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6th May, 2017
Updated CDC guidelines to prevent surgical site infections

Surgical site infections (SSIs) are preventable healthcare-associated infections, also called nosocomial infections. They rank among the top five healthcare-associated infections, besides ventilator-associated pneumonia, central line-associated bloodstream infections, Clostridium difficile infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. SSIs not only increase costs of health care, but also the associated morbidity and mortality for the patient. Preventing SSIs is therefore important. 
For the first time since 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated evidence-based recommendations for preventing surgical site infections (SSIs), These recommendations are published online May 3, 2017 in JAMA Surgery. Some key new and updated recommendations include:
  • Patients should be advised to shower or bathe (full body) with soap (antimicrobial or nonantimicrobial) or an antiseptic agent on at least the night before the day of the surgery. 
  • Antimicrobial prophylaxis should be administered only when indicated. The timing of the antimicrobial should ensure a bactericidal concentration in the serum and tissues at the time of the incision.
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Vitamin D deficiency highly prevalent among Indians
About 70% Indians highly deficient in the sunshine vitamin

New Delhi, 05 May 2017: According to recent studies, about 65% to 70% of Indians are deficient in the sunshine vitamin or Vitamin D, with another 15% being insufficient. Despite the fact that India is a country with abundant sunshine, Vitamin D deficiency is reaching epidemic proportions, warn experts. Vitamin D is not just a simple vitamin but a steroid hormone impacting virtually every cell in the body. It is essential for the absorption of calcium and for maintaining bone health, and our body synthesizes this vitamin on exposure to sunshine. 

 Vitamin D is one of most essential vitamins required by our body. Lack of sun exposure not only causes Vitamin D deficiency but can also make you SAD, literally. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) happens mostly during monsoon and winter when sun exposure is at its minimum. It makes you feel low and lethargic. 
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