What is Antibiotic Resistance?
Antibiotic resistance occurs when an antibiotic has lost the ability to control or kill bacterial growth. This means the bacteria become “resistant” and multiply, even in the presence of an antibiotic. There are many commonly-known resistant infections called Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) that plague hospitals and other healthcare environments.
Many bacteria. A few are drug resistant.
Antibiotics kill many of the bacteria that are causing the illness in addition to the good bacteria.
The drug-resistant bacteria now have the perfect environment to multiply and take over.
Are HAI’s Antibiotic Resistant?
More than 70% of the bacteria that cause HAIs are resistant to at least one of the drugs most commonly used to treat them. Common infections include Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli and Clostridium difficile.
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