Today's global crisis in antimicrobial resistance should never
have come as a big surprise. Read more
Antibiotics are a precious component of the healthcare workers' armamentarium, but they have become a threatened medical resource. The prevalence of antibiotic resistant infections is growing faster than new antibiotics are being developed. For these reasons, each prescription decision impacts the effectiveness of antibiotics for all patients. APUA's aim is to foster prudent use of antimicrobials by minimizing unnecessary use, targeting therapy to the organism, and reserving broad-spectrum agents for the most urgent needs. This review provides an historical perspective on the antibiotic resistance problem and the unique challenges that it presents to healthcare practitioners, and describes the multifaceted approaches of antimicrobial stewardship that are urgently needed to help preserve these critical resources for generations to come.
Stuart B. Levy, MD 2014
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