Antibiotic Resistant Antibiotics Resistant Bacteria Essay

906 Words Jul 16th, 2015 4 Pages
Antibiotics are a phenomenal class of drugs that saved many lives, since the arrival of Penicillin in the 1940s. However, the misuse and over exposure of antibiotics created antibiotic resistant pathogens, causing a substantial threat to humanity in the form of severe infections. Antibiotic resistance is a global problem that can impose a catastrophic threat to people in every country. Each year in the unites states, at least 2 million people become infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria and at least 23,000 people die each year as the direct result of antibiotic resistant infections. According to the centers for disease control and prevention, the inappropriate use of antibiotics and dearth of developing new antibiotics considered as the prime causes of antibiotic resistance (CDC, 2010). However, up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not required or are not optimally effective as prescribed.

Antibiotic resistant infections impose a tremendous amount of financial burden on already loaded US health care system. Even though antibiotic resistant pathogens cannot be prevented, it can be controlled. Therefore this mandates the urgent action from the health care providers to develop interventions or strategies to reduce the rate of antibiotic resistant infections. Therefore, this literature review identifies the health care provider’s role in reducing and effectively managing the…

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