Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 06, 2014
Antibiotic stewardship programs reduce costs, improve outcomes
Antibiotic stewardship programs, which promote the appropriate use of antibiotics in hospitals and other healthcare centers, not only lead to reduction in antibiotic use with reduced adverse events, but also lead to significant savings.

Patients call for health professionals to discuss care needs in life-threatening illnesses
Patients with COPD would like healthcare professionals to discuss palliative care needs in more detail, according to a new study.

Mandatory policy boosts flu vaccination rates among health care workers
Hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy, according to a Henry Ford Health System study.

New single-dose influenza drug appears safe and effective
An analysis of phase 2 and phase 3 clinical trials shows that a single injected dose of the neuraminidase inhibitor peramivir is safe and effective at alleviating influenza symptoms, including fever and viral shedding, when administered within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms.
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