Antimicrobial Resistance

Half of hospitalized Americans are prescribed antibiotics

Half of hospitalized Americans are prescribed antibiotics

Of the patients, 79.5% received antibiotics to treat infections, and 19.0% received them to reduce the risk of infection during surgeries.

CDC: Beware of antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

CDC: Beware of antibiotic resistance in foodborne pathogens

The rate of resistance to quinolone drugs in Salmonella typhi rose to 68% in 2012.

Minnesota bans triclosan in hygiene products

Minnesota bans triclosan in hygiene products

An estimated 75% of anti-bacterial soaps and body washes sold in the United States contain triclosan.

Households a major CA-MRSA reservoir

Households a major CA-MRSA reservoir

Study provides evidence to support decontamination strategies for patients with MRSA.

Drug resistance may be driving rise in gonorrhea incidence

Drug resistance may be driving rise in gonorrhea incidence

Emerging ciprofloxacin resistance could have substantial future health, economic consequences.

Declines in antibiotic prescribing rates slowing

Declines in antibiotic prescribing rates slowing

Large decreases in antibiotic prescribing rates achieved in the early 2000s appear to be plateauing.

'Nudging' cuts unnecessary antibiotic use

'Nudging' cuts unnecessary antibiotic use

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A simple poster intervention helped primary care clinicians significantly reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory infections.

Antibiotic failure and weight in obese patients

Antibiotic failure and weight in obese patients

Frequent infections in obese patients lead to more frequent use of antibacterial medications in this population than in those who are not obese.

FDA wants proof antibacterial soaps work

FDA wants proof antibacterial soaps work

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The FDA issued a preliminary rule that will require antibacterial soap manufacturers to prove that their products provide clinical benefit.

FDA starts phasing out antibiotics in food animals

FDA starts phasing out antibiotics in food animals

The agency has developed a strategy to phase out antibiotics use in the feed and water of food animals due to concerns about antimicrobial resistance.

No overall benefit with universal gown, glove use

No overall benefit with universal gown, glove use

No one-size fits all approach to infection control, but universal precautions may be useful in certain high-risk settings.

Antibiotics still overused in bronchitis, pharyngitis

Antibiotics still overused in bronchitis, pharyngitis

There was no change in the rate of prescribing by primary care physicians from 1997 to 2010 and an increase in antibiotic use in EDs.

Acute pharyngitis in an adult

Acute pharyngitis in an adult

Were antibiotics the right decision in this clinical scenario?

Novel antibiotic protocol selects against drug resistance

Novel antibiotic protocol selects against drug resistance

A new approach to drug cycling may help healthcare providers select against the development of antimicrobial resistance.

CDC ranks antibiotic-resistant infections

CDC ranks antibiotic-resistant infections

Antibiotic overuse and misuse are the leading factors that contribute to antibiotic resistance.

Intervention cuts pediatric antibiotic Rxs

Intervention cuts pediatric antibiotic Rxs

A clinician education intervention improved adherence to antibiotic prescribing guidelines for common bacterial acute respiratory tract infections.

Many women with uncomplicated UTI willing to delay antibiotics

Many women with uncomplicated UTI willing to delay antibiotics

The majority of women who delayed antibiotics for UTI reported spontaneous improvement after one week.

Tailoring antibiograms aids in antibiotic prescribing

Tailoring antibiograms aids in antibiotic prescribing

Differences noted in P. aeruginosa ciprofloaxacin susceptibility among inpatients and primary-care outpatients.

Antibiotic overuse must be avoided

Antibiotic overuse must be avoided

How can I avoid unnecessary antibiotic use while still satisfying my patients?

Cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea emerging in U.S.

Cephalosporin-resistant gonorrhea emerging in U.S.

Neisseria gonorrhoeae is developing resistance to the only remaining class of antimicrobials available to treat gonococcal infections, the CDC reports.

Tedizolid equivalent to linezolid for skin infections

Tedizolid equivalent to linezolid for skin infections

Skin and soft tissue infections responded equally well to treatment with linezolid (Zyvox) or a short course of the investigational agent tedizolid.

Many with <i>C. difficile</i> receive unnecessary antimicrobials

Many with C. difficile receive unnecessary antimicrobials

Antibiotic overuse in patients with new-onset C. difficile suggests disease recurrence risk is potentially avoidable.

Managing UTIs in women

Managing UTIs in women

Urinalysis and physical exam determine if the infection is complicated or uncomplicated, primary or recurrent and guide treatment strategy.

Patients underestimate average duration of cough

Patients underestimate average duration of cough

Mismatch between patients' expectations of and the actual duration of acute cough illness may contribute to antibiotic overuse.

FDA approves Sirturo for MDR-TB

FDA approves Sirturo for MDR-TB

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Bedaquiline (Sirturo) has been granted accelerated approval to be used as part of combination therapy to treat adults with MDR-TB.

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

Don't let spoiled food sour your patients' summer

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As more people grill and prepare food outdoors, are you prepared to treat patients who present with acute gastrointestinal illness?

Identifying viral vs. bacterial sinusitis

Identifying viral vs. bacterial sinusitis

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Although the vast majority of sinus infections are caused by viruses, IDSA recommends prescribing antibiotics for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis.

IDSA issues guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis

IDSA issues guidelines for acute bacterial rhinosinusitis

Establish a clinical diagnosis of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis before initiating therapy with β-lactam antibiotics, the Infectious Disease Society of America recommends.

Helicobacter pylori: Toward effective eradication

Helicobacter pylori: Toward effective eradication

When choosing among the available treatment options, consideration must be given to local prevalence and antibiotic resistance.

Fecal transplant curbs recurrent C. diff diarrhea

Fecal transplant curbs recurrent C. diff diarrhea

The majority of patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated infection recover after undergoing fecal transplantation via colonoscopy.

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