Author Archives: Erin Laird

Against Antimicrobial Resistance: A Local Commitment to Fighting a Global Threat

Antimicrobial drugs like antibiotics transformed medical care, rendering once life-threatening infections easily treatable and reducing the risk of infection associated with surgery and chemotherapy. Advances in agriculture soon followed as farmers began using antimicrobial drugs…

International Infection Prevention Week 2017: Local Approaches to Combatting Antibiotic Resistance

Since the discovery of penicillin in 1928 by Alexander Fleming, antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs have revolutionized treatment of infectious diseases. However, even at the time of discovery, Fleming himself cautioned that resistance was a…

Promoting Patient Safety: Overcoming Challenges at the Local Level

March 12–18 is Patient Safety Awareness Week, a campaign developed by the National Patient Safety Foundation to increase awareness about patient safety among health professionals and the public. Broadly defined, patient safety refers to the…