Bacteria are constantly evolving, so even if we are able to develop an arsenal of new drugs, we will always need to stay one step ahead of the bugs. For that reason, we need to use diagnostics tests to help doctors prescribe antibiotics more accurately.
While going through the process of selecting an electronic health record (EHR) platforms, many hospitals assume that these systems include ASP functionality or can easily integrate with ASP software, but that isn’t true.
While we continue to overuse and misuse a great deal of antibiotics, we have not significantly increased the overall number of antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. during the last decade. So why are we seeing such a rapid increase in new mechanisms of resistance among microbes, especially bacteria?
No matter how cutting-edge a new microbiology detection technology is, healthcare institutions will fail to curtail resistance if that technology is not used as a part of a larger antibiotic stewardship effort.