Continued Success of Small Hospital’s “Bug Squad” a Wake-Up Call for Healthcare Facilities Still Lagging in Antibiotic Stewardship

St. Luke’s Magic Valley (SLMV) Medical Center in Twin Falls, Idaho, provides a model case for how a small hospital can dramatically reduce overuse of antimicrobial drugs when the microbiology lab and pharmacy work collectively and continuously with the clinical staff on stewardship. St. Luke’s “Bug Squad” program saved the hospital $830,000 in fiscal year …

How One of the First Cases of CRE “Nightmare Bacteria” on the West Coast was Identified

The incidence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection in U.S. hospitals has been growing steadily for the last decade. This spread is due to the acquisition of the carbapenemase genes since the first carbapenemase producer was identified in 1993, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since then, resistance has spread to Enterobacteriaceae …