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AAE's Updated Antibiotic Prophylaxis Guidelines by Dr. Jason Hales Doctor of Dentistry Posted Sat 23 Aug 2008 11:57pm As many of you know, on April 19th, 2007, the American Heart Association announced a major change in the guidelines for antibiotic prophylaxis to prevent infecti v e endocarditis in certain dental patients. ( Click here to see the official publication) The AAE has also released it's updated ... Read on »
Our Obsession with Dental Antibiotic Prophylaxis and an E-mail from Mom by Paul Sax Posted Fri 30 Mar 2012 7:19am I have a regular, highly efficient email correspondence with my mother — who never really liked talking on the phone to begin with (neither do I), so email is perfect for us. The topics we cover are mostly family stuff, and food — she’s a food writer , after all, so it might be a recipe worth trying or a recent restaurant find. But ye ... Read on »
Is it Important to Take an Antibiotic Before Dental Procedures or other Invasive Procedures if I have a Total Joint Replacement? by Dr. Tony DiGioia Medical Doctor Posted Mon 22 Mar 2010 1:01pm The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons released an information statement reinforcing the need to take prophylactic antibiotics when having dental work or other invasive procedures.  This recommendation comes from the fact that deep infections of total joint replacements are very costly, both financially and emotionally for the pa ... Read on »
Orthodox Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine and 'Evidence' by Dr. Brian K. Medical Doctor Posted Sun 24 Aug 2008 3:32pm Before I write more about homeopathy and evidence based medicine I feel the need to declare who I am and what sort of doctor I am. Other bloggers have described me as ‘a homeopath’ and although technically true, that is not how I would choose to position myself in medicine. WHO AM I? I am a medical doctor who uses a whole person orie ... Read on »
Meaningful Use Criteria by Rich Elmore Patient Expert Posted Sat 02 Jan 2010 9:10pm The Hitech Act provided for incentives to eligible professionals (EP) and hospitals that have adopted Certified EHR Technology and can demonstrate that they are meaningful users of the technology. HHS has published the proposed rule governing the criteria for me aningful use . The criteria for meaningful use will be finalized in 2010, foll ... Read on »
Nasotracheal and orotracheal intubation are both associated with a about a 12% incidence of bacteremia but this may not be clini by David Smith, MD Posted Mon 05 Oct 2009 10:03pm Valdes et al did a prospective study of 110 patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia.   Venous blood samples were obtained before and then 30 seconds after intubation.   Bacteremia after tracheal intubation was detected in 6 of 50 patients who had orotracheal intubation and 7 of 60 patients after nasotracheal intubation.   Seven of ... Read on »
Pediatric UTI: Putting the Guidelines Into Practice by Poh Tin Tan Posted Tue 18 Oct 2011 11:43pm From Medscape PediatricsAn Expert Interview With S. Maria Finnell, MDLaurie Scudder, DNP, PNP; S. Maria Finnell, MD, MS10/05/2011Editor's Note:The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently published an updated Clinical Practice Guideline and technical report addressing the diagnosis and management of an initial urinary tract infection (UT ... Read on »
Study: Nature Beats Drugs For Urinary Tract Infections by Colette Bouchez Healthy Living Professional Posted Tue 05 May 2009 6:02pm The first head-to-head study reveals cranberry extract beats a common antibiotic in the treatment of urinary tract infections. Here’s what you need to know – By Colette Bouchez - As we head into the holidays most folks are concerned with avoiding hangovers, heart burn, and maybe a cold or flu. But for women – particularly those in mid l ... Read on »
Part 2: So you've decided to test for GBS, you still have options by Kathryn H. Patient Expert Posted Fri 16 Jul 2010 8:53am If you haven't already, you may want to read Part I of this post, which includes a fabulous article by Judy Slome Cohain, CNM. ***REMEMBER THAT NEITHER ANTIBIOTICS NOR HERBS, NOR CHLORHEXIDINE/HIBICLENS WILL GUARANTEE THAT YOUR BABY WILL BE GBS FREE.***  Babies born with GBS (from mom) have been shown to be protected from antibo ... Read on »
Your infection questions answered by Louise Posted Mon 11 Jun 2012 8:46am Here are Dr. Michael Gardam's answers to your questions following  our interview  about infections acquired in hospital. Dr. Gardam is medical director of infection prevention and control at Toronto's University Health Network . 1. Do you believe that it is an acceptable practice to wash with an antibacterial wate ... Read on »