Antibiotic Stewardship: Long-Term Solutions for Long-Term Care
Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global health threats identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Antibiotics are life-saving drugs, but misuse has led to the development of multidrug resistant organisms1-3 (MRDO), or “superbugs”: bacteria that have developed resistance to several antibiotics.1,2,4
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