ADD ARTICLEMODIFY ARTICLENEW ARTICLESCOOL ARTICLESTOP RATEDSEARCH
PUBLISHER INFOAUTHOR INFOEDITOR INFO

Looking for something in particular? More search options
Allergy, Asthma: Overuse Of Antibiotics  Previous Next

Overuse Of Antibiotics

by: Hana R. Solomom, MD

OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS


We are overusing antibiotics so that bacterial resistance is becoming a significant threat. The CDC has estimated that treatment of infections due to resistant bacteria costs more than $4 billion annually. There are many factors associated with increasing resistance.
• Increased antimicrobial use in the community and hospital
– Increase in empiric antibiotics
– Prolonged and broad-spectrum antibiotic courses
– Repeated antibiotic courses
• Prolonged Hospitalizations
• Severely ill patient status
• Immunocompromised state
• Increase use of intravascular devices and catheters
• Inadequate infection control procedures
• Antibiotic use in animals and agriculture

The medical community can help curb this problem by offering the patient narrow spectrum or older antibiotics, shorter duration of therapy when appropriate and manipulating the dose of antibiotics. Perhaps even more importantly, doctors need to educate their patients regarding the risk of using antibiotics and spend more time discussing prevention. Patients would be wise to ask if there are any other options to consider, if watchful waiting is an option and if the antibiotic is specific for the condition.
Together, we can reduce this significant threat of bacterial resistance.

Hana R. Solomon, MD
August 16, 2005
drhana@nasopure.com



YOURLINK.com

To find other free health content see e-healtharticles.com

Get HTML Code for your Site Below:

(Publishers, you may need to add in paragraph tags on some articles.)

Submitted by: drhana
Read 1 Reviews
(Added: Tue Aug 16 2005 Hits: 4213 Downloads: 5 Rating: 0.00 Votes: 0)   Rate It   Review It

 

e-HealthcareSolutions:   Get healthcare advertising information.
e-HealthLinks:   List your health site.
CME-Directory:   List or find a CME course.
e-HealthWire:   Submit your health-related press release.
e-HealthDiscussions:   Join our health discussions.
Privacy Policy