VO: ANTIBIOTIC DRUGS CONTINUE TO SAVE COUNTLESS LIVES EVERY DAY. HOWEVER, UNNECESSARY USE OF THESE MEDICATIONS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT INFECTIONS. A NEW STUDY EXAMINED ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBING PRACTICES IN A CROSS SECTION OF U-S HOSPITALS TO SEE HOW COMMON ANTIBIOTIC USE IS, WHAT TYPE OF ANTIBIOTICS ARE BEING USED, AND WHY.
“When we looked at the most common antibiotics that patients were getting we did find that they tended to be what we call broad spectrum antibiotic drugs.
VO: DR. SHELLEY MAGILL FROM THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION AND CO-AUTHORS SURVEYED 183 U-S HOSPITALS. FROM MAY THRU SEPTEMBER OF 2011, EACH HOSPITAL SELECTED A SPECIFIC DAY TO REPORT ON WHAT TYPE OF ANTIBIOTICS HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS WERE RECEIVING. THE STUDY APPEARS IN JAMA, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.
“One out of every two patients that were surveyed was on an antibiotic. About half of all the patients on antibiotics were getting two or more antibiotics. The very most common drug overall was a drug called vancomycin.”
CATHERINE DOLF, THE JAMA REPORT.
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