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 …

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Why Technology Alone Can’t Solve Antibiotic Resistance

By Chris Cook, PharmD, Ph.D. Battling a serious infection is a race against the clock. When a patient enters the ED with symptoms that suggest a bloodstream infection, the biggest concern is sepsis and septic shock. Septic shock is an immune response to a blood-stream infection that quickly spirals out of control, leading to widespread …