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Your 2017 Infection Prevention Checklist

It’s that time of year again where the flu, stomach bugs, allergies, germs and other illness are kicking it into high gear. However, we want to help you prevent sickness before it happens! Use our handy checklist below for better health this season. Infection Prevention Checklist #1 – Clean your hands. Clean your hands frequently using […]

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Strep Throat Around Town

Dr. Sammy Saad, a physician in the Children’s Emergency Department, confirmed today what I have been hearing on the street.  For the past two weeks, strep throat has been spreading rampantly throughout our community.   Dr. Saad confirmed that we are now seeing an average of six children each day who are diagnosed with strep in […]

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Flu Surge

Predicting the pattern for an upcoming flu season can be challenging. While this fall showed promise for a mild season, the number of patients in our emergency departments with flu or flu-like illness is now increasing rapidly, suggesting that perhaps the worst is yet to come. Beginning the first of December and climbing within the […]

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Snubbing Salmonella

Robin Carver, RN, is WakeMed‘s director of infection prevention & control. Salmonella seems to be everywhere these days with The Food and Drug Administration releasing new recalls daily due to contaminated black and red pepper and  hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP).  Salmonella infection generally does not cause serious illness, but it does cause uncomfortable gastrointestinal symptoms and can […]

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