Management of Community-Acquired Respiratory Tract Infections

Remington, Jack S.
September 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;9/1/2004 Supplement, Vol. 39, pS141
Academic Journal
The article presents information about a symposium entitled "Treatment of Respiratory infections and innovative Solutions to the Evolving Problem of Resistance" that was held to address new challenges in the management of community-acquired respiratory tract infections (CARTIs) at the 42nd Annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy on September 27, 2002, in San Diego, California. CARTIs are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. Among the many contributing factors are the emergence of resistant respiratory pathogens, especially high-level and multidrug-resistant pathogens, and inappropriate antimicrobial use. In his presentation, Dr. Adolf W. Karchmer provided a historical perspective on the emergence of resistance by reviewing the results of several large surveillance studies, highlighting the most recent results of the Prospective Resistant Organism Tracking and Epidemiology for the Ketolide Telithromycin. Patient compliance and the efficacy of the drug are crucial to the successful use of antimicrobials to treat CARTIs.


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