Melissa M. Gaitanis

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BACKGROUND Prospective audit and feedback is a core antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) strategy; however its impact is difficult to measure. METHODS Our quasi-experimental study measured the effect of an ASP on clinical outcomes, antimicrobial use, resistance, costs, patient safety (adverse drug events [ADE] and Clostridium difficile infection(More)
Eosinophilic pneumonia comprises a group of lung diseases in which eosinophils appear in increased numbers in the lungs and sometimes in the bloodstream. Several case reports link daptomycin use to this phenomenon. We performed a systematic literature review to identify cases of eosinophilic pneumonia associated with daptomycin use. Relevant studies were(More)
A recent analysis demonstrated that infectious diseases (ID) specialty intervention was associated with decreased mortality and hospital readmission. These benefits were greatest if involvement occurred within two days of hospital admission. Antimicrobial stewardship programs should augment the services of an ID specialist team and promote formal(More)
In February 2010, Mr. R, a 49-year-old male with well-controlled HIV infection on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), was referred to our HIV/viral hepatitis coinfection clinic for evaluation of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. While he was worried about the degree of damage to his liver and whether HCV treatment was indicated, his(More)
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