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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.

UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.

Superbugs are a 'Fundamental Threat'

If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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Active MRSA Surveillance Program

The IP Col-lab-oration Project presents a two-part live webinar series focusing on effective MRSA Surveillance Programs.

Part one will be led by Lance Peterson, MD, CIC, who will provide guidelines and expectations of active MRSA surveillance. It will reinforce the importance of collaboration between the hospital clinical microbiology laboratory and the hospital infection prevention department in accessing your facility needs for MRSA surveillance testing, and developing and implementing an effective MRSA surveillance program. This information is imperative for individuals involved in implementing, assessing, or maximizing the use of active MRSA surveillance testing as part of a complete HAI prevention program.
It will be presented on March 6 at 3:00 pm (eastern).

Part two will be led by Lillian Burns, MT, MPH, CIC. She will provide insight on the economic and clinical significance of implementing a MRSA surveillance program and what administrators need to understand. Additionally, she'll discuss how the lab and infection control can work together to implement solutions.
It will be presented on March 8 at 3:00 pm (eastern).

Both webinars are free for ASM members. To listen to the discussion, visit, select the webinar, scroll to the bottom and click the button "Live Online Webinar" and add to cart. Then select the "non-member" button and type IPLAB2012 in the Registration Discount code field.

The IP Col-lab-oration Project is a collaboration between ASM and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. It brings together leaders in infection prevention and the lab. Through this relationship, ASM and APIC members will gain the insights of thought leaders from the lab community that will help deepen the knowledge and expertise for the common goal of achieving better patient outcomes.