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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 »
MRSA Bacteremia Question Redux — and the “Answer” by Paul Sax Posted Sun 14 Mar 2010 6:04am As noted here, I recently had to answer a question on management of MRSA bacteremia as part of an every-10-year cycle of test-taking. (For more on that joyous process, read this interesting debate  here in the New England Journal of Medicine. ) The question seemed to have no obvious right answer, so I did what one is explicitly allowed ... Read on »
Meds IV Pharmacy, IV Compounded Products Recall: Outbreak of Serratia Marcescens Bacteremia in Alabama Hospitals by FDA Posted Wed 30 Mar 2011 2:43pm [Posted 03/30/2011] AUDIENCE: Risk Manager, Pharmacy ISSUE: The Alabama Department of Public Health announced an ongoing investigation of an outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia in six Alabama hospitals. On March 16, ADPH was notified that an outbreak had occurred in two of these hospitals among patie ... Read on »
Test Question on MRSA Bacteremia by Paul Sax Posted Fri 05 Mar 2010 3:14pm I just happened to be taking a test the other day — something I do for fun every now and then, say every 10 years or so — and I came across this question (slightly condensed/changed to protect the innocent): Man with history of IDU admitted with fever, has bacteremia due to MRSA (MIC 2 mcg/mL confirmed by E-test). Found to have mycotic an ... Read on »
Unanswerable Questions in Infectious Diseases: Persistent MRSA Bacteremia by Paul Sax Posted Thu 30 Jan 2014 2:11pm Ok, here’s a favorite of adult ID specialists everywhere — a real tough one. The case goes something like this: Older person, many medical problems. Probably is on hemodialysis, with the vascular surgeons having some difficulty with access. There’s diabetes, of course, and cardiovascular disease, and oh yeah, a mechanical aortic valve tha ... Read on »
Pneumonia by Cheri Fraker Posted Sat 27 Feb 2010 12:00am Hi All. I have been sick the entire month of February. Two weeks ago I was diagnosed with pneumonia. This has been quite an experience and one I do not wish to repeat ever again. Next week, I am off to a pulmonologist and when I recover, I will take the pneumonia vaccine and start focusing on improving my respiratory function. My chest CT ... Read on »
The Relationship Between Gum Health & Systemic Health by The Verigin Dental Health Team Doctor of Dentistry Posted Wed 04 Nov 2009 10:05pm By Gary M. Verigin, DDS, CTN A research team at a prestigious university hospital was conducting an experiment: how does a bullfrog react to a handclap? They set the frog on a table and clapped their hands. The frog jumped. Then they severed the frog’s right front leg. Again, the handclap; again, the frog jumped. They cut off the left fron ... Read on »
Root Canals vs. Implants (We Say “Neither”) by The Verigin Dental Health Team Doctor of Dentistry Posted Wed 04 Nov 2009 10:05pm 2 Comments When we saw the headline “Why Save Bad Teeth? Dental ‘Heroics’ Unnecessary and Failure Prone”, we thought, “Of course,” and clicked the link to find what we suspected would be some kind of criticism of root canals – procedures done in lieu of extractions of deeply decayed teeth and which result in keeping dead teeth in the mouth. Notably, thi ... Read on »
Antibiotics in nutshell!!! by Dr. Virashri R. Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Posted Fri 25 Sep 2009 10:13pm An antibiotic is a substance or compound that kills or inhibits the growth of bacteria. Antibiotics can be broadly classified as either bactericidal or bacteriostatic. Bactericidals kill bacteria directly where bacteriostatics prevent cell division. Antibiotics which target the bacterial cell wall (penicillins, cephalosporins), or cell membrane (po ... Read on »
Ambulatory Treatment Feasible for Infants With Febrile Urinary Tract Infections by Poh Tin Tan Posted Mon 10 Aug 2009 4:22pm From Medscape Medical News Laurie Barclay, MD Charles P. Vega, MD, FAAFP July 13, 2009 — Ambulatory treatment is feasible for infants aged 30 to 90 days with febrile urinary tract infections (UTIs), according to the results of a cohort study reported in the July issue of Pediatrics. "It is common practice to hospitalize 1- to 3-mon ... Read on »