PostRx antimicrobial stewardship feasible in community hospitals

(HealthDay)—Postprescription audit and review (PPR) is a feasible and effective strategy for antimicrobial stewardship in community hospitals, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in JAMA Network Open. Deverick J. Anderson, M.D., from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and colleagues assessed the feasibility of implementing two core Infectious Continue Reading

Innovative new antimicrobial adhesive uses essential oils to reduce bacterial infection risk in Europe’s hospitals

A group of European researchers will be harnessing the natural antibacterial properties of essential oils. Their goal is to create an adhesive antimicrobial film that could prevent deadly infections in hospitals, reported an Alpha Galileo article. Their efforts are part of the “Antimicrobial FLEXibal POLymers for its use in hospital environments” (FLEXPOL project), which is funded Continue Reading

Antimicrobial chemicals in soap products found to permanently harm developing babies in utero

Triclocarban (TCC), the most common antibacterial chemical compound found in various personal care products such as soaps and lotions, can inadvertently be transferred from mother to child, inducing irreversible damage to the developing fetus. TCC was also noted to interfere with the lipid metabolism in the baby, which could potentially Continue Reading

Adjustments In Dosage Of Antibiotics And Other Antimicrobial Agents According To Patient’s Bodyweight Are Necessary

An article in this week’s edition of The Lancet reports that doses of antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents should take into account the patient’s bodyweight, to maximize their potential effectiveness. The viewpoint is the work of Dr Matthew E Falagas, Alfa Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Athens, Greece, and Tufts University Continue Reading