In the United States, according to a 2013 report by The Centre of Disease Control and Prevention, at least 2 million people possess serious infection with bacteria that are resistant to one or more antibiotics
designed to treat infections and approximately 23,000 people die of infections annually due to antibiotic
Regrettably, Dr Taofeek Adeyemi, Tz Hospital, Idi Ape, Ibadan, said already antibiotic
resistance is contributing to higher medical costs, prolonged hospital stays and increased mortality.
Inappropriate dosages cause resistance as they grant ample time for bacteria to mutate and resist the antibiotic
When a patient needs antibiotics
, the benefits outweigh the risks of side effects and antibiotic
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stocks at home in case of emergency###Yes###180 (45%)###50 (12.
The first new antibiotic
to be discovered in nearly 30 years has been hailed as a 'paradigm shift' in the fight against the growing resistance to drugs.
9% rate of unnecessary antibiotic
prescriptions are for self-limiting Upper Respiratory Tract infections.
Although current guidelines call for reduced use of antibiotic
prophylaxis, their adoption has been slow or incomplete.
To reduce the global rise in resistance we need to reduce use and improve antibiotic
stewardship across all sectors.
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Improper use of antibiotics
can mean that antibiotics
are sometimes prescribed when no infection is present or the wrong antibiotic
may be given to treat a certain infection.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now have clear guidelines outlined to improve antibiotic
prescribing, and many doctors are posting their commitment to meet such guidelines.
Also, it is important to continue the antibiotic
for the duration it is prescribed even if you feel better after a few days.
At Sacred Heart Medical Center, the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee monitors antibiotic
use and recommends changes where appropriate.
resistance is a "ticking time-bomb" and should be put on the Government's National Risk Register, which also includes "catastrophic terrorist attacks" and other civil emergencies, Prof Dame Sally Davies has warned.