What Can We Do?

When you think about the problem of having antibiotic resistant bacteria growing amongst us the question arises, what can I do to help slow or even prevent this from happening? The effectiveness of antibiotics is starting to decline and the development of new antibiotics for new bacteria is slow. “According to new data released by the National Healthcare Safety Network a growing number of healthcare-associated infections are caused by bacteria that are resistant to multiple antibiotics. These include: MRSA, vancomycin-resistantEnterococcus, extended-spectrum cephalosporin-resistant K. pneumonia (and K. oxytoca), E. coli and Enterobacter spp., carbapenem-resistant P. aeruginosa, carbapenem-resistant K. pneumonia (and K. oxytoca), E. coli, and Enterobacter spp.”  This was taken from an article on the CDC website found at the following link. Here they ask the following question, "So, what can we do to prevent antibiotic resistance?" This is what we are all wondering. Check out this great article and see what can be done to help prevent the growth of antibiotic resistant bacteria. 

                                Chart: Antibiotic development in dwindling. View large image.

                                              Chart: Resistance Doubles. The antibiotic resistance percentage increases from 31% in 2006 to 58% in 2008. View large image.