MedicalHorizon: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance


MedicalHorizon: Preventing Antibiotic Resistance


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Indiscriminate use of antibiotics has led to a global crisis in antibiotic resistance, and clinicians must understand the urgency of appropriate usage, according to an editorial in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association -- JAMA. The editorial was authored by Robert P. Gaynes, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine and a physician at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Background Indiscriminate use of antibiotics has led to a global crisis in antibiotic resistance, and clinicians must understand the urgency of appropriate usage, according to an editorial in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association -- JAMA. Robert P. Gaynes, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases) at Emory University School of Medicine and a physician at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, wrote the editorial to accompany a paper in the same JAMA issue describing an outbreak of linezolid-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LRSA) in an intensive care unit in Spain. Linezolid is used to treat a variety of bacteria, including methiciliin-resistant S aureus (MRSA). Clinicians have not learned from previous issues with antibiotic resistance, and it is essential that they take the problem seriously, Gaynes says. Related Link Preserving the Effectiveness of Antibiotics JAMA, 6/9/2010 http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/303/22/2293


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