IDWeek 2012

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IDWeek: A Joint Meeting of IDSA, SHEA, HIVMA, and PIDS. IDWeek 2012(TM) is an exciting new venture. With the theme—Advancing Science, Improving Care—IDWeek will feature the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan.

Conference Coverages

Study Reveals Surprising Findings That Certain Pneumonia Patients Don't Get Guideline Care
Study Reveals Surprising Findings That Certain Pneumonia Patients Don't Get Guideline Care
Physicians often do not follow treatment guidelines for health care-acquired pneumonia, resulting in nearly two-thirds of patients receiving antibiotics that conflict with established guidelines.
Study Shows Effectiveness of Ultraviolet Light in Hospital Infection Control
Specific spectrum of UV light can effectively kill drug-resistant VRE, c. diff, and other sources of serious hospital-associated infections.
Infliximab Shown to Be Safe for the Treatment of Kawasaki Disease
However, researchers at IDWeek 2012 said that although the drug showed a biological and a clinical effect during a phase III study, it did not meet the primary efficacy outcome.
New Discoveries Lead to More Effective Management of Pneumonia, Meningitis, and Endocarditis
Researchers at IDWeek 2012 presented new information and guidance on the diagnosis and management of three of the most deadly infectious diseases: pneumonia, meningitis, and endocarditis.
Fecal Transplant Shown to Be Effective against Even Severe Cases of C. Difficile Infection
Intestinal microbiota transplant is a viable option for patients with C. diff infection who have not responded to conventional treatment.
Studies Underscore Deadly Risks of Flu, Highlight Benefits of School-based Vaccinations
Researchers at IDWeek 2012 show that influenza can pose fatal health risks even to otherwise healthy children with no serious underlying medical conditions. They also revealed that children who were vaccinated at school were much less likely to get the flu, leading to fewer school absences.
Use of EMR Does Not Reduce Prescription Drug Errors with HIV Medications
Study results presented at IDWeek 2012 in San Diego show that the EMR use by hospitals does not curb high rates of medication errors involving the complex antiretroviral regimens used in HIV treatment.
Universal Employee Influenza Vaccination Decreases Employee Sick Days
Study results presented at IDWeek 2012 show that requiring flu vaccination for all employees at a large health care facility resulted in a significant drop in the employee absence rate during flu season.
Meningitis Outbreak Death Toll Rises
Public health experts at IDWeek 2012 provided updates on new case reports, the CDC's efforts to contain the outbreak of fungal meningitis, information on assessing asymptomatic patients, and more.

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