Why pay more attention to invasive fungal infection (IFI)?
Invasive fungal infection, or IFI for short, should be a concern to any health care provider who cares for critically ill patients. These diverse infections pose a serious threat to patients’ well-being, particularly those who are critically ill and/or immunosuppressed, and the number of IFIs has persisted over the past 2 decades, due in part to the widespread use of immunosuppressive therapies.1-4
This site provides an overview of these infections for the entire health care team, with a particular focus on team members who do not specialize in infectious diseases. Here you can also learn why appropriate stewardship of antifungal agents is so important, and explore ways to optimize transitions for patients moving from one care setting to another. Last but not least, My IFI provides you with resources that you can use to educate patients and their caregivers about these serious infections.
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