Link Newsletter - February 2023
Our February issue features the latest news and updates on pediatric care from Children's Mercy clinicians.
Invasive Group A Streptococcus: Outbreaks, Alerts and Hot Topics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently investigating an increase in invasive group A streptococcal (iGAS) infections in children in the U.S. and several European countries.
Eyelid Swelling: What's the Diagnosis
A 6-year-old previously healthy female is admitted directly from a referring emergency department (ED) in the community for further evaluation and management of right eyelid swelling.
Select the correct diagnosis and course of treatment for this patient.
Evidence Based Strategies: Bronchiolitis Management
Bronchiolitis remains one of the most common diagnoses in ambulatory and acute care pediatric settings. This article reviews evidence surrounding the role of pulse oximetry and implications of hypoxemia in the setting of bronchiolitis.
Wise Use of Antibiotics: Treating Group A Streptococcal Infections
Review different types of Group A streptococcal infections and the latest recommendations for testing and treatment of them.
Vaccine Update: Pneumococcal Vaccines
Use of PCV 15 (pneumococcal 15-valent conjugate vaccine) as an alternative to PCV 13 (pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine) is anticipated to further reduce pneumococcal disease incidence in children and adolescents by inducing immunity against two additional strains of S. pneumoniae.
New Resource for Antimicrobial Stewardship: Stewie Shares
Check out this fun new addition to The Link: the monthly "Stewie Shares" infographic from our Antimicrobial Stewardship team. This one-page, visually rich flyer contains information for both clinical and non-clinical audiences on current issues related to antimicrobial topics.
Take a moment to read February's edition, which addresses the question: "Why are we so in LOVE with antibiotics?"
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