Jen, who has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis her whole life, is not a typical healthy adult and this bout with the “common cold” quickly escalated and culminated with Jen being fast-tracked for a double lung transplant. She had watched her lung function decrease over the years sometimes slowly, other times having a rapid decline. This was a rapid decline and the straw that broke the camel’s back.
In an effort to prevent future outbreaks, the FDA has begun a round of microbiological surveillance sampling on frozen berries. The agency is collecting frozen strawberries, frozen raspberries, and frozen blackberries in retail packaging and completing testing for both HAV and norovirus.
Researchers from the California Department of Health presented data at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) demonstrating that a single highly resistant bacterial strain persisted within the ICU of a northern California hospital for over three years, infecting numerous patients admitted to the ICU.
PCT has become the workhorse diagnostic test for many antibiotic stewardship programs in the U.S. and abroad. The latest issue of the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine (CCJM) highlights the important role PCT testing now plays in stewardship.