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Rubin, Michael

Institution: University of Utah School of Medicine
Grant Title: Antibiotic Use and Bacteriuria in the Rural Nursing Home
Grant Number:  K08 HS014017
Duration: 5 years (2003-2008)
Total Award: $673,650

Project Description: The goal of this project is to improve the care and safety of residents of nursing homes in rural areas of Utah by addressing the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and inappropriate antibiotic use in this setting.  The focus of the work will be antibiotic resistance among gram negative urinary isolates and the management of catheteri-associated bacteriuria and urinary tract infections in the rural nursing home setting.

Career Goals: Dr. Rubin is an Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Clinical Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He earned his MD and PhD. from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He served both his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and we went on to earn his M.Sc. in Clinical Investigation and Medical Informatics. Dr. Rubin is interested primarily in bedside-to-community translational research encompassing the domains of medical informatics, decision-support systems, and simulation modeling, particularly as these related to infectious diseases and infection control surveillance.

Progress to Date: This grant has been completed. The research suggests most rural long-term care facilities (LTCFs) have adequate infection control programs and reasonable IT infrastructure, but it is uncertain if these facilities take full advantage of existing capabilities. Although rural LTCFs frequently experience infections with drug-resistant organisms, a PDA-based decision-support tool did not appear to impact antimicrobial prescribing.

Highlights and Specific Accomplishments:

  • 2007 Young Investigator Award from the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah.

K-Generated Publications: None thus far.

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