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April 2011
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From the President: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance

Ricky Lannetti, a star college football player, was only 21 years old when a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection cut his life short in 2003. I had the honor of meeting Ricky’s mother, Theresa Drew, as she shared her son’s story earlier this month at two IDSA events highlighting the serious public health threat posed by antimicrobial resistance.

Updated Guidelines for the Prevention of IV Catheter-Related Infections
Released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), updated guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related bloodstream infections are now available online.
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This month, studies investigating: protease inhibitor therapy for chronic HCV infection, bacterial contamination of physician uniforms vs. infrequently washed white coats, alcohol prep pads contaminated with Bacillus, and an update on tuberculosis in the United States.

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Patient Care and Science
Uncomplicated Cystitis and Pyelonephritis Guideline Now Available for Mobile Devices
Drug Approvals, Recalls, Adverse Events Update
Clinical Practice Management
Electronic Health Record Incentives Program: Online Attestation Now Open
CMS Reconsiders Physician Signature Requirement for Lab Services
Global ID
IDSA, HIVMA Members Urge Against Global Health Cuts
Center Asks President Obama to Attend UN Meeting, Show U.S. Leadership on HIV/AIDS
Grant Renewal to Fund Global Center Through November 2011
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA Lays Out Policy Plan to Address Antimicrobial Resistance
FY 2011 Budget Deal Includes Severe Cuts to Health Agencies
Your Colleagues
Members on the Move
Welcome, New Members!
Education & Resources
IDSA Influenza Conference Available Online, with CME Credit
IDSA Lyme Disease Online Course Offers CME Credit
Top Stories
From the President: Combating Antimicrobial Resistance
Updated Guidelines for the Prevention of IV Catheter-Related Infections
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