Balancing the Use of Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics and Patient Health

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. Good antibiotic stewardship means treating each patient with the precise antibiotic for their infection and discontinuing their exposure to antibiotics that will not help them, as rapidly as possible. So, there should not be a conflict between using powerful antibiotics when they are needed and avoiding them when another drug …

How One of the First Cases of CRE “Nightmare Bacteria” on the West Coast was Identified

By the bioMérieux Connection Editors The incidence of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infection in U.S. hospitals has been growing steadily for the last decade. This spread is due to the acquisition of the carbapenemase genes since the first carbapenemase producer was identified in 1993, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since then, …

Why the Incidence of Antibiotic Resistance Infections Increased while the Rate of Antibiotic use Remained the Same

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. The purpose of a hospital-based antibiotic stewardship program is to reduce cases of antibiotic resistant infections by getting patients on the right drug sooner and by limiting the unnecessary use of antibiotics, specifically broad-spectrum antibiotics. The misuse and overuse of antibiotics has been shown to be the primary cause of …