Higher Acuity – The Threat of Antibiotic Resistance

According to the CDC, every year 2 million people in the United States become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections. Assisted living providers are increasingly faced with residents who have infections with organisms such as Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium difficile; all of which are highlighted in a new report from the CDC: Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.

This first-ever report ranks antibiotic resistant germs by threat severity and provides four core recommendations to fight these deadly infections:

  • preventing infections and preventing the spread of resistance
  • tracking resistant bacteria
  • improving the use of today’s antibiotics
  • promoting the development of new antibiotics and developing new diagnostic tests for resistant bacteria

Click here to download a copy of the free report. Inside you will find detailed information on over a dozen antibiotic resistant germs.

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