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Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) Presenations  
  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS comments on the importance of the microbiome to overall patient health and the prevention of infectious disease. Until we have the capability of monitoring a patient's microbiome we should at least be screening for dangerous pathogens. Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Jan. 31, 2019.  https://youtu.be/cLjN6MTkuPc      PACCARB Oral Comments

    Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS comments on the epidemic of drug resistant bacteria and the need for more resources and commitments to stop spread and to safeguard healthcare workers. The need for increased surveillance of carriers and for healthcare worker safety. In addition, there should be a surveillance system for MDRO acquisitions in healthcare workers and economic safety net.  (PACCARB) - Jan. 30, 2019. https://youtu.be/vcFwjD7uLtk    PACCARB Oral Comments

  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS, comments on the need for greater focusing on the control of spread of Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms.  Antibiotic stewardship programs alone are not likely to reverse the epidemic and there is no certainty that new antibiotics can be developed.   The Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria  (PACCARB) - Sept. 26, 2018.    YouTube Video (2 mins):  https://youtu.be/OnX-QH51JQ8     PACCARB Written Comments

  • Kevin T. Kavanagh, MD, MS discusses the importance of forming standards for control of Resistant Organisms.  In addition he discusses problems created by research integrity and an overreliance on hand hygeine.   Presidential Advisory Committee on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria.   May 16, 2018.  YouTube Video https://youtu.be/ufOXcHitRp0    Download Text of Presentation

  • Kevin Kavanagh, MD, MS provides a short comment on chlorhexidine research integrity, WHO recommendations for surgical antisepsis and FDA medical device approval.   Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) - Sept 14, 2017    
    https://youtu.be/W1XHZqqVuhs   Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT.  Health Watch USAsm comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria on MRSA tracking and prevention, along with the need for a better definition of an "outbreak", the over dependance on hand hygiene and the importance of knowing the patient's microbiome.  Sept. 13, 2017.   YouTube Video:   https://youtu.be/fLT8fOZrfzw

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria regarding the United States missing goals for reducing MRSA and other resistant pathogens along with the need for a mandatory publicly reported comprehensive surveillance system to track multi-drug resistant organisms.  Jan. 25, 2017.  YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/hbdXX3a_OIY     Written Comments

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm Comments at the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria.  "The committee needs to ensure that our healthcare institutions make the needed investments in prevention and patient safety, along with setting well-defined standards for screening, isolation, environmental cleaning, appropriate staffing and worker safety. "  Sept 19, 2016.  YouTube Video:  https://youtu.be/RGlpKY1L-S4     View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm Comments on the importance of preventing the transmission of resistant bacteria between patients. In addition, the importance of nursing, worker safety and carrier surveillance was stressed. Attention was also drawn to polymixin B in topical over-the-counter antibiotics as a possible cause of resistance to colistin. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Jun. 21 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/t2LM9IuN7fQ   View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm Comments on the importance of preventing patient-to-patient transmission. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Mar. 31 , 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/-IB1qF1qP48   

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm Comments on chlorhexidine, surveillance and public disclosure of conflicts of interest in the confrontation of the antibiotic bacterial resistance epidemic. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Mar. 30, 2016. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/iG1aQZftqb0  View Written Comment

  • Kavanagh KT. Health Watch USAsm Comments on research integrity, conflicts-of-interest, the need for firm standards, the tying of antibiotic stewardship to funds for antibiotic development and public reporting of antibiotic provider utilization data. Presidential Advisory Council for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. Sep. 29, 2015. Washington DC. YouTube Video: https://youtu.be/b67J-X5c8gU   View Written Comment  

 
MRSA Picture

The pictures on the right and left are photomicrographs of
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA).