee, shoulder or ankle.

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak - Current Case Count

Multistate Fungal Meningitis Outbreak – Current Case Count

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Tennessee Department of Health Provides Update on Outbreak of Infections Associated with Epidural Steroid Injections

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health today provided updated information regarding an ongoing investigation of an outbreak associated with epidural steroid injections.

A total of 18 patients with meningitis, epidural abscess, or posterior circulation stroke associated with either cervical or lumbar epidural steroid injections at clinics in Nashville, TN and Crossville, TN have been confirmed. «Read the rest of this article»

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or MRSA: Awareness, Prevention key to stopping Infection

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Thanks to modern antibiotics, many infections are treated with relative ease with an injection or other form of these medications. But some germs have become resistant to these remedies and are harder to fight. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one of these.

MRSA may cause skin infections that can appear as raised bumps or boils which are often red, swollen, painful or have pus or other drainage. These infections are often mistaken for spider bites. More advanced MRSA cases can include wounds that don’t heal, pneumonia and blood infections. «Read the rest of this article»

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MRSA: Awareness, Prevention Key To Stopping Infection

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Thanks to modern antibiotics, many infections are treated with relative ease with an injection or other form of these medications. But some germs have become resistant to these remedies and are harder to fight. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one of these.

MRSA may cause skin infections that can appear as raised bumps or boils which are often red, swollen, painful or have pus or other drainage. These infections are often mistaken for spider bites. More advanced MRSA cases can include wounds that don’t heal, pneumonia and blood infections.

MRSA infections occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, and dialysis centers. (Janice Haney Car/CDC).

MRSA infections occur most frequently among persons in hospitals and healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, and dialysis centers. (Janice Haney Car/CDC).

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Gateway Medical Center ranked lowest of 37 Tennessee Hospitals rated by Consumer Reports

 

New score looks at Infections, Readmissions, CT Scans, Communication, Complications, and Mortality

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals for safety, combining six key measures into one composite Rating.  Overall, Consumer Reports rates 1,159 hospitals in 44 states in four special regional editions of its August issue and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.

Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center got a safety score of 31 out of 100. The lowest score of the 37 Tennessee Hospitals rated. Gateway got poor ratings for avoiding bloodstream infections, avoiding readmission’s and communication about drug information. Gateway had a morality rate that was worse than the national average.

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