Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) recently initiated an Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) as a result of two global phenomena: 1) the emergence of multi-drug resistant organisms and 2) a failure to develop new anti-infective agents.
Outsmarting the bugs
Antibiotic resistance is the ability of a microbe to outsmart or evade the current arsenal of antibiotic drugs available. There are other organisms such as viruses and fungi that cause illness, but antibiotics aren’t effective against them.
“The ‘drivers’ of resistance are many, but we know that the more an antibiotic is used the more likely it is that an organism will find a way to ‘dodge the bullet’ and become resistant,” explains Dr. David Williams, lead physician for HCMC’s ASP. Continue reading
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Whittier Imaging is now open in Hennepin County Medical Center’s Whittier Clinic at 2810 Nicollet Ave. in South Minneapolis. The new imaging center offers routine head, neck, spine, pelvic, fetal and musculoskeletal imaging, minor interventional radiology procedures, and vein care.
Featuring Philips equipment and technology, Whittier Imaging has a state-of-the-art MRI that provides the most advanced imaging equipment and techniques to screen for underlying disease and assist in the diagnosis and treatment of known or suspected illness. This 70 cm bore MRI is quieter and more comfortable, and can accommodate larger patients. Continue reading