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CDC Telebriefing: New Vital Signs Report - Are Prescribing Practices Putting Hospital Patients at Risk?

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Media Advisory

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

PLEASE NOTE: The media telebriefing is scheduled at Noon ET and the Vital Signs content is embargoed until 1pm ET.

What

Poor antibiotic-prescribing practices in hospitals can needlessly put patients at risk for Clostridium difficile infection (deadly diarrhea) and future drug-resistant infections. This month, the CDC Vital Signs report looks at prescribing practices and variations, and calls on all U.S. hospitals to improve antibiotic-prescribing practices.

Who

Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
John R. Combes, M.D., Senior Vice President, American Hospital Association

When

Tuesday, March 4 at Noon ET (Content embargoed until 1pm ET)

DAIL-IN:

Media: 888-795-0855
Non-Media: 800-369-1605
International: 1-630-395-0331
PASSCODE: CDC MEDIA

Important Instructions 

If you would like to ask a question during the call, press *1 on your touchtone phone. Press *2 to withdraw your question. You may queue up at any time. You will hear a tone to indicate your question is pending.

TRANSCRIPT
A transcript of this media availability will be available following the briefing at CDC’s web site: www.cdc.gov/media.

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

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