How Can Health Care Practitioners Actively Fight Antibiotic Resistance?
SEP 13, 2017 | CONTAGION® EDITORIAL STAFF
Daniel Pilch, PhD, associate professor, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, explains how the health care system must change in order to battle antibiotic resistance. One way health care practitioners can address the problem is to stop overprescribing antibiotics, especially for viral infections. Dr. Pilch also stresses the importance of choosing the right antibiotic, as well as the right dose, for suspected pathogens. Furthermore, Dr. Pilch stresses that patients need to adhere to the medication for the entire recommended treatment duration.
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