Division of Infectious Disease
An active and well rounded team.
The infectious Diseases physicians at Hackensack University Medical Center are involved in many activities such as infection control; antibiotic stewardship; quality improvement; education of medical students, residents, fellows, pharmacy residents and students, and nursing students; community education; the Hepatitis Treatment Center; the AIDS Outreach Program; World AIDS Day education programs; and research.
What conditions do you treat?
Infectious diseases physicians are asked to assist other physicians in the treatment and/or prevention of infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. An infectious diseases consultation may be requested by a physician to help a patient with an overwhelming infection (sepsis) or fever, or in the interpretation and management of a positive culture result. The infections may involve the lungs (pneumonia), blood (bacteremia), urinary tract, skin (cellulitis), bone (osteomyelitis), central nervous system (meningitis or encephalitis), intestine (colitis) or other sites.
What treatments do you offer?
Infectious diseases specialists provide their services to patients as a consultation at the request of the patient’s physician. Some infectious diseases physicians in the Division specialize in specific treatment areas such as stem cell transplant oncology, or viral hepatitis. Infectious diseases specialists may also see healthy people who plan to travel to foreign countries or locations where infection risk is higher. In these cases, Infectious Disease specialists can help determine whether special immunizations or other preventive measures are necessary to protect travelers from acquiring diseases overseas.
AIDS Outreach Program
The AIDS Outreach Program is designed to treat and support individuals diagnosed with either HIV/AIDS who do not have health insurance. The program is funded by the Ryan White Grant and utilizes a multi-dimensional team approach to care, addressing medical, emotional, family and financial needs.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Antimicrobial resistance is increasing and there are few new agents under development to combat this threat. Clinicians must exercise prudent judgment in their decision to prescribe antimicrobials in order to decrease the accelerating rate of resistant organisms. The Medical Executive Committee at Hackensack University Medical Center endorsed the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) in order to facilitate the appropriate use of antimicrobials, optimize patient outcomes, and curtail the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. The ASP team consists of infectious diseases specialist Rani Sebti, MD and infectious diseases clinical pharmacy specialists Patrick Lake, PharmD, and Siddharth Swamy, PharmD, BCPS and has administrative support through Pharmacy and Clinical Operations Administrator Nilesh Desai. In addition to assisting clinicians with antimicrobial selection and dosing, the ASP publishes and regularly updates treatment guidelines that incorporate both evidence-based medicine and local resistance patterns. Because of the antimicrobial stewardship practices in place, Hackensack University Medical Center has been named as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
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