Antibiotic resistance is not a theoretical problem anymore. We are encountering resistant bacteria that have few antibiotic options. To treat these bacteria, we have to reach for antibiotics that may not work as well and have more frequent toxicities.
Appropriate antibiotic use is often thought of as a balancing act between good patient care and avoiding antibiotic resistance. But, appropriate antibiotic use IS good patient care. Antibiotics have revolutionized medicine, but patients exposed to them are also more likely to develop resistant infections including C. difficile and adverse reactions. Avoiding antibiotics when they are not needed reduces the risk of these harmful events.
As providers, it’s important to consider what we can do to keep patients safe while curbing antibiotic resistance — and have the tools to communicate this to parents. Here are a few simple actions we can take: …Read More