FAQ: Antimicrobial Resistance & Antimicrobial Use
This document has been prepared for educational purposes by:
Mark Loeb, M.D., MSc.
Microbiologist, Infectious Disease Consultant
Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.
Should you have questions regarding individual health concerns
or health care practices, please consult your physician or health
care provider directly.
» Should health care facilities
be changing their approach to antibiotic use?
Given the rapid emergence of bacterial resistance
in health care facilities, especially hospitals, optimizing antibiotic
use is an important concern. Excessive and inappropriate use of
antibiotics may not only render commonly used antibiotics ineffective,
but may also lead to an avoidable increase in side effects as
well as cost. It is extremely important that institutions critically
evaluate how and when antibiotics are used, and ensure that the
best choices are made by individual prescribers.
» How can health care
facilities improve their use of antibiotics?
A number of strategies exist to help health
care facilities deal with this problem:
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Pfizer Canada Inc.