Only You Can Prevent Superbugs

SuperBugWRAntibiotic resistance isn’t new. A lack of new antimicrobial drugs is a large part of the superbug problem, but overprescribing and mismanaging antibiotics have also contributed to the development of superbugs, which kill 23,000 in the U.S. each year, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports. Focusing on the five “Ds”of antimicrobial prescribing is a start: diagnosis, drug selection, dosage, de-escalation and duration, IHI reports. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also offers a guide for hospital antibiotic stewardship programs. Just try not to get caught up in superbug hysteria.

More to Watch on the Superbug Front

Another multidrug-resistant threat is emerging, this time in the form of a yeast known as Candida auris, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC notes in a clinical alert that health care facilities with a suspected C. auris infection, which carry a high mortality rate, should contact state or local public health agencies, and keep the suspected infected patients in single rooms. For more on the subject, see the American Hospital Association.

A Story About a Physician Who's Not Burned Out

Walter Lawrence Jr. M.D. entered med school during World War II, sees patients twice a week in Richmond, Virginia and wouldn’t have it any other way. He penned a letter to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on how medicine has advanced since his time before antibiotics and when operations were dangerous and often limited. And what initially drew him to the profession hasn’t changed. “Never forget that it is truly a privilege to enjoy the complete trust of another human being, a person who depends on both your problem-solving ability and your concern for their welfare,” he wrote. 

Electronic Health Records In an iPhone Near You

WW_AppleApple is looking to step up in the world of health tech. The company’s new iOS 10 will allow patients to keep their medical records securely on their phone using the Apple Health app, 9to5Mac, an Apple-centric blog reports. What’s new about this is the mandatory use of the Health Level 7 Continuity of Care Document format for storing physician-created electronic medical records. Medpage Today speculates that in the future, patients may be able to easily share their HL7 compliant records on their phone with a hospital’s EMR system — eliminating the need for coordination between institutions when transferring health records. Jet packs may be just around the corner as well.