Infections and Antibiotics

Adair, Ann
May 2005
PN;May2005, Vol. 59 Issue 5, p38
Trade Publication
The article focuses on infections and antibiotics. An infection is when microorganisms reproduce in large enough amounts in the patient's own tissues to cause problems or make the individual sick. Antibiotics are chemical substances that prevent the growth of or destroy microorganisms. They inhibit or kill microorganisms in the affected area without seriously damaging the cells. They do this by interfering with the microorganisms' functions. Increased resistance to a growing number of antibiotics is a serious problem facing infection-control experts. It is wise to reserve certain new antibiotics for use in treating serious infections due to potential development of resistance.


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