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First FDA-approved treatment for preventing Ebola virus

In late December 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Merck’s Ervebo, the first FDA-approved vaccine to prevent Ebola virus disease. The FDA Deputy Commissioner for Policy, Legislation, and International...
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Nurse and antimicrobial stewardship: Efforts are underway to address the looming crisis

Everyone knows the bad news: Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is common. The good news is that healthcare providers, public health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health...

Educational interventions to increase Tdap vaccination rates among pregnant women

The highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis remains a public health problem for the United States.1 Infants have the highest morbidity and mortality rates from pertussis because of a lack of immunity at birth and...

Evaluating suppressive therapies to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections: A literature review

Because of increased antibiotic resistance rates, healthcare providers need to determine the usefulness of non-antibiotic suppressive therapies for women experiencing recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs). The authors reviewed the literature to ascertain which, if...

Hands: Keep them clean

By Julie Cullen, Managing Editor, American Nurse Today It's National Handwashing Awareness Week, so what better time to remind everyone about the importance of hand hygiene to help prevent the spread of infection?  The American...

Boosting HPV vaccination rates: A call to action

Faculty Nancy R. Berman, MSN, ANP-BC, NCMP, FAANP, is a nurse practitioner at Michigan Healthcare Professionals in Farmington Hills and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit,...

Antibiotic stewardship

Every nurse has a responsibility to prevent antibiotic resistance. Takeaways: Nurses have a key role to play in preventing infections and preserving the power of antibiotics. Antimicrobial resistance is a growing danger that threatens our...
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Position Statement: Human Papillomavirus Vaccination

The National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health (NPWH) supports an intentional and concerted effort to improve human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates—with the goal of ending cancers caused by HPV. All nurse practitioners...

This week is International Infection Prevention Week!

This week is International Infection Prevention Week, and American Nurse Today recognizes the importance of raising awareness of infection prevention. American Nurse Today offers several resources, including our Technology’s Role in Infection Prevention Advisor Series,...

Sexually transmitted diseases: An update on retesting guidelines and reinfection prevention strategies

Approximately 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) occur in the United States each year.1 To help healthcare providers (HCPs) treat these infections and prevent new infections, the CDC has issued Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2015, an...

CDC Reports a Rise in cases of STDs

In early October 2019, the CDC released a report showcasing a rise in the rates of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia in the United States. The report states that cases of these sexually transmitted diseases...

Innovative end-to-end total arthroplasty care

An improvement project reduces surgical site infections. Takeaways: Establishing an end-to-end care process involves collaboration with the patient, clinical coach (family/support system), the multidisciplinary team, and all the facilities involved. Reducing surgical site infections starts...

Influenza update 2019-2020

Protect yourself and your patients with timely vaccinations. WITH FLU SEASON beginning, your yearly flu shot is more important than ever. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone over 6 months...