Higher antibiotic use at teaching hospitals raises resistance fears

December 2008
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Dec2008, Vol. 82 Issue 12, p47
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The article discusses findings of a study on antibacterial drug use in the U.S. It found that antibacterial drug use appears to have increased at academic medical centers between 2002 and 2006. Overuse of antibiotics is linked to an increase in drug resistance by certain types of bacteria. Data from 35 hospitals showed that in 2006 a total of 775,731 patients were discharged, with 492,721 receiving an antibacterial drug. The researchers note that the mean vancomycin use increased by 43 percent.


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